Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award for Auctus Management Group

Richard Toy, CEO and John McDonough, Fleet & TWS Co-ordinator for RSS Infrastructure, attended the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme Awards on Tuesday 12th November 2019 at the National Army Museum, London.

Auctus Management Group and its subsidiary businesses, RSS Infrastructure and INFRA Skills, were honoured to be officially awarded the Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award alongside other UK employers. All attendees were recognised by General Chief of Staff General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter, GCB, CBE, DSO, ADC Gen for their outstanding support for the Armed Forces community.

The company completed a stringent submission process that supplied evidence of how they support and work alongside the Armed Forces, Auctus Management Group and its subsidiary businesses employ numerous Reservists, Cadet Force Volunteers and Veterans that play an integral role in their respected companies. As avid supporters of The Royal British Legion charity, a small team of 5 employees, featuring 2 veterans, participated in this year’s ‘Pedal To Paris’ event, a 460km cycling challenge from London to Paris that spanned over 4 days in September, since 2018 the company has raised around £20,000 for The Royal British Legion through numerous charity events.

To ensure that Reservists are fully integrated into the organisational culture and acknowledged for their military work, the company supports Reserves and Remembrance Day and allows staff to wear their military uniform to work, as well as hosting activity days in partnership with Aston University Engineering Academy (AUEA) cadets. Employees and cadets to take part in a series of challenges designed to test both their strength and mental agility. As part of Remembrance Day, company representatives support the AUEA cadets in their service.

Commenting on the night, Richard Toy, CEO said:

“I speak for the entire company when I say we are honoured to receive the Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award. Through our continued work and commitment to helping members of the Armed Forces join the ever-expanding rail industry, we will continue to support ex-forces personnel that want a career within one of our organisations.”


John McDonough, Fleet & TWS Co-ordinator and a British Army veteran also added:

“Since joining RSS Infrastructure earlier on in the year, I have been offered numerous support avenues and opportunities due to my military background. Alongside Richard, I was one of the 5 cyclists in Auctus Management Group’s ‘Pedal To Paris’ team that rode from London to France over a 4 day period, so being a part of such a prestigious event, whilst raising money for The Royal British Legion, was a very proud moment in my civilian career.” 

The Employer Recognition Scheme published a promotional video of the night, which can be seen below.

The MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards represent the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans, and their families. The scheme continues to grow year on year with awardees doubling in the last 12 months taking the total to 228.


For a full list of Employer Recognition Scheme Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners: