WOW Blogs: Issue 5 – Heledd Kendrick

Heledd KendrickHeledd Kendrick
Recruit for Spouses

When I married my husband, who’s in the army, I’d had a career and experienced life outside the military community. All of a sudden, I was meeting wives and partners with all this talent and yet they had given up so much to follow their serving partner around the world.

Before setting up Recruit for Spouses, I was a journalist and editor in the racing industry. I worked with horses throughout my career, which took me to the Channel Islands, Canada, the US and New Zealand.

I experienced working with Olympic equestrians at the top of their game. I learnt about team effort and having a shared vision, about work ethic and how to get results. It taught me that you can do anything if you want to do it. Do your best and be your best and the sky’s the limit, even if you’re starting from nothing.

The best thing about working at Recruit for Spouses is my team. I couldn’t do this job without them. I’m so lucky to have a strong, capable, talented team who know what it’s like to live the military life. They understand the challenges and are well positioned to help and support other spouses into employment.

What do you love most about the work you do?
I love the fact that it’s changing people’s lives – as the wife of a serving member of the Armed Forces I experienced first hand how it feels to lose your identity – we know that the work RFS is doing through my social enterprise that we are changing the way military wives and partners live and work and for me that’s my driving force every working day.

Who inspires you?
There are a lot of people who inspire me, many of whom I can’t mention due to security, the people who cannot be named because of the work they do keeping our Nation safe, the people in the shadows. But Holly Tucker MBE who started is an inspiration to me not only did she build a successful business but the work she does to support other small businesses is crucial service that we all need to grow our economy.

What would be your 3 top tips to someone looking to do what you do?
1) Do your research.

2) Believe in yourself because in the beginning, many won’t.

3) Keep going and don’t borrow money. Just start small and build your business from there.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
Actually getting spousal employment on the MOD’s agenda, when we started, we were told that spouses didn’t want to work and that it was a problem we couldn’t solve, we still have a long way to go, but we have pioneered spousal employment in the UK, and even better we’ve done it as a Social enterprise.

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