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Army veteran who triumphed at Invictus Games

Rob Cromey-Hawke talks about his military service, life-changing injuries, transition to Deloitte and being a gold-medal winner at the Invictus Games

I’m an injured ex-serviceman and joined Deloitte following my work for Fieri, an ex-military leadership development start-up supported by this year's Super Pioneers programme.

I help manage the Deloitte Military Transition and Talent Programme (DMTTP), a role that gives me the opportunity to gain invaluable experience and work in a very supportive environment. My job involves project management and communications, as well as sharing best practice with other companies and Deloitte member firms about the value veterans can bring to organisations. I also support our military insight days, which have seen over 350 transitioning veterans attend in the past 12 months.

I joined the Army in 2003 and served in the Parachute Regiment and Royal Engineers for nine years before being involved in a blast on my second tour of Afghanistan in December 2012. I suffered a traumatic brain injury, hearing loss and an incomplete spinal cord injury, and spent two years in military rehabilitation at Headley Court. My service in the Armed Forces and the values and leadership principles I learned have helped me through these life-changing injuries.

Deloitte’s commitment to agile working and support of the Military Covenant means I’m able to work part time, and often remotely, which allows me to work around my ongoing medical appointments and rehabilitation. It also allows me to continue with my passion - sport, which has been an invaluable tool throughout my rehabilitation and recovery. I was a double-gold-medal winner at the 2014 Invictus Games and am hugely proud to have won two gold medals in recumbent cycling and a silver medal in the sitting volleyball this year. This year's Games saw 500 athletes from 14 nations compete in 10 adaptive sports over a period of 4 days.

Transition into a second career is an extremely challenging time, even without multiple injuries. The DMTTP helps ex-servicemen and women to experience a commercial career in a flexible and supportive way. I couldn't have achieved as much as I have in the past few months if it wasn't for the support I have received from Deloitte and my family.

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