Lieutenant Colonel (Chief Executive and Programme Manager)
Appointed in 2001 as a Lieutenant Colonel to command, lead, train and prepare men and women to go to war.The Territorial Army (TA) is part of Britain's reserve forces; providing fighting support to the Regular Army. Led by 105 Lieutenant Colonels, the TA has 38,000 people employed full and part time.
- A long-term second and parallel career (started1981) conducted mostly at weekends and evenings as a means of keeping fit, developing leadership skills and having an active social/business network; now working with 300+ senior business/TA officers and 800+ defence/MOD staff. Attend winter/summer royal balls, Queens garden parties, embassy/consulate events and much else in evenings and weekends.
Developments and Military Strategies
- Successfully commanded 450 military staff in the Netherlands, winning international war-games. Managed 4,500 staff within 16 Air Assault Brigade as J3 Operations Officer;
- Held J4 Logistics appointment for two years, successful coordinating fuel, food, water and medical supplies supporting 38 helicopters, 400+ vehicles, a mobile hospital and 8,300 men and women;
- One of few Reservists to hold sought after NATO appointment as the Liaison Officer [Ambassador] representing 3* Corps Commander to US 2* Armoured Division;
- Successfully led TA element of pan-Army “Review of Soldier Career Training & Education” (ROSCTE), reducing war-related casualty/injuries with renewed focus upon skills needed for Iraq and Afghanistan;
- Spearheading development of a national IT skills-tracking system (Forge), linked to ARTD, Schools, A&SDs, DETS(A), Land and all TA units to Company/Squadron level; recording the delivery of individual and collective training/skills;
- Led Army international desk (Whitehall) for Central & Eastern Europe (CEE / CIS nations); managing all Defence Advisors attached to 59 embassies and consulates; successfully introduced new secure communications system. Reviewed global travel budget and reduced costs by £1m pa;
- Successfully arranged military diplomatic missions to/from the UK, organised training of CEE ‘foreign’ military personnel, hosted high-ranking USA, GE, Chinese and Nepalese officials during official trips to the UK, and arranged bilateral military staff exchanges;
- Agreed ‘Defence Offset’ funding formula with DESO and various Military Attachés and consulates to support Army ‘International Defence Training’ (IDT(A)) costs with 23 CEE nations.