TNE, which now has some 300 plus members is a network born of ex-military Officers who have started their second careers in a variety of different industries, be it blue chip, businesses of their own, investment, renewable energy, consultancy, training and development, recruitment and more. The aim of TNE is to expand beyond the ex-military Officer population and include likeminded colleagues and friends who have a wealth of business experience to add.
As with every network the value added and the value gained is determined by the willingness of every individual member to bring something to the party and thus create benefit for both TNE collectively and the individual. Julian McElhinney and Nicholas Burnet co-founded TNE in 2009, partly as a result of their own experiences in leaving Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and making the transition into commercial life but also in recognition of the value, benefit and importance networking holds in both one’s professional and business lives.
Networking is a skill which can always be improved upon and refined according to the group and audience, whether it be for a Service Leaver, a recent graduate and just as importantly, if not more so, as a new comer to an environment. Networking is an efficient and easy manner in which to expand one’s own contacts, knowledge and appreciation of other industries and opportunities.
Our aim is to assist any Service Leaver* by bridging the gap between resettlement (transition from military career to civilian) and employment . To assist any member of TNE who is looking for advice or guidance about their career opportunities. Establish a functional network for the benefit of all members in and beyond Edinburgh both from the professional and commercial point of view.
*The Service Leaver we define as any Officer or Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) from HM Forces, who is considering leaving, is leaving or has already left and is looking for that elusive network which is both formal and informal for advice, guidance and contacts to help them make that big or next step in civilian life.
Since November 2010 we have joined forces with The Liquid List and we now hold our meetings every month, centrally in Edinburgh after work hours and based out of The Royal Scots Club on Abercromby Place in the New Town. Meetings tend to be on the last Thursday of the month and last two hours from circa 1830-2030. We are closely linked to The Officers Association and continue to work with OA Scotland almost on a weekly basis. Our membership is increasing and as TNE becomes more known we are finding both more ex-military and non-military joining us and adding value to what we do. TNE is represented on www.Linkedin.com which is a useful professional networking site and can be used to contact any TNE member.
If you know of any like minded souls who would be interested or benefit from joining The Network Edinburgh (TNE), please do invite them to join us. If you are interested or simply curious feel free to call or email Jules McElhinney whose contact details are: Julian McElhinney – 07712000442 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy House – 07540304768 / Andrew.email@example.com
Mary-Clare Macfarlane of the Officers Association Scotland is also happy to answer any questions you may have firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0131 550 1575