May is highly significant in military circles with it being the month of Military Appreciation, while the 8th of the month – VE Day – marked the anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.
This makes it quite a pertinent time for us at Rose Partners and the extensive military background that has contributed to making the company what it is today. The nature of our work in post-conflict environments lends itself to those with military experience and a significant portion of our team have served in the armed forces, including the CEO and two of our founding partners.
Much of this work revolves around promoting and upholding the rule of law, implementing consent-based policing and governance that has the interests of the whole population, and creating a fair and prosperous society. This mirrors what service personnel have fought for throughout their military careers, particularly in post-WWII conflicts, which on a strategic level have focussed more on stable governance, internal security, and counter-insurgency, as opposed to those of heavy weapons and mass-maneuver across territory.
As a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, Rose Partners are proud to take the support of the veteran community seriously and provide employment for people who have served and make use of their wealth of transferable skills and experience.
‘When we started our current project in Libya, the country was effectively still in conflict,’ said Nick Kitson, Founding Partner of Rose Partners with 20 years’ experience in the British Army. ‘It takes people who are comfortable in these environments to be successful, particularly in civilian life without the wider support of the British government and the armed forces.
‘Having a workforce of people with this sort of experience stands us in good stead to deliver the ultimate purpose we serve for our clients. On an individual level, people that have served tend to be extremely dedicated, professional, hard-working, conscientious and know their business.’
Despite a turbulent political landscape surrounding recent British military campaigns, particularly those in Afghanistan and Iraq, an appreciative sentiment towards service personnel has grown in recent years. Not just towards those currently serving or those who have sadly lost their lives, but also towards veterans as awareness of issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder increases.
There are few greater embodiments of this sentiment than the Commonwealth War Graves. Rose Partners recently visited the Tripoli cemetery, which has survived years of conflict in the region to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
‘I’ve been to Commonwealth War Graves in various countries over the years and they’re probably the most poignant signs of appreciation that have endured since the Second World War’, Nick added. ‘It’s always hugely impressive and moving to see how beautiful and well-kept these sites are.
‘The protection and maintenance of these sites is testament to the dedication of the
Commonwealth Graves Committee as well as people of varying national groups, religious groups, and ethnicities across the world and their respect for sacrifice in war – it’s great to see.
‘In the case of Tripoli and Libya, with everything they’ve been through in recent years, particularly with regards to religious-based extremism, it’s been heart-warming to see the cemetery survive in all its beauty.’
The graves showcase the sacrifices made in the name of governance and stability, providing a reminder of the importance of upholding the rule of law in the interests of the population’s prosperity, education, and development.
Nick said: ‘It’s in the interests of people everywhere to reduce the areas of instability in the world because it can allow bad elements, such as terrorism and other destabilising influences to thrive and export across the world.
‘Whether we do it in uniform or as civilians, the opportunity to help stabilise countries, increase prosperity and increase education, is good for the local people and is ultimately good for us.’