OA Scotland – The Network Glasgow (TNG) – Thursday, 13th February 2020


The next TNG will be 6.30 pm on Thursday 13th February 2020 at the Grand Central Hotel (Champagne Corner) Glasgow (Central Station).

Meetings normally take place on the second Thursday in the month in the Grand Central Hotel (Champagne Corner) Glasgow (Central Station) (unless stated), from around 1830 – 2030.  Dates for 2020/21 are:

Thursday:-   9 January, 13 February, 12 March (Employers Event – Mott-MacDonald Offices), 9 April, 14 May, 11 June, 9 July, 13 August, 10 September, 8 October, 12 November (Employers Event (TBC) – Glasgow Nautical College) and 10 December (Curry Night)

TNG, 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, engineering, businesses of their own, investment, renewable energy, consultancy, project/programme management, training and development, recruitment, photography, web based business and more.

The aim of TNG 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 TNG collectively and the individual.

Alex Cross (ex OAS client and RN Officer) Babcock runs TNG and supporting him is Tom Denovan OA Scotland. We have a group of regular attendees who have serviced and who are doing exceedingly well out of the Service. As a result of their own experiences 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.

There are three key focuses to TNG:

To assist any Service Leaver* by bridging the gap between resettlement (transition from military career to civilian) – Career Transition Partnership (CTP). To assist any member of TNG 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, Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) and other ranks 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.

Our membership is increasing and as TNG becomes more known we are finding both more ex-military and non-military joining us and adding value to what we do. TNG is represented on www.Linkedin.com which is a useful professional networking site and can be used to contact any TNG member. If you know of any like-minded people who would be interested or benefit from joining The Network Glasgow (TNG), please do invite them to join us. If you are interested or simply curious feel free to call or email Alex Cross a.l.cross@btinternet.com or phone 07702 182961 or


Amanda Crawford, Employment Consultant, the Officers Association Scotland is also happy to answer any questions you may have  a.crawford@oascotland.org.uk Tel: 0131 550 1581

Thank you

The Network Glasgow and OA Scotland would like to thank the Employers and clients that attended our Employers Event held at the FDM offices in Glasgow on Thursday evening on the 10th October.  L-R

Alex Cross (Chair TNG/Babcock), Martin Swinburn (BMT), Amanda McKay (Balfour Beatty), Norman Yarwood (FDM), Chris Benn (St James Place), Shamus Maclean (MacPhie), David McFall (Mott-Macdonald) – and of course our CEO Heather McVeigh – I was taking the camera man!

Posted on 14th January 2020

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