Major General Sir Martin White KCVO CB CBE

11th December 2017

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White, was born, raised and educated on the Island.

He was commissioned from Sandhurst in 1964 into what was then the Royal Army Service Corps, now the Royal Logistic Corps. He had an Army career spanning almost 40 years, including command at every level and a wide variety of staff appointments; he was a graduate and instructor at the Army Command and Staff College and the Royal College of Defence Studies.

During the first Gulf War (1990/91) he commanded the logistic effort in support of UK ground forces for which he was awarded the CBE; he became a CB in The Queen’s Birthday Honours 1998. Since leaving the Army in 1999 Major General White has been a military adviser to Ernst & Young and more recently Deloittes. In addition to his role as Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight he is a Colonel Commandant and Honorary Colonel of the Royal Logistic Corps and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carmen, a City livery company.

His interests, when time allows, include sailing and countryside pursuits. He is married to Fiona, has 4 married children and a growing number of grandchildren!

“The MPCT was opened on the Isle of Wight in 2011 and almost immediately made a really positive impact on the community and in particular our young who were seeking a career in the Armed Forces. Since then it has gone from strength to strength.

From the outset it was skilfully led by Brian Richardson MBE who not only proved to be an outstanding role model for his students, many of whom lacked self confidence and fitness, but he has also established MPCT firmly within the wider community, no mean feat! MPCT students support a range of voluntary activity, for example I saw a number at a recent Careers Fair in the Royal Yacht Squadron and I met a team taking part in our major fundraiser for the hospice, Walk the Wight and there are many others.

The College is well supported by a wide range of senior “opinion formers” including the Lieutenancy, present and former High Sheriffs and Chairs of the Isle of Wight Council and business leaders. It remains a most important and successful facility with a marvellous ethos for helping young people into Services and other careers.

I was pleased to become a Patron in 2013, I regularly attend “passing out parades” and marvel (as do the families) at the progress that students have made during a relatively short course. This in my view is due to instruction of the highest quality (note the recent OFSTED report) and inspirational leadership at every level in the whole organisation that from Huw Lewis downwards wants to make a difference to young people. Both the educational and military establishments can learn from this outstanding enterprise; they have my vote”.

Major General M S White CB CBE JP, HM Lord-Lieutenant

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