A message from our CEO

When we did the work to define our organisational purpose ‘to protect people in critical situations’ early in 2019, we could not possibly have imagined quite how relevant it would become.

The Covid-19 pandemic has really served to underline the criticality of the work we do for our customers and proved once again our ability to rise to even the toughest of challenges.

I couldn’t be more delighted by the way the team has stepped up when we have been really needed over the past few months, helping write a whole new chapter in our illustrious history.

We often get accused of being too modest but that doesn’t mean we don’t share a huge sense of pride in our achievements, past and present, because when lives, nation and progress are at risk, we can’t and won’t let people down.

Alistair McPhee
CEO, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group

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Proud to Fly the Flag

We are incredibly proud of the contribution that our teams across the globe are making every single day, whether that’s within our own business, on behalf of our customers or out in the wider community.

We look forward to showcasing some of their achievements over the months ahead and are starting with our Canadian Chief Engineer Ron Eckersley who spends his spare time literally ‘protecting people in critical situations’ by volunteering for the Chilliwack Search and Rescue Service.

Despite the closure of the country’s stunning Provincial Parks, the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped plenty of bikers and hikers needing to call on the support of Ron and his colleagues on the service.

Ron, who has been a volunteer for the past 10 years explains:

“Naturally we are having to make changes to the way in which we respond to calls for help, to ensure we adhere as much as possible to social distancing guidelines, one recent rescue mission involved 20 searchers all travelling in separate vehicles but the main thing is that we are able continue to provide what is a vital service for our local community during these challenging times.”

It’s not just our Canadian colleagues who have stepped up during these trying times, employees at Marshall Advanced Composites in Kirkbymoorside showed their caring side by making 10,000 face masks to donate free of charge to local hospices, surgeries and care homes.

Most of our colleagues in Advanced Composites continued doing essential work for customers during the lockdown, but the few who could not, came up with other agile and creative ways to protect people in critical situations, by making face masks for frontline carers.

A small team of engineers designed protective visors and bought in plastic and foam to produce 10,000 of them free of charge.

Each visor took just a few minutes to produce but it took nearly three weeks to complete the project.

“The team has been inundated with requests for the visors and the feedback and appreciation we have been shown has been overwhelming,”

said General Manager, Carl Morse.

The first masks were delivered – at the requisite 2m distance – to clinics, care homes and hospices, then to primary schools and child care centres. Businesses, including hairdressers and bakeries also requested some.

“We’re delighted that we were able to redeploy some of our colleagues to this project and help our local community with vital equipment. It is truly exhibiting our purpose of protecting people in critical situations,"

One of the head teachers said:

“We really appreciate the delivery of face visors to school. During this time, the use of PPE enables the staff to feel a lot safer and fully enables them to do their job, allowing them to be closer to the children in our care.”

And pupils from Thornton-le-Dale Primary School took the time to write personal thank you letters, saying how they now feel protected as they return to school. ‘I really like that your products are comfy yet still protect us from the current pandemic.’

Other comments included that they liked how they fit different sized heads, that they now feel protected from risk, and that they feel like ‘knights in shining armour.’

We are proud that we are able to attract the best people, and that doesn’t always just stop with work.

Last year one of our former apprentices won a gold medal in the WorldSkills championships, which is affectionately known as the skills Olympics, but we also have a real life Olympic sportsman in our ranks.

Paul Bolland is an operator for Marshall Advanced Composites in Kirkbymoorside, but in his 20s he represented GB in men’s hockey in the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992.

“Walking out of the tunnel into the Olympic arena for the opening ceremony is something that I will never forget,”

said Paul, who joined Marshall in March 2019 and works on cockpit panels for the C-130 Hercules aircraft.

“The noise and the welcome at the opening and closing ceremonies were the most amazing thing. It made up for not actually winning a medal.”

The GB hockey team finished fifth in Barcelona, knocked out by Germany, who went on to win gold.

However, Paul does have a number of medals, including gold and silver, and 98 national caps, that he won in World and European Championships, and displays with pride at home near York.

And when he played for Hounslow Hockey Club, the team were named European Cup winners in 1990 in Frankfurt and won numerous other league and national cups every year from 1988 to 1992.

Since taking up hockey as a 15-year-old, Paul has had the opportunity to travel to the four corners of the world to represent his country.

He gave up playing competitively about 20 years ago, but has since helped future generations of hockey hopefuls in his native Yorkshire, helping to coach and train schoolboys in the game.

“Unfortunately my knees are destroyed, so I don’t play anymore, but I have some fabulous memories,”

Flying the Flag

We are very proud of our Sales Operations Manager Philip Tibbetts who became the first honorary vexillologist for the Court of the Lord Lyon (the organisation responsible for overseeing Scotland’s coats or arms and flags) last year.

Using his vexillology skills, Philip decided to create some of his own flag concepts that sum up the fantastic work that has taken place across the Marshall Aerospace and Defence business during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Learn more about the unique stories that lie behind each of Philip’s stylish #WeAreMarshall flag designs

Campaign Flag Design #01

The central sun image is voided to leave only its rays, symbolising a corona and the pandemic. At its centre is a sprig of mistletoe, which in the language of flowers (where roses mean love etc) the mistletoe has the meaning of overcoming adversity. Together with the company purple background this can be read as Marshall will overcome the corona adversity. As plants are also ventilators of the world the mistletoe can be seen as a specific example of our engineering to help in the crisis.

Campaign Flag Design #02

The field is divided by a zig-zagging diagonal line that forms four steps to represent the values of our company. Above these are a series of bees, a traditional symbol of teamwork, engineering and overcoming the impossible (it being impossible for bees to fly in early theories of aviation science). Together these symbols show that by working as a team, using engineering ingenuity and following our values we step up to challenges.

Campaign Flag Design #03

In heraldry the process of marshalling is to organise separate elements together. This field is divided into quarters to signify our role in organising support to our customers, and the yellow and green symbolising the NHS and Ambulance services - the lifesavers in this crisis. Over this is charged a griffin - a heraldic chimera comprising a lion, and an eagle, king of beasts and birds - to represent our land and air expertise. Griffins are legendary guardians of the divine and good - in this case the life savers - and red and white are associated with giving aid. The griffin looks back in vigilance showing that Marshall will guard the back of the country's lifesavers.