A former Royal Marine, Lee Hallam is now working to deliver ‘mission-critical’ solutions in telecoms, power and signalling within the rail and utilities industries as CEO of Linbrooke Services.
Motivated by his own disadvantaged childhood, Lee leads Linbrooke in a way that “magnifies and revolutionises corporate social responsibility, bridges the industrial skills gap, boosts community morale and eradicates unemployment”.
Two of Linbrooke’s most prominent community programmes are the ‘Phoenix Project’ and military resettlement. The latter, conducted in tandem with the Ministry of Defence, offers training, employment and resettlement to former military personnel, “ensuring that each individual is established on the course to properly develop their specific skills and find employment”, explains Lee. The Phoenix Project is dedicated to boosting the future prospects of young people in Sheffield by offering academically disengaged students the opportunity of industrial placements and apprenticeships.
The programmes have proven remarkably successful, with “100 per cent of all our military graduates getting back into a more comfortable civilian life with government recognised qualifications and the heightened ability to provide for themselves and their families”, he says.
That’s what a vibrant economy is all about for Lee, boosting people’s skills and self-esteem. “I strongly believe that enabling individuals to be aware of their distinct worth drives a mutually beneficial domino effect within communities, ultimately creating a healthy foundation that can span generations”, he says.
“Transcending more than just ethical obligation, businesses need to lead by example, proactively exceeding the bare minimum.”