ITEC's Sean Townsend Wins Prestigious Shackleton Award

Henry Bevan, May 31, 2019

 ITEC’s Post-Sales Solution Analyst, Sean Townsend, has been awarded the prestigious Shackleton Award for Outstanding Leadership.

At their annual Employer Engagement Evening, HMS Flying Fox, a Royal Navy Reserve unit based near ITEC’s Bristol headquarters, rewarded Sean for his years of dedicated service and leadership skills. The Shackleton Award recognises his excellent efforts in serving the Royal Navy and is named after the legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton.

Sean Townsend receives prestigious Shackleton award

Every year, HMS Flying Fox celebrates the role employers play in supporting the Royal Navy Reserves, and ITEC was more than happy to attend the evening.

“Everyone at ITEC is proud of Sean,” said Nick Orme, ITEC CEO. “As a Royal Navy Reserve, he trains Navy recruits. We can’t wait to keep supporting him as he progresses.”  

As a skill-at-arms instructor, Sean trains recruits and is currently learning how to progress his teaching. At the evening, he explained to guests the type of training he puts recruits through and lets them handle a variety of (unloaded) weapons.

Part of sea branch, Sean focuses on weapons and sea branch training, and wore his Navy colours at the Employer Engagement Evening.

Big names from around the UK have attended with previous guests including the Duke of Kent, the Bristol Lord Mayor and Her Majesty’s representative Peaches Golding, the Lord Lieutenant of Bristol.

Deploying to the gulf for six months to counter piracy was an amazing experience."

Sean Townsend, Post-sales solution analyst, itec

Since 2007, Sean has split his time between being a Navy Reserve and working at ITEC. At times this has been a struggle as both roles are very demanding. In 2010, he completed six months at sea protecting shipping along the Suez Canal from pirates. This included patrolling the deck, checking IDs and embarking on rescue missions.

Maritime reserves go through the same basic training as the Royal Navy including a 26 mile hike over Dartmoor and damage repair. During his service, Sean had also received a Volunteer Reserves Service Medal and helped organised getting recruits around the country.

Everyone at ITEC is proud of Sean and looks forward to supporting him in the future.  

If you would like to know more about the work ITEC does with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines charity, click here

Top photo credit: HMS Flying Fox


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