Civil Engineering

Armed Forces Day – Veterans Spotlight


Armed Forces Day is on 25th June 2022, and is a day to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. Carnell has many veterans working both on-site and in the offices.


Rodney Robb:

After 3 years in the construction industry, Rod joined the 1st Battalion Royal Hampshire Regiment in 1986 and served in the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, New Zealand, Germany, and Iraq. For the majority of his career he served in specialist roles, namely: anti-tank warfare and reconnaissance.

In 1992, his unit amalgamated and formed the 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment. On his final operational tour in Iraq (Op Telic 8), he was appointed as the Operations Warrant Officer and after 22 years’ service he left the Army in 2008 at the rank of WO2 (Warrant Officer 2nd Class).

While still serving and on ‘gardeners leave’ for resettlement, Rod joined Carnell as a supervisor. This allowed him to transition from a successful military career back to a civilian organisation in construction. On joining Carnell he progressed quickly to Contracts Manager within his first year. After 14 years with Carnell he is now the Operations Director for the Water and Drainage Divisions.


Alan Horne:

Alan spent 24 years in the Army from 1984 to 2008 spending 14 years with the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment (The Poachers) and the remainder of his military career with 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (Tigers). Like Rod, he also served all over the world including in a number of conflicts ranging from N. Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, the Gulf War and Iraq.

Another 4 years of Alan’s life outside the Army but still in the military sector, was spent working on anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean and Middle eastern areas.

In 2013 Alan’s partner gave birth to his first son so he started to look closer to home for a job, this is where Rod offered him a supervisor role in Water management and he eventually joined Carnell in January 2015. During his time in Carnell he has worked on various high profile jobs in both Water Management and the Technology and Infrastructure Divisions. (T & I).

Alastair Cumming:

“I Served the 1st Battalion Scots Guards for 13 1/2 years from 1987-2001. First posting after training at The Guards Depot in Pirbright was Chelsea Barracks, then – Belize (1988), Germany (1989-1992), Gulf War (1991), 5 tours of Northern Ireland (92, 94,96,98-00, 00), 3 tours of Canada (91,93,95), Cyprus(93), Windsor(93-98), Wellington Barracks London (00-01)

I took part in more Trooping of the Colour than I can remember but the photo is a publicity photo from 1995 when we were Escort to the Colour, I think we were Escort for my first troop as well in 1988!

I also stood Guard at all the Royal Palaces, Windsor Castle, The Tower of London, St James’s Palace and Buckingham Palace, where I caught an intruder in the back garden after Trooping the Colour in 1995. I spent most of my career either in the Intelligence Cell, the Training Wing or the Reconnaissance Platoon. My favourite posting was Northern Ireland – I completed 5 tours altogether: three 6 month tours, 1 two year tour and an emergency tour of two months. Canada comes a close second, I did 2 tours on live firing exercises of about 2 months each and a six month winter posting.”