KPMG’s Canary Wharf headquarters played host to seven teams from the City yesterday, as they pitted their skills against each other in the ultimate competition to find London’s most able team of analysts.
Set by the British Army’s Intelligence Corps, the Challenge takes the teams through a military scenario, evaluating how an operation has been compromised, reviewing operational intelligence and planning how to disrupt a malign group.
Mentored by soldiers of 3 Military Intelligence Battalion (3 MI Bn), an Army Reserve unit based in the City, participants had four hours to complete their analysis and produce a plan of action which they presented to a task force command board of 3MI Bn officers.
After a closely fought contest the team from KPMG came out on top, narrowly beating Alexander Mann Solutions into second place to claim The Intelligence Challenge Trophy engraved with the Intelligence Corps motto Manui Dat Cognitio Vires – knowledge gives strength to the arm.
The Intelligence Challenge introduces City workers and their organisations to the complex work of military intelligence and highlights the essential contribution Reservists, many of them with civilian jobs in the City, make to enhancing security in the UK.
The Commanding Officer of 3 MI Bn, Lt Colonel Nik Fairweather said “As well as holding down civilian jobs, Reservists from my battalion have supported UK operations in every conflict over the last 50 years. Today gave some of the brightest analysts from the City a taste of what’s involved in military intelligence and the range of skills our Reserves develop through their training that can also benefit their civilian employers.”
The event was also attended by senior managers from HSBC, Citi, Capco, Herbert Smith Freehills, FDM, Alexander Mann Solutions and KPMG and hosted by Major General Ranald Munro, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets), himself a Reservist.
Commenting on the initiative, Sid Welham a member of KPMG’s ‘Forces in the Firm‘, an employee network made up of ex-military and reservists, said: “This was a great opportunity for City workers with fantastic analytical minds to discover how they can use their skills to help enhance security in the UK. 3 MI Bn play an amazing and important role actively supporting the UK’s intelligence effort. It would be amazing if any of the people who took part today were encouraged to take the next step and become a reservist.”
After being presented with The Intelligence Challenge winner’s trophy, Bob Chew from KPMG said : “It was a very exciting experience for me. I've learnt how much military intelligence work has in common with my day job. It was a great pleasure to meet other people in KPMG with different backgrounds, and yet we could work very well together immediately. Felt absolutely amazing that the KPMG team won – it was all down to teamwork!”
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