We are a proud signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, having become the first home builder in the South East to receive a Gold Award Armed Forces Covenant in 2023.

We continue our unwavering commitment to the fair treatment and support of the armed forces community, recognising the value serving personnel, both regular and reservists, veterans and military families contribute to our industry and the country. From achieving the Bronze award in 2020, to subsequently achieving the Silver Award in 2021. An accolade which represents a deeper commitment to the recruitment of armed forces personnel and the promotion of armed forces policies throughout the company.

An ongoing commitment

We are committed to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and support the armed forces community. And will seek to uphold the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, by: 

  • Providing compelling advocacy in regional and industry forums, promoting the Armed Forces Covenant and the Employer Recognition Scheme 
  • Promoting the fact that we are an armed forces-friendly organisation in our communications, and in our dealings with stakeholders
  • Encouraging suppliers, contractors and peer businesses to sign and uphold the Armed Forces Covenant, and promote best practice as an advocate in the industry
  • Seeking to support the employment of veterans young and old and working with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP}, in order to establish a tailored employment pathway for service leavers 
  • Providing placement opportunities for the professional development of service personnel, as well as placements for those in transition
  • Striving to support the employment of service spouses and partners
  • Offering support to our local cadet units, either in our local community or in local schools, where possible
  • Providing support to armed forces charities in order to promote community, and social mobility for those affected by military service, including families

Join us

We are always looking for ways to strengthen our support for the armed forces community. If you are a veteran or a member of the armed forces community, we invite you to explore  employment opportunities at Thakeham.  

We would also encourage military charities to reach out to us and learn how we can support your cause. 

Join us in our mission to provide opportunities and support to those who serve or have served the country and their families. 

Serving those who serve: a Veteran's journey with Thakeham

This case study explores the journey of Ben Cook, a veteran who completed 22 years of service in the British Army, receiving Long Service and Good Conduct Awards. 

Having enlisted in the Royal Artillery in 1991, Ben completed basic training in 1992 and was then posted to the 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, participating in various operational exercises in Sierra Leone, Cyprus, Iraq and Afghanistan. After serving as part of a Brigade Commander’s close protection team, Ben became Battery Quarter Master Sergeant (BQMS) in Germany, managing facilities and equipment for 150+ personnel. He later worked in an Army Careers Information Office, presenting the army as a first-choice career at schools and career events before helping to set up a new BQMS department in a newly formed Royal Signal/Artillery unit. 

This interview highlights Ben’s time in the forces, the challenges he faced, achievements and memories, transitioning to civilian life, his role at Thakeham and what it means to be part of a company that supports the Armed Forces Covenant. 

How to become a member of the Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant offers employers and business the opportunity to demonstrate their support for the armed forces community by signing up to the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. Further information can be found on the official Armed Forces Covenant website. 


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