We’re thrilled to announce that our very own ‘Ady’ Tilley has been shortlisted for the Role Model of the Year award at the UK Ex-Forces in Business Awards. This is no small feat, as the 2020 finalists were whittled down from a record-breaking 500 nominations!

Thousands of servicemen and women leave the Armed Forces each year with skills and values that easily transfer into a wide spectrum of roles. Yet transitioning back to civilian life and establishing a meaningful second career can be challenging. Importantly, the Ex-Forces in Business Awards aims to recognise and showcase the incredible achievements of these veterans.

We sat down with Ady to talk about his career and the leadership experience he brings to his role as an FSR (Field Service Representative) at Ocean Software.


Q1. Ady, tell us a bit about your military background and what brought you to your role at Ocean: 

I was in the Royal Air Force and my trade was Flight Operations. This covered flight planning and squadron operations, fast jet and rotary wing. My attraction to Ocean was the ability to play a very influential and active role in the future of planning and ops across the military and other sectors. Also, the future plans that Ocean have are very exciting and I want to be part of that.

Q2. How does your background inform your work at Ocean and how you help our users?

Something I enjoyed in the military was the mass briefs with so many different audiences and this background helps me to communicate with a broad range of customers. In particular, training, rolling out new features and the ability to brief and conduct Q&As with large gatherings.

Q3. You’ve been shortlisted for the British Ex-Forces in business role model of the year award, can you tell us a bit about one of your role models and what they taught you? 

One of my role models is an ex-military leader called Anthony Middleton. This is because he has shown me (through his books and live talks) that no matter what we are doing we need to accept that sometime things will not work out and it’s ok. You go again, harder and stronger! Accepting the fear of the unknown actually helps drive that determination to win. Also, we all have the ability within to succeed no matter the odds, it’s something that we control. I try to approach all I do with the mentality of ‘I will succeed’.

Q4. What’s the core leadership behaviour you’d encourage?

Be grounded and adapt to change. (More so than ever now with the current climate we should all be adapting and remain supportive of our workforce)


Ady is based in Ocean’s UK office, for more information on Ocean Software in the region: emea.region@ocean.com.au or Call +44 (20) 37433286