I joined the ATC with 759 (Beccles) Squadron as a cadet in 1975 and progressed through each of the cadet ranks to eventually become a Cadet Warrant Officer. As a cadet I was a keen sportsman and marksmen representing both the Wing and Region at football and athletics. I gained a Gliding scholarship and went solo, flying the newly introduced motorised glider the Venture.
Commissioned in 1981, I served at 759 Squadron as the Adjutant with adventure training and shooting responsibilities. In 1991 I was selected and promoted to Flight Lieutenant and became the unit’s Commanding Officer. In March 1993, together with the Queens Colour Squadron (and several days of sword drill!) and units from Beds and Cambs, and Norfolk and Suffolk Wings, I had the honour to command the ATC contingent at the Royal Review held at RAF Marham to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force. That was a great highlight for me. During my Command period the Squadron was chosen to represent the Wing four times in the national Lees trophy competition for the most efficient Squadron in the Corps, achieving the Regional nomination in 2000 and achieving a third place in the Corps – we were a small team and I was fortunate to have such a committed group; this was my first great team.
After a total of 25 years with Beccles Squadron and on promotion to Squadron Leader I was appointed to a Wing Staff post where I served as a Sector commander and as the Wing Training Officer overseeing the Wings DofE, BTEC, Adventure Training and shooting responsibilities. In 2007 I became Deputy OC Wing before being asked to command the Wing in July 2010. I thoroughly enjoyed this time working within what was for me a second great team and with and for people during a time of considerable change for the Corps.
Having commanded the Wing since 2010, there have been many changes and to be honest the Corps I joined is very different to the one available now. The breadth of opportunities and skills is vast and there is something for everyone. I am now in my third great team with a wonderful group of volunteers who give so much and are driven to get and deliver the most for the cadets.
I remain keen on adventure training, the Duke of Edinburgh award and shooting holding qualifications in each discipline. My other interests include, skiing, motor racing and hill walking.
I am married to Sonia with grown up children; Matthew – a police officer who is also a serving RAFAC Officer and Megan who is employed by one of the cruise lines and is currently working in the Caribbean.