I was born in Belfast N Ireland and after leaving school became an Apprentice Diesel Mechanic. At twenty I decided to join the Army as my Grandfather and Father where both Military. I joined the Royal Irish Regiment in 1996, doing Phase1Training in St Patrick’s Barracks followed by ITC Catterick for the Combat Infantry Course.
I done numerous tours and exercises all over the world including several tours of N Ireland, Kosovo invasion force, Iraq invasion force and Afghanistan as well as serving in Canada, America, Kenya, Botswana, Oman and the Falkland Islands to name a few.
I completed 23.5 years service in March 2020 and left as a WO2 with my last post being CSM of the ISR Coy 1 Royal Irish and believe the experiences I have had within the Army could be of benefit to those thinking of joining the Military.
I love the outdoors and enjoy keeping fit with my main passion being Mountain Biking and have worked my way up to MBCUK Tutor with the ability to lead, guide, coach and deliver qualifications in Mountain Biking, which I have done all over including Austria, Germany and Serbia. My other hobbies include flying of which I completed my Private Pilots License in 2005. I enjoy reading especially crime fiction and enjoy trying new things.
I currently serve in the Army Reserve as Coy 2iC of B Coy 3 Royal Welsh Swansea and enjoy the ability to continue developing young reserve soldiers. Personal development is important and I find the Army Reserve gives me the opportunity to continue to challenge myself.
When I saw the opportunity available at MPCT Swansea I knew I had to apply as it was a job that defined my working life to date and would give me the opportunity to pass on experiences, knowledge and mistakes I have made to better prepare those starting out on their exciting journey.