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Meet the Bridgend Team
Justin Edwards lives in a small town in West Wales with his wife and two children. Justin joined the Armed forces in 1993 where he served with the Royal Regiment of Wales for 9 exciting and varied years with Royal Regiment of Wales, which included a number of postings including; Northern Ireland on Operation BANNER, London on public duties and Germany in an armoured infantry role before being posted to the Infantry Training Centre Catterick as a Physical Training Instructor training adult recruits. During Justin’s Military career, he was fortunate to have gained a broad range of experience in roles such as foot soldiering, peacekeeping, covert surveillance, reconnaissance and armoured infantry. Justin is also a keen sportsman and was fortunate enough to not only represent Royal Regiment of Wales but represented the Army and Combined Services teams at under 21 level.
In 2003, Justin became a serving Police Officer within Dyfed Powys Police where he worked within a number of specialist departments such as Roads Policing and Armed Response, policing the whole of South Wales.
Justin then made a career change into the Private Security industry and worked for a number of years as a Close Protection Officer and Operations Manager on a number of private and government contracts in hostile environments.
In 2015, Justin joined MPCT as an instructor at Bridgend College. In 2016, Justin was promoted and given the opportunity of becoming the Centre Manager of Swansea MPCT. This position allowed him the opportunity to develop his leadership skills and a display a passion of ensuring each and every learner had a clear pathway from being part of the college. Justin tirelessly searched for outside partnerships with the same vison and ethos as MPCT that could provide direction and support. In 2018, Justin was once again promoted to Regional Operations Manager of Wales - this position enables him to search out new partnerships and agencies that may or may not be aware of the college and the Learners that we teach.
Justin is a keen cyclist and is currently training to take part in this year’s Ironman Wales which consists of a 2.4 mile swim (3.9km), 112 mile cycle (180km) and a 26.2 mile (42.2km) run.
Regional Operations Manager
I was born on 04/07/1988 and spent my child hood growing up in Abercynon South Wales. I decided that I wanted to Join the Royal Marines at the Age of 15 and enrolled in the Military Preparation College based in Cardiff.
I joined the Royal Marines at the Age of 16 and passed for duty as an original in 2005. During my 14 year career I deployed on three tours of Afghanistan and various exercises around the globe including mountain training in the Himalayas. I specialised as an Assault Engineer and spent most of my time as a Corporal and a Section Commander.
My most rewarding time in the Royal Marines was when I had the opportunity to mentor Recruits through the 32 weeks of Commando training and also being attached to the Special Forces Support Group. Shortly after this period I was medically discharged due to a back injury after spending nearly two years in Rehabilitation.
On leaving the Marines I travelled Europe in a camper van with my wife and two dogs, visited over 20 countries and met some amazing people. I enjoy travelling, fitness, hiking and climbing.
Steven joined the army in June 2002 after completing a 13 week Army Preparation course in Gorseinon College, Swansea.
After completing training at ITC Catterick he joined his battalion, The Royal Regiment of Wales based in Paderborn Germany.
Steven then deployed on his first operational tour, Op Telic 3 with B (Rorke's Drift) Coy and went on to complete a further 2 operational tours of Iraq and 1 of Afghanistan.
Steven left the army in 2012 and joined the army reserve shortly after, where he worked in the recruitment, retention, mentoring and training team.
I completed my PGCE in Further Education majoring in Physical education. I have worked with ACT Training as an Essential Skills Tutor, I have also worked with Educ8 Training as a Customer Account Manager. Overall I have 9 year’s experience in education, whether directly teaching or helping 16-19 year old's get back into education or employment.
I have gained Senior International Caps for Wales in Rugby which I am very proud of.
I am also Junior British Champion in Kyokoshinkai Karate. I love to go to the gym, go on long walks. I have two young children 6 and 3 who take up a lot of my time and I love taking them out and about exploring.