Spotlight on Spouses
We often forget that there are a lot of men married to serving partners, so here we talk to Edd Straker who tells us how he makes his job work whilst following the flag.
Edd and Katie Straker have been married since 2013.
When Edd married Katie, he married into the military, Katie is with 104 Brigade at South Cerney.
Over the past few years they have travelled across oceans, become parents and started a business, we spoke to Edd to get the male perspective on being a military spouse.
“Following my degree at The University of the West of England, Bristol, I started my professional career with Lambert Smith Hampton, on their graduate scheme in 2004, based out of the Northampton office. In 2007 I transferred to the Bristol office, and stayed there until I left in August 2013, as an Associate Director.”
Edd left Lambert Smith Hampton when Katie was posted to Ottawa, Canada for two years, to work as a British Exchange Officer, working for the Canadian Army at the Canadian Joint Operations Command headquarters.
He wasn’t able to work in Canada, as although he had a work visa, his job spec (as many spouses well know) was not the same over there, and his French was not really good enough, being a bi-lingual country.
They returned to the UK and moved to South Cerney, where Katie was posted.
Deciding to set up his own building surveying company (E&K Building Consultancy Limited) it was a slow start, especially getting his head around the HMRC “stuff!”
“I started some contracting work with a national property company,” Edd continues,” based out of their Reading office. This lasted until October 2016.”
The company then offered Edd the opportunity to become a fully employed member of staff, which made sense to him.
The best part about his new job?
“I am still able to work from home, and can be (to a degree !!) flexible with hours etc., so we can do nursery/childcare pick up etc., which we are able to juggle between the two of us.”
And when they move to their next posting in June, he’ll be able to help with the packing!