MPC Newport Raglan Barracks
104 Regiment Royal Artillery
T: 0330 111 3939
104 Regiment Royal Artillery
T: 0330 111 3939
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.
As part of the world’s elite forces Dan has operated in extreme environments, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2006/2007 where he was involved in conducting vital missions, in the effort to bring security to the region and help to stabilise the country’s future.
Upon leaving the Royal Marines to pursue other opportunities, Dan set up a successful Personal Training business delivering specific training sessions tailored to members’ individual abilities, inspiring them to achieve their goals.
Dan also loves to travel and has been fortunate enough to explore and experience many countries and cultures around the world, Japan and China standing out as his most favourable.
He has been employed by MPCT for over four years and is delighted to have recently joined the team in Newport at Raglan Barracks.
Claire joined MPCT at the very beginning of 2016 as the Skills Champion for MPCT Newport and Rhymney. Claire was previously employed as a Learning Support Assistant within a Foundation Phase, Year 2 supported class at Pillgwenlly Primary School in Newport. Having been there for 7 very happy and fulfilling years, she felt it was time for a change and a new challenge.
Claire hold's a Level 3 qualification in Support Teaching and Learning and other maths and English intervention qualifications. During her time at Pill, she also took wide-ranging CPD activities, including safeguarding and ‘Team Teach’ training.
Claire came to teaching and learning relatively late in life having worked as an Estate Agent for many years.
"Having spent the last 20 years in a military family, I am fully aware of the benefits that a military career can bring. Working at MPCT make me feels like being part of a military family once again. Everyone is very helpful and we all look out for one another. The MPCT family includes the staff and learners, everyone is working together towards the same goals."Claire West
Lee joined the Army in 2000 serving as an infantry soldier with the Royal Welch Fusiliers.
During this time Lee completed two tours of duty in Iraq on OP TELIC 2 and OP TELIC 4.
Since leaving the Army Lee has worked in the fitness industry as a fitness instructor, personal trainer and fitness manager.
He has also been fortunate enough to work as a Firefighter with the South Wales Fire and Rescue service.
Lee decided to start a career with MPCT as he is able to do the things that he is passionate about on a daily basis, such as teaching/coaching, fitness, military values and employability skills.
James was born and raised in Bridgend and joined the Royal Navy in 1996 after studying a Business & Finance Diploma at Bridgend college.
He walked through the gates of HMS RALEIGH as a communicator with a firm ambition of becoming either a Clearance Diver or a PTI, both side-way entry specialisations.
In 1997 James passed his Ships Diver course and PT aptitude so had both options wide open. After being a member of the RN Window Ladder display team at the Royal Tournament Earls Court it was clear that he wanted to be a PTI, after all he was sport mad. During a four year wait to be released from the warfare (communications) department James served on HMS IRON DUKE, HMS PEMBROKE and HMS WESTMINSTER and also a 6 month loan draft to HMS EXCELLENT, as part of the last ever Command Field Gun team and his second visit to the Royal Tournament and Earls Court.
In 2001 James finally arrived at HMS TEMERAIRE where he passed out as a PTI and went on to serve at HMS RALEIGH as an instructor and HMS OCEAN. After HMS OCEAN he decided to have a career break and leave the services. James went on to work at HMP Ashfield Prison, Dawn Princess Cruise ship, MPCT and St Davids Hotel all as a PTI.
James rejoined the Royal Navy as PTI in 2007 and never looked back. He went on to serve at HMS RALEIGH, HMS SUTHERLAND, CTCRM LYMPSTONE, HMS EXCELLENT, HMS DRAKE, Joint Service Sub Aqua Diving Centre (JSSADC) and RNAS YEOVILTON, it was here at Yeovilton that he decided he would advance his career and become an Adventure Training Instructor (ATI), subsequently he was drafted to JSATI LLANRWST North Wales and embarked on a career outdoors. After successfully passing the course James went on to instruct at the Naval Outdoor Centre Germany (NOCG), RNAS CULDROSE and the Outdoor Leadership Training Centre (OLTC) Talybont, Brecon.
James was medically discharged from the RN in 2019 after hitting his head on a rock during a Kayaking expedition in Slovenia.
Luke Harmer is an Apprenticeship Officer and assessor with MPCT working in the Sports Apprenticeships department. Luke is a qualified strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer, and vocational assessor. Luke has a Bsc in Sports Coaching from Leeds Metropolitan University where he specialized in strength and conditioning.
Luke has 7 years of experience in strength and conditioning and personal training, working with elite sports players over multiple sports to recreational exercisers. Luke has been teaching and Instructing in the education and further education setting since 2015.
Previously working in the Military Preparation College, Luke is qualified to do this by serving 5 years in the Army within 59 Commando Squadron of the Royal Engineers. Luke has also, served on Operation Herrick ,Afghanistan 2009, where he was assigned to a regional battle group role, providing EMOE support within a Commando battle group.