I am delighted to be re-joining 617 Sqn (ATC) as a Service Helper. Before joining the RAF, I was a member of 617 Sqn (ATC) and attained the rank of FS. After working as a staff cadet at 633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron for 3 years assisting with daily operations and training towards becoming an instructor, I left 617 Sqn (ATC) in 2000 to become a Civilian Gliding Instructor, attaining over 600 hrs on the Vigilant Motor Glider.
Whilst at the University of the West of England, I trained as a Holistic Massage Therapist; I worked towards attaining enough knowledge and experience to treat both horse and rider via a HND in Equine Science and a Diploma in Equine Sports Massage. I also continued to volunteer at 633 VGS and gained my B Category Instructor qualification. I then travelled around Australia, worked in a Spa and in an Equine Veterinary Therapy centre before joining the RAF in 2006.
My first tour was as Officer Commanding (OC) Planning Co-ordination Cell which involved co-ordinating tasking and training requirements for four squadrons, including 617 Sqn. I then deployed into the Helicopter tasking role, tasking UK rotary wing assets to meet transport requirements. This tour was followed by a posting to 100 Sqn, RAF Leeming, as their Operations Officer. I also completed a deployment as one of the UK Liaison Officers within the Combined Air Operations Centre, after which I joined the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff, which plans and executes Ex JOINT WARRIOR. A return to the Operations room as Duty Operations Controller for 902 Expeditionary Air Wing refreshed my knowledge of flight planning and current Ops before I was posted into 32 (The Royal) Sqn as OC Tasking. In September 2015, I was posted to the School of Air Operations Control at RAF Shawbury as a trainer on the Flight Operations Training Course and I have been involved in both training delivery and development. I am now responsible for developing Reservist Flight Ops Officer training.
In my free time, I enjoy photography, reading and hill walking. I am also studying for a BTEC Level 6 in Advanced Clinical Massage and Sports Massage alongside biomechanics as part of my long term plan to work in horse and rider rehabilitation. As a keen horse rider, I compete in Endurance and have a horse called Harley and dog called Elsa (named for a Lion, not a Princess!).
Congratulations to Cadets Morris and Faithfull on their promotion to Cadet Corporal this evening and also Sergeant Ancliffe on her promotion to Cadet Flight Sergeant. Well done!