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Meet the Southampton Team
Matt joined the Army at the age of 17 and was a member of the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh (RWF) for 9 years and reached the rank of Corporal. He served in many countries on tours Afghanistan, Falklands, Cyprus, Kenya, and India. His role in the Army was a section Commander, leading his men into battle, and he further completed many gruelling courses whilst in the Army SCBC, Reece Commanders course and Cambrian Patrol. IMatt considers himself lucky enough to also be a Military Co-Ordinator at MPCT Wrexham before he left the Army in 2014.
Matt joined MPCT in 2015 as the Centre Manager in Newport for 4 years where Ihe felt privileged to support many young learners to achieve their ambitions of joining the forces and many others to gain further education or employment.
He was promoted to the Regional Operations Manager South of England Region in 2019 and looks forward to continuing with his long-term career at MPCT.
Matt is currently developing his CPD and enrolled in a Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance.
A very keen sportsman, Matt’s favourite sport is football and supports Manchester United. He also loves the great outdoors where he spends most of my time. Matt considers himself a keen family man to his wife, Vicky, and his two children, Honey and Teddy.
Regional Operations Manager
After leaving college Simon decided to pursue a career in the military and after some deliberation he decided to join Her Majesty's Royal Marine Commandos. Simon enlisted in 1994 and went on to serve for 12 years finally leaving in 2006 as a Sergeant. During his service he carried out specialist training in both Arctic and Jungle Warfare and as a Military Parachutist. He served on Operations in Northern Ireland and The Gulf.
His last six years in the Marines were spent with the Landing craft branch again serving in various theatre's of operations around the globe. Since leaving the Royal Marines, Simon worked for the RNLI in Poole Harbour, then he worked as Assistant Harbourmaster in Weymouth: his responsibilities in both jobs included harbour safety and training new recruits.
Simon's hobbies include hockey and skiing. He started playing hockey as a junior and progressed to playing for, including the captaincy, of Swindon 1st Team: Simon also played for Wiltshire, and the West of England, both indoor and outdoor hockey and went on to represent the Royal Marines and the Royal Navy in both hockey and skiing, also representing the Combined Services at Hockey.
"I enjoy passing on the skills and experiences I have gained from my training and career to the students at MPCT to give them a head start in their chosen careers."
Stephen served in the Army for 22 years, 11 years in the Royal Hampshire regiment who amalgamated, to form the PWRR, 1n 1994 he transferred in the Royal Army Physical Training Corps.
Stephen's passion is performance coaching and getting the best out of people, he is inspired by people who can find their way and want to achieve.
His hobbies include, puzzles and cross words(. which he does miserably). Performance coaching and reading books on psychology and neurology.
"I inspire to aspire before I expire."
In September 2003, I was accepted into the Army Foundation College Harrogate joining the 2nd Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (2PWRR). Once passing Harrogate and on arrival to Battalion I done various jobs within the unit which included tours of Iraq, Northern Ireland closing OP Banner and Afghanistan. On Successful completion of promotional courses, I was given the opportunity to go back to AFC(H) as a section commander in 21 Platoon, Burma Company.
Once completing this posting, I was then sent back to unit who were stationed at Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, where the Battalion was on Public duties conducting Queen’s guard at Buckingham Palace. I had the honour of providing security for the London 2012 Olympics before leaving the service after 10 years.
Since leaving the forces, I have been assisting young people in the ACF and passing on my knowledge I have received in the HM Forces, Now I am responsible for 250+ Cadets and Adults as the Training Officer.
In my spare time I enjoy all aspects of physical fitness and go on regular runs, I also enjoy sports and I am currently training with a local gym doing Boxing.