Corps Security has appointed Amy Wilkinson as its social value lead to work with charity partner Combat Stress and other bodies to boost the firm’s social impact.
Wilkinson began her career in the security industry with Wilson James in 2008, and over the past 13 years has held several roles in both sales and marketing. She joined Corps Security in 2019 as bid manager, working with colleagues to secure several large contracts with blue-chip clients.
In her new role, she will collaborate with Corps Security’ charity partner Combat Stress, the UK's leading charity for forces veterans' mental health, to define how the business can improve its social impact.
Corps said Wilkinson played a pivotal role in the company obtaining Social Enterprise status – from investigating how to apply to what credentials needed to be met.
She will work with the senior leadership team to ensure that the company’s activities continue to support its initial social mission, staying true to its roots and working closely within military communities. Corps Security was created in 1859 with a mission to provide employment for ex-service personnel returning from the Crimean War.
Mark Rogers, executive director of Corps Security, said: “Social Enterprise status brings many benefits. For our business it guarantees that our social mission remains at the very heart of all we do and ensures we continue to operate in an ethical, transparent, and accountable way. I am excited to have Amy lead on this. It is my hope that together we can achieve great things for our people and our planet whilst supporting our purpose and Amy will make sure as a business, we do exactly that.”
Wilkinson added: “One of the things I found when I joined Corps was it is not about the bottom line, whilst making a profit is important for Corps it is all about the people. I couldn’t be happier to take the lead on Social Enterprise. It is important for me that Corps gets the recognition it deserves for the work it does with ex-military personnel. Corps was founded on a social mission that it still lives by today. It is now my duty to make sure we keep that mission alive alongside achieving our environmental and governance goals.”
Corps Security’s clients have helped Combat Stress to fund 109 days for its helpline, with 4,500 calls, 2,070 of which were new callers seeking help. The group has also given 131 veterans individual sessions with a psychiatrist, funded 575 one-to-one trauma-focused sessions and 862 video therapy sessions at home. In addition, 2,632 participants can now attend one-to-one peer support group meetings across the UK.
In addition to meeting social enterprise criteria earlier this year and joining the growing number of firms able to offer a ‘diverse spend’ option, Corps Security was recently awarded the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award in recognition of its support for the Armed Forces community. It has also been a Living Wage Foundation-recognised service provider since 2020.
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