MPC Portsmouth
Portsmouth TA Centre
Peronne Road
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Meet the staff

This isn't a boot camp, the Military college staff are here to help and support you through your course - take a look at who you will meet while you're on our course.
Area Manager

Mike Emery


Lead Instructor

Gary Thistlewaite

Date Started at MPCT


Military Experience

Served for 24 years in the Royal Navy, the last eight of which was spent in a tri-service intelligence collection unit. My various roles have taken me to Iraq, Afghanistan, Antarctica, Falkland Islands, South Africa and South America among other countries.

"I enjoy working with the other members of the team and take great pride in seeing the transformation in the students as they develop during their learning journey with us."

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Lead Instructor

Peter May

Date Started at MPCT

January 2012

Military Experience

I started my career in 2005 and served for 5 years within the Royal Pioneer Corps as an assault engineer. I conducted major training exercises in the UK, Europe & Belize, doing jungle warfare tactic, then deployed to Afghanistan on op Herrick in 2007. Whilst on tour I was injured by an IED and sent home for rehabilitation. After one year I was back on my feet and tasked on many more job such as public duties, welfare support team and promotion to LCpl. I left full time services in 2011. I currently still serve in the reverse forces.

"As a Lead Instructor I am extremely proud to pass my experiences of military life, skills, core values & military ethos into all the young learners and watching them grow stronger each day into young adults moving into their future careers path."

Skills Champion

Julie Lambert

Date Started at MPCT



Joined the MPCT as an Administrator then Functional Skills Tutor. I was IV for England, Recruiter and now I work across 3 colleges, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton assessing maths and English.

"I feel proud to be working with MPCT because they provide a wonderful platform for young people to progress from. I work with some amazing people who have achieved some amazing things in their life and who are keen to pass on their valuable knowledge and experience to our students. I enjoy working with like minded people that are passionate in supporting and guiding young people onto the right path."