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Meet the Croydon Team
Matt joined the Army at the age of 17 and was a member of the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh (RWF) for 9 years and reached the rank of Corporal. He served in many countries on tours Afghanistan, Falklands, Cyprus, Kenya, and India. His role in the Army was a section Commander, leading his men into battle, and he further completed many gruelling courses whilst in the Army SCBC, Reece Commanders course and Cambrian Patrol. IMatt considers himself lucky enough to also be a Military Co-Ordinator at MPCT Wrexham before he left the Army in 2014.
Matt joined MPCT in 2015 as the Centre Manager in Newport for 4 years where Ihe felt privileged to support many young learners to achieve their ambitions of joining the forces and many others to gain further education or employment.
He was promoted to the Regional Operations Manager South of England Region in 2019 and looks forward to continuing with his long-term career at MPCT.
Matt is currently developing his CPD and enrolled in a Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance.
A very keen sportsman, Matt’s favourite sport is football and supports Manchester United. He also loves the great outdoors where he spends most of my time. Matt considers himself a keen family man to his wife, Vicky, and his two children, Honey and Teddy.
Regional Operations Manager
Fun, responsible, passionate, and dedicated are amongst a few qualities I put into my attitude when it comes to my role as an Instructor at MPCT.
I am from a combat background in the armed forces, I've served. 7 years as a combat soldier and as a Physical Training Instructor (PTI). I joined the Army at the age of 17 in 2008. I started my career as an Infantry man embarking on a journey as part of the Royal Regiment Of Scotland, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 5 Scots.
I've always been an individual of sporty interests such as athletics, cricket, football, and boxing, all of which I took part in during my military career. was promoted to Lance Corporal after becoming a PTI.
I've been on Operational tours to Afghanistan and other overseas locations, I've been on adventure training in France, Belgium, and Costa Rica which I enjoyed very much.
I consider myself a laid-back down to earth type of person and hardworking, determined, and punctual especially in my role as a Training Instructor. I know that the learners look after, look up to me for leadership, guidance, and advice towards their next major step into their careers.
Lead Training Instructor
Courtney joined the army in May 1995 at 18 years old and completed 24 years service in the Royal logistic Corps where he finished as a Corporal. During that time, he completed a various number of courses which included, Physical training instructor, senior drill instructor, and Battlefield casualty instructor. In 2001, Courtney had also completed the notorious P-Company and became a military parachutists.
Courtney completed 5 tours in his career, which were 2 of Northern Ireland, Macedonia, and 2 of Afghanistan. Also being a driver by trade dictated his role on tour whether part of the main battle group re-supply or force protection to the logistical convoys. He also had the opportunity of taking part in many high profile events like, the London & Para Olympics , and the Arnhem celebration.
Prior to leaving the forces, health and fitness was a key interest to Courtney, so he added level 3 in personal training and exercise referral to his bow.
Courtney is originally from the West Midlands and he went to Wulfrun college where he was doing I.T and a sports leadership diploma.
As for teaching experiences, a lot was done in the military when Courtney was teaching on the Husky all-terrain vehicle prior to deploying to Afghanistan. Courtney is a keen sportsman, he like's football, badminton, american football, parachuting, and adventure training.
I previously served in the Royal Marines from 2014 – 2020. 2 years at 40 Commando as a General Duties marine. 4 years at 30 Commando IX in Communications Squadron where I specialized as a Signaler.
I was deployed all around the globe this included; being a member of the Ship Force Protection Team around the Iranian Gulf, multiple cold weather warfare training deployments to Norway, jungle training in Belize and much more.
In 2018 I represented 30 Commando at the corps boxing championships at light heavyweight.
With physical fitness being such a massive part of being a Marine, when I left I knew I wanted to be able to pass on my knowledge and experience so I completed my Level 3 Personal Trainer course.
MPCT is the perfect place for me to pass on all my relevant knowledge and experience.
I joined MPCT in April 2021 and currently serving as the functional skills instructor at the Croydon Campus.
I am originally from the state of Connecticut and have been in the UK for over 5 years. My background includes 4 years of active military service in the U.S. Navy where I achieved the rank of Petty Officer 3rd class. Immediately after leaving the Navy, I attended university where I earned a BSc in Exercise Science as well as an M Ed in Educational Studies.
While not at work, I enjoy spending time with my daughters, cooking American barbeque, and gardening.
Emma started with MPCT in April 2016 and is currently a RSQM, having previously been the Skills Tutor for Croydon and Battersea.
They thoroughly enjoy working with teenagers and helping them to build self-confidence and various others traits which prepare them for the working world. Spending 1-2-1 time with each learner and developing their Math's and English skills brings her great satisfaction. Helping someone to understand something they previously struggled with is something Emma takes great pride in.
As a RSQM, she enjoys supporting Skills Instructors to offer the best educational experience possible to our learners.
In her personal time, Emma enjoys cooking, reading and walking. She has also worked with the Army Cadet Force as a CFAV since 2008, having previously been a cadet herself. During their time with the ACF, she has completed numerous course including SAA instructor, Obstacle Course Supervisor and various Range Qualifications. Emma’s current role is as a Company Commander for South West London ACF.
Regional Skills Quality Manager