joined the Royal Marines in 1996, initially serving as a Rifle Troop Commander
in 40 Commando which included deployment on operations in the Congo. He then trained as a Regimental Signals
Officer and served with Commando Logistic Regiment Royal Marines conducting
desert training in Oman and operations in Kosovo.
2001, he was selected as Aide-de-Camp to the Commandant General Royal Marines/COMUKAMPHIBFOR
during a hectic period which saw the General's Staff based twice in Bahrain
alongside the US Navy's 5th Fleet and the deployment of the Royal Marines to
both Afghanistan on Op JACANA and Iraq on Op TELIC. As an Acting Major he commanded SBS Signals
Squadron. On promotion he attended
Intermediate Command and Staff College (Land) before moving to the Permanent
Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) as the Afghanistan Intelligence Team Leader.
to 40 Commando he commanded Bravo Company in Sangin, Helmand Province,
Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 7 for which he was appointed MBE. Following a period as OC Command Company, he
moved to the Ministry of Defence as a Counter Terrorism Desk Office
for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in 2009, he attended the Advanced Command
and Staff College before assignment to FLEET Operational Policy as the Royal
Navy's liaison officer to PJHQ and lead planner during the Arab Spring. In 2012, he was selected as Chief of Staff
Headquarters 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines as the formation reorientated
from Afghanistan to readiness for contingency operations. This period included amphibious deployments
to the Mediterranean and Gulf.
he assumed command of 45 Commando Group during which period the Unit were first
the Standing Tasks Commando, then Force Generated across the world, including in
California, Norway and Belize, to assume responsibility as the UK’s Lead
Commando 2015. On promotion to Colonel
Royal Marines, he was assigned as DACOS Information Warfare Development in Navy
Command Headquarters with responsibility for future Maritime C4, IX, ISR, EW,
Cyber, Artificial Intelligence and Unmanned Drones.
is married to Jo, an Executive Coach, they have two very energetic children (3
and 0), and when not learning how to be a Dad, the Ducati, ski mountaineering, kitesurfing,
mountain marathons and kayaking are next on the list.
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