Surrey Lord Lieutenant’s Awards Ceremony Part.1

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An outstanding role model for new recruits

Colour Sergeant Neil Herbert, 38, has been awarded the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey’s Certificate for Meritorious Service for his outstanding loyalty and commitment to the Army Reserve.  Serving with A Company 3 PWRR in Farnham, Neil is the Company Sergeant Major and the most senior of the non-commissioned officers, having served as a Reservist for 19 years.  His responsibilities are for administration, standards and welfare and discipline.  Neil is currently retraining to be a carpenter at Guildford College.  When he’s not at college, Neil works at the unit as the Senior Recruiter ensuring recruiting is maintained.

Since joining the Army Reserve, Neil has deployed to Kosovo, Afghanistan and has also taken part in an exercise with the US National Guard.  In addition he has contributed significantly to the recruiting effort and is an outstanding role model for new recruits who he trains and mentors.  Neil works closely with the local Farnham and Surrey communities and has helped to raise £40K for the Army Benevolent Fund and the Breast Care Appeal Frimley Park Hospital, including cycling in the Tour-de-Frimley 1000km event.  He said “I am honoured to receive this award after many years of dedicated service.  It means a great deal to me and is recognition for my time served and commitment to the reserve forces”.  He added “I keep serving as it gives me opportunities that I would not get in my civilian life.  I have great friendships and these grow with every exercise and deployment”.

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A great sense of purpose and duty

Captain Jon Tully, 54, has been awarded the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey’s Certificate for Meritorious Service for his outstanding loyalty and commitment to the Cadet Forces.   Jon is a Senior Housemaster at Charterhouse School and is also the officer in charge of the Royal Marines detachment of the Charterhouse CCF which he took over ten years ago when it was in terminal decline.  Through his energy and determination he has brought the detachment national honours and is now so successful that there is a waiting list to join and demand for places is 6:1.  These honours include winning the Sir Steuart Pringle Trophy three times, which is the defining activity for Royal Marines Cadets.    He said “It means a great deal to receive this award.  I’m very happy to be a cadet officer just for the benefit of the cadets but it’s very rewarding to be recognised”.     He added “I joined to put something back into society; to put my experience and military qualifications to good use.  It’s also kept me very fit and given me a great sense of purpose and duty.”

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A most committed officer

Lieutenant (SCC) Peter Bishop RNR, 50, has been awarded the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey’s Certificate for Meritorious Service for his outstanding loyalty and commitment to the Cadet Forces and a 2nd Clasp to the Cadet Forces’ Medal to recognise his 24 years of service.  Peter is the ICT Director at Bishops Move Group, managing all aspects of information, communication and technology and in his spare time he volunteers as a Sea Cadet Instructor at the Reigate Unit.  This entails teaching 10-18 year olds life skills, including loyalty, self-discipline, commitment, honesty and respect.   A sailing enthusiast, Peter’s role with the Sea Cadets has allowed him to pursue his hobby; gaining RYA Yacht Master and becoming a senior sailing instructor.  Peter is the Executive, Training and Courses Officer, nurturing the development of volunteers and is also a Piping Assessor.  The highlight of his career to date has been taking a group of cadets to live on board HMS Ark Royal for a week and parading in front of HM The Queen Mother for the rededication ceremony.  He said “I feel honoured and privileged to have been nominated for this award and it is extremely gratifying to be recognised for doing something I love to do”.

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The ACF helped me so much as youngster

Captain Chris Mansfield has been awarded the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey’s Certificate for Meritorious Service for his outstanding loyalty and commitment to the Cadet Forces.  Chris, 35, has volunteered as a Cadet Force Adult instructor since 2007 and as a Company Commander manages a group of approximately 25 volunteer instructors and more than 150 cadets.  He is also the County Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Officer, planned and completing numerous expeditions which have resulted I a surge in passes for the County’s Army Cadets.  A former cadet with Banstead Detachment ACF and then a Royal Marines Commando, Chris missed the military way of life when he resigned his post and, remembering the organisation that helped him so much when he was a youngster, he decided to become an adult instructor with the Army Cadet Force.  He said “It is a great honour to be nominated for this award.  The ACF instructors give up a lot of their time to help and develop our young people and it really makes a difference.  It’s nice to be recognised for your efforts but it’s something I couldn’t have achieved on my own so I hope my fellow instructors take some of the credit.”

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Mrs Jo Bentinck, 61, has been awarded the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey’s Certificate for Meritorious Service for her outstanding loyalty and commitment to the Cadet Forces. Jo has been the Administration Officer for Surrey ACF for more than sixteen years and until 2010 was the sole administrator more some 900 personnel.  Efficient and highly effective, Jo, with her wealth of knowledge, has become a subject matter expert, invited to participate within National “Best Practice” Panels, advising on new standardisation for enlistment and induction procedures across the whole Army Cadet Force.  Jo is very approachable and readily offers friendly advice and encouragement to those often nervous cadets attending courses.  She said “I am extremely proud that my 16 years as Admin Officer for Surrey ACF has been recognised. It provides me with inspiration to continue in my role to the best of my ability”.

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It’s great seeing the cadets reaching their potential

Lieutenant Philippa Neale, 30, has been awarded the Cadet Forces’ Medal to recognise twelve years of long and efficient service.  Philippa, who commanded Mytchett Detachment for eight years is now the County Public Relations Officer, responsible for social media and content generation which has turned her commitment into a 24/7 on-call role.  She works full time for Dimension Data as a European Sales Operations Analyst and juggles her family life as Mum to two small children, along with her ACF volunteering responsibilities.  Philippa joined the ACF as a cadet in 1999 with a group of friends and on turning 18 decided she couldn’t leave and became an adult instructor within a matter of weeks.    Philippa’s cadet experience has had a huge impact on her; personally she wouldn’t have met her husband who is an Army Reservist.  She said “Twelve years of service is a long time.  This is my second award in two years, but one I am very proud of.  It shows the commitment that not only I make but so does my family in supporting me in doing this for the ACF.”  She added “I do this to see a change in young people.  Seeing any of my cadets leaving as RSM or Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet or Master Cadet and reaching their potential is hugely rewarding”.

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