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Meet the Wrexham 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
Ian has a long history of service, serving as a Junior Soldier at 15 and then in the Welsh Guards for 26 years.
Ian was born and bred in Wrexham, enjoys Rugby and is the coach of Wrexham Rugby Club.
"As a Lead instructor, I love to see the learner transformation from their first day at college to the day they leave and how much stronger they have become. I strive for the day they step away having achieved their objective. I also warm to the fact that they even return to the centre to give a little bit back during their on time on leave."
Diane joined APCymru in January 2008 as the Administrator for both North Wales colleges.
She has a vast experience of administration within the education sector and has recently qualified as an Essential Skills Tutor and is currently on the second year of a Cert Ed course.
The experiences and the knowledge she has gained over the years will now be put to good use. Her full time role as Essential Skills Tutor will help the students gain a higher level of Literacy and Numeracy qualifications which will assist them in achieving the best possible opportunities in life.
I enlisted in the British Army in 2007 with The Corps of Royal Engineers, enjoying a very challenging but equally rewarding 13 year career. Over that time I served in 4 different field units and 1 Army Training Centre as an instructor for adult entry soldiers. I have completed several tours around the world including places such as Gibraltar, Falkland Islands, Canada and operational tours in the middle east. I finished my last post in a busy field unit coaching and mentoring potential future leaders to meet the standards required to move forward in their career. I also worked as a physical training instructor making sure soldiers were at the correct standard to deploy. I left the British Army in March 2020
From March 2020 – April 2021 I worked as an operator and engineer, on oil refineries all over Europe in the commercial gas and oil industry. A very prosperous job however, there was not enough job satisfaction for me.
I joined MPCT as I felt my skill set and experience would benefit learners of all back grounds, and will be for myself a fulfilling and rewarding career.
In my spare time I enjoy mountain biking, motocross and training every day. Whether it be running, swimming or functional fitness.
Joined August 2021
I joined the army in December 2014 at 17 years of age after passing the CIC (Combatmans infantry course), serving 7 years in The Mercian Regiment. During that time, I completed my AAPTI course, I completed my NCO Course and RIGS course (gunnery instructor). The last two years I have spent as a PTI an section commander at a phase one establishment.
I served on two operational tours, one being op orbital (Ukraine) and the other being op cabrit (Estonia), as well as other overseas exercises in Canada, Falkland’s, Oman, Lithuania and small exercises in the UK.
I decided to leave the Army because I wanted to set myself a new challenge which focuses more on the teaching role, therefore seeking a great opportunity in MPCT. As I’ve already taught as in instructor at phase one, I am up to date with the modern combat military syllabus. This enables me to pass down many years’ experience and knowledge to a younger generation.
In my spare time, I am a gym enthusiast an also like boxing. I boxed in the army an gained my level 2 coach England boxing certificate. Also, I like going to my old MMA gym back in Liverpool.
I also love spending time with my family and friends going for meals and having a few social drinks.
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