SSGC accelerates support for veterans with latest hire

By Nick Batten on 15 November, 2022

Swindon-based SSGC, one of the UK’s biggest independent security guarding companies, has accelerated its support for ex-services personnel with the appointment of a veteran engagement director and also its latest charity drive. 

The firm has appointed Major (Retd) Pat Ralph MM to lead its work with service leavers, helping them to access training and careers in civilian life. 

The veteran engagement role is the first of its kind in the security industry and underlines the company’s commitment to veterans, for which it has recently earned a Gold award from the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme. 

The appointment coincided with the company’s preparations to take part in the annual Race of Remembrance, a 12-hour endurance race at the Trac Mon circuit in Anglesey, to raise money for veterans’ recovery charity Mission Motorsport. 

SSGC Chief Executive Officer, David Stubbs, raced alongside his son Kyle Harmon, from MW Graphics, who designed and fitted the car’s livery, and Porsche Cup racer, Nigel Rice, as part of the combined SSGC and Mission Motorsport team in an endurance-prepared Ford KA. 

In addition, SSGC supplied a second vehicle – a Citroen C1 – which was driven by David’s business partner, Guy Dungworth, and three Mission Motorsport beneficiaries. 

SSGC’s endurance prepared Ford

The event was split over the two days of remembrance weekend (November 12th -13th), with competitors racing for six hours on each day, pausing in the pitlane at 11am on Remembrance Sunday for a service of remembrance. 

David said, “Our work with veterans is really at the forefront of who we are as a business so we are delighted to be taking part in the Race of Remembrance once again to raise money for such worthwhile causes. 

“We are also pleased to welcome Maj Pat Ralph to the team and are proud to be leading the industry with this unique appointment. 

“His work will help us to provide the veteran community with new opportunities and fulfilling careers. 

“Pat will also be working closely with our charity partner, Mission Motorsport, to encourage other companies to provide financial support for this vital cause, which provides such a great output for veterans living with physical injuries or PTSD from their service or simply needing a little hand along the way to adjust to civilian life.” 

Maj Ralph, who retired from the military following 55 years of service, will ensure SSGC builds on its commitment to the gold standard, while also spearheading its work with Mission Motorsport. 

Maj Ralph said, “Looking after service leavers is the thing that really drives me, because it is not an easy transition, and I want to support veterans and their families, both from a working and benevolent point of view. 

“On the recruitment side of the role, I will be developing our relationships nationally by talking to the veteran community and alerting service leavers to available jobs and training opportunities with SSGC. 

“I will also ensure we operate to the standards of the gold badge and lead by example through guaranteed job interviews and treating veterans with equal parity to the civilian community. 

“Ex-service personnel are ideally suited to security roles as they require similar skillsets, such as confidence and communication, as well as the ability to empathise and adapt to changing situations.”

Pictured: (top of page) Major (Retd) Pat Ralph MM, Veteran Engagement Director for SSGC