I am Mike Oakes, Chair of the Veterans North Region and from the 1st January 2020 I have been the Chair of the Veterans Association. I have been involved with the Veterans for 10 years, starting off on the Yorkshire LA committee and then helping out with what was at that time the North & Midlands Region before becoming Chair of the Northern Region in 2018. I’m really looking forward to the both challenging and exciting times ahead.
I’d like to start off by saying a huge thank you to Ian Fidler who has retired as Chair of our Veterans Association after six super years at the helm. Ian has overseen a period of great change for Veterans including the transition of Veterans Support Services from Holborn to Manchester, an updated website, a huge change in the Associations funding, bringing in new online benefits to veterans and updating the Veterans News. Ian worked tirelessly for veterans, making sure we overcame the challenges we faced throughout those changes.
There are still challenges ahead of us and with our new team members Elaine Paris-Eley and Jayne Graham, the wealth of experience David Dahms and Rob Connelly bring and our enthusiastic and committed Vice President, Jon Hartland, I am confident we will continue to build on Ian’s great work.
Over the course of the next year we would like to hear from you. We’d like to know what sort of benefits mean the most to you and also look at what new benefits we might be able to offer to help attract new members to the Veterans Association. We will create a questionnaire to help us achieve this.
As Ian mentioned in his final Chair Update we need as many Veterans as possible to make the most of email communications with us. It will help us keep costs down and allow us to prioritise our funds into other areas benefitting Veterans and to make communication more effective. If you’d like access to Love IT, myHR or you’d like to receive our communications with you via email rather than through the post please let us know via HROps.Reward@sainsburys.co.uk
I’m looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible this year, especially at the 2020 Reunions. In the meantime, if you have any ideas or would like to get in touch with me, please send an email to Michael.Oakes@sainsburysveterans.co.uk