Armed Forces Covenant development is in Jo’s hands

Ruth Douglas, Staff Officer for 39 Regiment; Jo Lenihan, Project Officer AFC; and Sarah Riley-Evans, Community Development Officer RAF Lossiemouth

A WARM WELCOME was made this week for the arrival of a new Armed Forces Covenant Development Officer serving the Moray and Highland military communities.

Jo Lenihan is to work with personnel at RAF Lossiemouth, Kinloss Barracks and Fort George – while also liaising with local businesses and public and third-sector organisations. Her task will be to ensure military families and veterans will have full access to services and support.

Moray and Highland Councils joined forces to secure the post, funded by the MoD’s Covenant Fund. Its task is to fulfil the government’s promise to those serving, past and present – that they and their families are guaranteed to be treated fairly.

Jo previously served in the RAF for eight years as a supplier, while her husband has recently completed 29 years’ service. Both had previously served at RAF Lossiemouth and have returned north with their two daughters after 13 years away from the region.

Citing her new post as a ‘fantastic opportunity’, a delighted Jo said that it combined to important parts of her life, the military and the north of Scotland. She said: “I’m thrilled to be back and to have the chance to get to know local personnel and their families.

“Our Armed Forces, particularly here in Moray and Highland, play such a major role in the local community. I’m looking forward to progress the already good work that has been achieved in offering our service families such a good experience of life here.”

Councillor Walter Wilson is Moray Council’s Armed Forces Champion, and one of the first to welcome Jo to her new post.

He said: “Both Moray and Highland Council have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and strive to provide the best experience to our military communities.

“We’re grateful for the power of work the community development officers do for our forces families and I know that having Jo on board will only add to this and ensure greater awareness of the Covenant.”