29 Jun 2023

Future leaders from our Newark office joined forces last week to compete in the EXERCISE MARTELLO STRETCH 23, held at Chetwynd Barracks.

Hosted by the Royal Engineers Works Groups (RE Wks Gps), the industry leadership and development competition saw teams take on a series of stimulating and challenging tasks set in a military environment. The event attracted teams from various companies proud to be engaged and have a covenant with the Armed Forces. It provided the opportunity to showcase the talents of our young professionals and push the boundaries.

RPS’ team, made up of Architectural and Engineering colleagues including Molly Jarvis, Daniel Der-Parseghian, Mike Cooper, Danae Angelopoulos and Callum Waring, demonstrated exceptional problem-solving and collaborative skills throughout the competition, whilst strengthening their understanding of RE Wks Gps' operations and approach to infrastructure capability. The activities offered networking and team building opportunities, with the chance to interact with the Armed Forces, which included:

  • Command tasks
  • Military exercises
  • Indoor shooting on a laser range
  • Natural disaster planning exercise
  • A formal dinner and social lunches

Mark Harris – Technical Director comments: “I was proud to see how well the team worked together and supported each other in this unique and challenging exercise."

Daniel Der-Parseghian – Architectural Assistant comments: “It was a physically and mentally demanding weekend, combined with lots of laughter and good company, I enjoyed every minute of it. The event reinforced the value of teamwork, finding each other’s strengths, and trusting in the leadership and followership of fellow members.”

Molly Jarvis – Graduate Engineer comments: “This event enabled us to learn about our own capabilities and work together to overcome various challenges, whilst showing that stepping outside of your comfort zone can reap many benefits. I’d highly recommend participating, as we built strong relationships and learnt about the incredible work of Regulars and Reservists, including their traditions and routines.”

The event will undoubtedly inspire the team, as our future leaders, to continue pushing themselves to deliver innovative and impactful solutions for problems that matter.

About the Royal Engineers Works Groups

RE Wks Gps is a hybrid regular and reserve organisation with a combined strength of over 1000 personnel, providing a specialist infrastructure capability to Defence and Other Government Departments (OGD).

We’re thrilled to have a partnership with the RE Wks Gps and as partners, we assist serving military personnel in developing their professional skills in a civilian setting, providing skilled employment opportunities on completion of service.

In return, RE Wks Gps provides Leadership and Management training to RPS employees from a military standpoint.

RPS’ Newark office is privileged to hold the Silver Award for supporting Defence personnel from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme and continue to encourage the recruitment of reservists.

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RPS Newark's Armed Forces Corporate Covenant

Commemorating Armed Forces Day

This year’s Martello Stretch competition coincided with the revered Armed Forces Day. This event emphasised the significance of recognising and supporting the service of the Army Forces community by honouring their resilience and commitment.


Mike Cooper, Mark Harris, Molly Jarvis, Callum Waring, Danae Angelopoulos and Daniel Der-Parseghian



Mark Harris

Associate Director - Engineering T: +44 (0)1636 605 700 Email

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