So we have had a very busy 6 months since our last Town Hall event, and so it was time for us to come together in order for the management team to update everybody, and share some of the successes we have achieved over this period.
Our bi-annual MTI Town Hall, which as you all know comprises a day of activity, including our morning update and the View From The Bridge.
This is a really important exercise for our management team to be able to update all staff members and consolidate as a team; part of the process involving us receiving anonymous questions from all of our staff.
Now, of course we receive some ‘questionable’ requests, to say the least, but the majority we receive are serious and provide food for thought in terms of what we could do differently. I unfortunately missed the morning session, but was updated on the progress of the day by my management team, and was able to get back in time for the afternoon session, where I gave my View From the Bridge, and where I was able to field questions being raised by you all. This gave me lots of food for thought into how we can make our company more productive and an enjoyable place to work.
However the day is not just about business – it was time to enjoy the more social aspect of the day as we moved to the social event later in the afternoon at 5pm, hosted at the Milford Golf Club, just down the road.
The evening involved a lovely buffet, which you can see here being enjoyed by some of the team – in fact some of the longest standing members; the chap in the white shirt in the foreground is Alasdair Young, who has been with us for 25 years. Behind him is Paul Burdett, a 20 year plus MTI veteran, and so I think they deserve to be at the front of the buffet queue!
Prior to this lovely spread, we played some games, which although designed to be a bit of fun became rather competitive…which came as no surprise based on those taking part! Steve McCormack and Brendan McCormack prevailed as winners in rounders, as captains of the service team, and of course were the happy recipients of the official winners plaque.
Other staff allowing their competitive streak to shine through included Ian Parslow, who you can see here enjoying (but losing) in a battle of Jenga. Better luck next time perhaps Ian – Phil Brown instead took the spoils, via his brilliant strategy, triumphing as the winner in the management Jenga trials!
The day was topped off by the fact that we raised £350 for charity, with the staff doing their bit and MTI matching their efforts. This was donated to our two nominated charities, the Canine Partners Charity, and the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity.
One special highlight of the day for me was the chance to present two awards to a couple of outstanding MTI staff members. The first was recognition from the local police for a Bravery Award, to Paul Brinkman, who tried to save a man who was drowning in a canoe, during a trip out on a run; he went above and beyond to try to help this unfortunate gentleman, and we are extremely proud to have him as part of our organisation. The second was the Two-Year Pen Award to Becky Firth, who has just completed her second year with us; who thought, as custodian of the pens, that she had got away with it. Well she thought wrong!
To wrap up, I thoroughly enjoy these events and feel that they provide a great opportunity to reflect and appreciate the hard work you all deliver for our company and our clients, whilst also giving me the opportunity to interact with all members of staff. So keep it up, and roll on the next event!