Who's who @ CVQO


The Rt Hon the Lord Lingfield Kt DLitt DL

The Lord Lingfield is the former Pro-Chancellor of Brunel University and his appointment as Knight Principal of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor (Chairman of...

The Rt Hon the Lord Lingfield

Olga Bottomley MIVA MIOD SFEDI

Olga Bottomley was educated at St Thomas More RC Secondary School and Mackworth College, Derby where she achieved a BTEC Business qualification. In 1984 she joined...

Olga Bottomley

Keith Baldwin BSc(Eng) ACGI MSc DIC C Eng MIET FIBC MIOD

Keith Baldwin is an experienced manager and business advisor with strong financial skills, excellent technological awareness and strategic thinking capability. His...

Keith Baldwin

Air Vice Marshal P D Luker CB OBE AFC DL RAF (Retd)

Born in 1951, Paul Luker joined the Royal Air Force direct from school through the RAF College Cranwell cadetship scheme in 1968.  After graduating in 1971 he...

Air Vice Marshal P D Luker

Martin Doel CBE

Martin Doel was appointed as the first Further Education Trust for Leadership Professor of Leadership in Further Education and Skills at University College London...

Martin Doel

John Dowty TD MA ACA

John has recently retired after 24 years as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  During this time he was the global leader of their M&A Integration and...

John Dowty

Chief Executive

Guy Horridge BSc MSc MBA FCMI FInstLM

Guy Horridge was born in 1957 to a service family.  After a relatively traditional service family education, Guy graduated from Warwick University with a BSc. ...

Guy Horridge

Executive Team

Michèle Parry BA(Hons) PGDip MA

Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Quality and Curriculum

Michèle Parry graduated from Newcastle upon Tyne University with a BA with Honours in Modern Languages. Following her love of languages and travel she then spent 7...

Michèle Parry

Senior Managers

Ian Holmes

Head of Operations

After 20 years in the manufacturing and engineering sectors, Ian retrained as a teacher and spent seven years teaching in a large secondary school in Cheshire. Ian then...

Ian Holmes

Martin Passmore MA MCGI FRSA

Head of Curriculum

Martin Passmore joined CVQO in 2005 having spent twenty-one years as a secondary school History teacher. Martin became Head of Curriculum in September 2016, and he and...

Martin Passmore

Clinton Riley

Head of Development

Clinton spent 27 years working for a number of Government Departments. He resigned from the Civil Service to join CVQO in 2005. Since joining CVQO he has been a Regional...

Clinton Riley

Curriculum Managers

Paul Atkinson B Ed (Hons) NPQH

Professional Development Manager

After graduating as a teacher in 1979, Paul spent thirty-four years working in maintained schools as music teacher, Head of Music, Head of Year, Senior Teacher and...

Paul Atkinson

Dave Poke BA MInstLM

BTEC Level 1 and Level 2 Curriculum Manager

Dave is an extremely experienced deliverer of Human Resource Training and Development having been involved in this field for nearly forty years. This breadth and depth of...

Dave Poke

Quality and Curriculum Development

Christina Freeman

Quality Manager

Christina joined CVQO in 2008 and gained experience in a variety of roles within the charity; firstly in the Adult Awards Department and later as Assistant Manager of...

Christina Freeman

Sylvia Brunner

Curriculum Standardisation Manager

Sylvia Brunner graduated from the University of Strathclyde and following a career in the hotel industry in Germany and the UK, she moved into education and...

Sylvia Brunner

Kevin Hay

Curriculum Support Assistant

Kevin joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16 in 1976 as a Seaman Operator.  He served in the Royal Navy for 32 years and left as a Chief Petty Officer. During his...

Kevin Hay

Ian Peaple

Curriculum Support Assistant and SPP Manager

Ian attended The Corsham School and was a member of the Wiltshire Army Cadet Force where he reached the rank of Cadet RSM. After leaving school, Ian had a brief spell in...

Ian Peaple

Christopher Bushby

Curriculum Support Assistant (ILM)

Chris taught canoeing in the Ardeche, France and completed his PGCE at Swansea University.  He taught in Essex for 10 years before taking a year out to travel the...

Christopher Bushby

Area Managers

Richard Allen MCGI ATCI

Area Manager South

Richard lives in Kent. He joined the Army in 1984 as a musician in The Band of The Life Guards, where he was principle clarinet for 10 years and Band Corporal Major for 4...

Richard Allen

Steve Mills GCGI MInstLM

Area Manager East

Steve’s career background is in staff training, sales and quality assurance management, including 5 years as a Group Company Director. Steve joined the ATC aged 13,...

Steve Mills

Andy Webster

Area Manager North and West

At 13 Andy joined Cheshire Army Cadet Force, and after 5 years as a cadet he became an adult volunteer. During the 1980s he was serving with the Territorial Army while...

Andy Webster

Regional Managers

Jim Black MlnstLM

Regional Manager North

Jim Black was born in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire in 1962. He was educated at Buckie High School. At 15 Jim joined the Army (Gordon Highlanders then Highlanders),...

Jim Black

Karen Barr MCGI LCGI

Regional Manager East

Karen Barr was born and raised in Hull, Yorkshire, where at 17 she joined the WRAC a driver. After serving at Bicester and in Belfast, Karen married a soldier and moved...

Karen Barr MCGI

David Barr

Regional Manager East

David Barr was born in Scotland and now lives in Hull after a career of 40 years in the Army and the MOD. He has been a member of the ACF, for 18 years...

David Barr

Miranda Mills

Regional Manager East

Miranda owns her own flooring company as well as working on the CVQO Schools Project.  She is a Captain and Company Staff Officer in the Army Cadet Force with...

Miranda Mills

Juliane Gregg

Regional Manager East

Juliane was born in Aberdeen, although she grew up in East Anglia and joined the Air Training Corps in 1998. She gained her commission in 2004 and spent time in both...

Juliane Gregg

Mitch McGuire

Regional Manager East

Mitch lived life until 1989 in Germany moving to Retford in Nottinghamshire where she has stayed since joining the Army Cadet Force as an adult instructor in the summer...

Mitch McGuire

Peter Spink MInstTA A.E.C.I

Regional Manager East

Peter joined CVQO as an ILM Instructor and is now Regional Manager for the South Midlands. He is an experienced trainer and leader. Having served in the Royal Air Force...

Peter Spink

Kerry Barker

Regional Manager West

Kerry joined the Army Cadet Force as a cadet at the age of 14, then became an adult instructor in 1997.  She currently runs a successful Detachment within Dorset...

Kerry Barker

Lynne Newell BA(Hons) PGCE

Regional Manager West

Originating from South Wales, Lynne joined the Air Training Corps in August 1992, taking her commission in 2000. Educated at the University of Wales Institute, Swansea,...

Lynne Newell

Mark Warden

Regional Manager West

Mark is a recent graduate of Coventry University with a degree in International Security and Disaster Management where he gained an in-depth understanding of...

Mark Warden

Ranveer Bahra BA (Hons)

Regional Manager South

Ranveer graduated from Buckinghamshire New University with a BA (Hons) Degree after studying Airline and Airport Management. Having completed the Officer Initial Course...

Ranveer Bahra

Debbie Barry

Regional Manager South

Born and based in Southampton. In 1998 Debbie joined a local Army Cadet Unit and in 2010 got roped in to becoming an Adult Instructor. Eight years on, she runs...

Debbie Barry

Tara Young

Regional Manager South

CVQO's main point of contact for Kent, Sussex and SE London ACFs, London and Sussex Wing ATC & Kent SCC.

CVQO Overseas Liaison Officers

Dr Wallace Williams DSc MSc MCGI FRSH FInstLM

Caribbean Liaison Officer

Wallace is a former cadet from Trinidad & Tobago and started his cadet career at the Alma Mater Queen's Royal College. On leaving college he rejoined the...

Dr Wallace Williams

Other Managers

Simon Reeves MPRCA

Corporate Communications Manager

Simon was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and studied Media Writing and Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating with a BA (hons). Career-wise, he has...

Simon Reeves

Dawn Palmer

Learner Support Services Manager

After leaving school at 18, Dawn joined Berkshire County Council as an administrative officer and studied for an HNC in Business and Local Government. Positions in...

Dawn Palmer

Mark Rye MCGI PgCert MCMI MInstLM

Brand and Project Manager

Mark is a skilled design and project management professional with a Post Graduate Certificate in Charity Management from St Mary's University and City & Guilds...

Mark Rye

Schools Partnership Team

Kevin Raw

SPP IV and Coordination

Kevin joined the Army straight from school as a 16 year old Junior Leader with the Light Infantry based in Winchester before passing out and moving on to the 2nd...

Kevin Raw