Colonel (Retired) Hugh Purcell, Chief Executive RFCA for Greater London

Hugh is CEO of the Greater London and the City Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Associations. Related roles include Deputy Lieutenant of London, Clerk to the All Party Parliamentary Group Reserves & Cadets, Chairman Youth Organizations Uniform, member NHS Armed Forces Network London, University of London Military Education Committee, Team London, national advisory board Remember WW1, Youth Research Forum and ambassador for ‘Soldier on’ and charitable trusteeships.

“Due to my wide interconnected interest across the youth agenda, I continue to support success in this area, be it the military cadets, MPCT or other organisations such as youth clubs that help equip our young people with life skill. MPCT is a proven success story with great potential. There is nothing more important than preparing our young people for the world of work. From a single service perspective 20% of your product is a huge benefit and if your organisation can grow that 20% will grow. Julian Brazier and myself are due to meet as he has accepted Madeleine Moon’s invitation to co-chair the APPG Reserves & Cadets and I am keen to discuss with him how MPCT fits into that

model. If we had an MPCT contingent in each Super ARC, such as Croydon, not only would there be the opportunity for military MPCT relationships to be built, but our buildings would be occupied by day bringing in some greatly needed revenue to keep paint on the walls”.

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