Born in 1966 in Hannover, Germany, I spent the next 16 years experiencing the churn and social diversity of a service child moving around the world. I then joined the Army as an Army Apprentice at the College in Chepstow and completed my Apprenticeship as a welder/fabricator. Developing these skills, I qualified as a coded specialist welder – a peak in this field. I was selected to train the potential future specialist welders of the Royal Engineers, at the Royal School of Military Engineering.
During my full career in the Army I experienced many different working environments within the Royal Engineers. Roles included Combat, Air Mobile, Air Support, Amphibious, Armoured and Air Assault in different operational areas around the world. My career spanned almost 30 years, culminating in my final appointment as the Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) of the 160 (Wales) Brigade Recruiting Advisory Team based at Army HQ in Brecon. In addition to other tasks I was responsible for the preparation and delivery of training, monitoring of recruiting standards, and MIS support to the regional recruiting framework across Wales. Part of my responsibilities was the validation of the regular army staff attached to the MPCT Colleges throughout Wales.
On retirement from full-time service in 2011, I was employed at MPCT as the Employer Engagement Manager. Recently I have been promoted to Head of Communications, a position I very much enjoy. My involvement with the MLT has been from the embryonic stage where we first realised the need for our own charitable trust. I have supported the MD from the onset in identifying Trustees and Patrons and have also actively engaged in fund-raising activities both as a participant and from a planning and delivery perspective. I was delighted to be approached and appointed as a Trustee of the charity.
My interests are golf and rugby and I continue to play, coach and referee in squash, which has been my main focus over many years. Previously I have been Army Junior Squash Champion. I am currently an International Referee and have had the honour of representing Wales as an official at World and European Squash events.
I have been married to my wife Karen since 1992 and we are the very proud parents of our two daughters, Rhianydd and Alys. We live in North Cardiff, conveniently placed to visit the Rhiwbina Squash club; a short walk from my home.