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Meet the Newcastle Team
Ronnie joined MPCT in April 2018 as Regional Operations Manager for the newly established North East region. Since the North East regional launched in July 2018 the region has expanded its geographical footprint encompassing MPC Manchester and MPCT Nottingham and is now known at MPCT North.
Prior to joining MPCT Ronnie worked as a team leader on the Army Instructor Training Accreditation Contract with the Colleges Partnership responsible for the management of a team of teaching development coordinators in the North of England and Brecon who were responsible for delivering of a range of qualifications to Military instructors including teaching qualifications L3 to Level 5, Coaching and Mentoring qualifications Level 3 to Level 5, and Assessment and Quality Assurance Level 3 and 4. Prior to that Ronnie worked as an Apprenticeship Coordinator with the Colleges Partnership at the Infantry Training Centre for 5 years delivering an Apprenticeship programme to Infantry recruits which consisted of a Level 2 Diploma in Uniformed Public Services, ERR, PLTS and Functional Skills Maths and English.
Ronnie has 24 years of Military experience having served as an Infantry soldier from the rank of Guardsman to Warrant Officer Class 1. He has an exemplary military record having been awarded the meritorious service medal (MSM) in 2011. Ronnie has worked as a military instructor at a number of training establishments since 1994 including, ITC Catterick, ATR Glencorse, ATR Bassingbourn and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as a Colour Sergeant Instructor. Ronnie finished the final 6 years of his Military career at the Infantry Training Centre as the Company Sergeant Major Guards Training Company from 2006-2008, Master Coach of the 2nd Infantry Training Battalion from 2008-2009 and Regimental Sergeant Major of the All Arms Drill Wing from 2009-2011. During his service Ronnie completed 4 operational tours of Northern Ireland including a 2 year tour as the Platoon Sergeant of the Close Observation Platoon. He also served in Operation Granby in 1991 and Operation Telic as Company Sergeant Major from 2004-2005.
Ronnie is and sports enthusiast and has competed in recent years for Great Britain in his age group Duathlon. In 2017 he won the Bronze Medal at the National Championships at Oulton Park in the Sprint Duathlon. In 2015 he represented Great Britain at the World Championships in Spain. In 2019 Ronnie completed Ironman Wales on his 50th birthday celebration and this is his greatest sporting achievement to date.
Regional Operations Manager
During 24 years service in the Royal Marines Barry deployed to Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan for multiple tours as well as training in arctic, jungle, desert and mountain environments. Barry specialised as a Platoon Weapons Instructor, teaching weapons, map reading and fieldcraft as well as advanced skills in sniping, CQB and jungle tracking/jungle warfare.
Since leaving the service Barry has worked in the security industry including 3 years teaching in Saudi Arabia.
Lead Training Instructor
I joined the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineer in 2012 and served 7 years. Although I started out as a Marine Engineer during my time I undertook other roles such as, a Careers Advisor at the AFCO and a Physical Training Instructor. My time in the Navy taught me discipline, gave me structure and allowed me to travel the world.
Outside of my career in the forces I found a passion for CrossFit. I compete in competitions internationally and often take part in events and run fitness workshops up and down the country.
My knowledge and experience from both has lead me to my current role as a Military Training Instructor for MPCT Newcastle, here I hope to motivate the students and provide them with the skills and confidence to be able to carry forward in their careers in the Military.
I was a Data Analyst in the RAF during the first Gulf conflict and worked at RAF Odiham during Operation Granby.
Since leaving the RAF I worked in several roles, ranging from Sales Manager to Call Centre to Club Promoter, and decided in my early 40s to re-train as a teacher. Having then worked in various schools, colleges and vocational organisations I joined MPCT at the start of 2020.
I'm a Newcastle United fan for my sins and also like boxing and music. I still DJ once or twice a month as well. I have one son and live with my partner.