Change is afoot at Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force (ACF) Headquarters as Victor (Vic) Hughes steps into his new role as the Cadet Executive Officer (CEO). He succeeds Bernie Pagent, bringing a wealth of experience from his Army career and a commitment to enhancing training activities for the youth in North Wales.
Victor's journey with the Professional Support Staff (PSS) began in 2020, and he has since become a pivotal figure in supporting and elevating the ACF's training programs. His elevation to CEO signifies a new era for the organization, and his dedication to the role is evident.
The CEO serves as the professional advisor to the Cadet Commandant, providing full-time support in the execution of their duties. This vital position encompasses the day-to-day administration of Clwyd and Gwynedd ACF, with support from the Cadet Quartermaster (CQM), Cadet Administrative Assistants (CAAs), two Cadet Support Officers, and administrative staff.
The transition to Victor's leadership was swift, marked by a flurry of meetings and activities. He immediately engaged with a Commandant's Senior staff meeting, Training Meeting, and Command Conference, followed by budget and planning sessions. The demanding schedule underscores the CEO's commitment to the organization's growth and development.
Speaking about his new role, Victor acknowledged the challenging task of following in the footsteps of Bernie Pagent, who brought years of experience to the position. Victor, however, expressed eagerness to embrace the challenges that lie ahead and guide the organization into a promising future. He stated, "Bernie will be a hard act to follow with his many years of experience, but I look forward to the challenges ahead, guiding the organization in the years to come."
Victor also highlighted an imminent change – a full complement of PSS staff, a rarity in recent times. With this development, the team will be fully equipped to support the Army Cadets across North Wales comprehensively. Victor emphasized his open-door policy, ensuring that Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs), PSS members, and cadets alike will always find a safe and confidential space to discuss their needs and concerns.
As Victor G. Hughes takes on this new role as CEO, there's an air of excitement and anticipation at Clwyd and Gwynedd ACF Headquarters. His dedication, combined with the commitment of the entire team, promises a bright future for the Army Cadet Force in North Wales, ensuring that young cadets continue to receive exceptional training and support.