Samuel T. Reddy grew up in Mauritius..and knows what it's like to make big life decisions..and career transitions.
At age 19 he left the gorgeous island in the Indian Ocean to set up a business in China. Then followed work in customs and military life. He had three careers whilst serving with the army - from infantry to logistics and finally an interpreter. On leaving the armed forces Samuel decided to become his own boss. He used his own experiences to help create a successful career development programme.
Samuel who now lives in the UK is using his expertise to help those going through career transitions. He has his own company called Triatis Global and is a bestselling author. He works closely with veterans and believes they make the best leaders.
Samuel got in touch with us at The Wave and Swansea Sound after hearing about the work we are doing to raise awareness about the issues facing the armed forces community whilst serving and when they leave. He heard about our campaigning through the team at The Welsh Veteran Awards. Samuel was recognised at the English version of the event during 2019. It inspired him so much that he has now decided to sponsor a category at this year's ceremony in Cardiff. Both he and the award's founder Sean Molino chose to make the announcement and launch the initiative at our radio stations. The category will seek out those who are having an impact in their workplace.
He told us: "Having successfully engaged and transitioned from the military to become and entrepreneur and beyond, I believe everyone has influence, but most importantly I believe service leavers are the future leaders and service personnel have all the skills and attitude they need to strive in a world with constant disruption & dislocation. The Leavers To Leaders award as part of the Welsh Veterans Awards is to spotlight those who have successfully transitioned from the military and positively impacting organisations. The winners get to join the Leavers To Leaders conference in November to represent their companies because serving does not have to stop."
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The Veterans Awards are a National awards ceremony sponsored by Bridgend Audi - put together by veterans for veterans and those companies that support the initiative. The event promotes all things positive from the veteran community, rewarding veterans in sport, fitness, business and the wider community! There is even an award for civilian companies that go above and beyond to recruit from the military and support serving reservists.
Founder Sean Molino said: "I'm really excited to be working with Samuel and his team on this award especially as Samuel was a previous winner at our English Veterans Awards last year. Let's inspire our future service leavers that great things can happen when they do decide to leave the armed forces."
Sean will be one of the guest speakers at The Wave and Swansea Sound's Veteran Network Day 2020 at the Liberty Stadium this summer - where he will talk about the awards he founded and how local businesses can work towards being more veteran friendly.
You can apply or nominate for the veterans awards at the following link - https://veteransawards.co.uk/welsh-veterans-awards/ or enquire at firstname.lastname@example.org