Meet the Team

  • Colonel S Emerson MCGI

    Role: Commandant

    The Commandant is the Commanding Officer for the County. Colonel (Steve) Emerson, a former Army Cadet with NE London ACF, was born in 1960 and following his secondary school education joined the Army as an Infantry Junior Leader at Shornecliffe in 1977 and rose to the rank of Junior Company Sergeant Major. On completion of his training he was posted to the 1st Battalion of The Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire where he went on to become the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 1st Battalion and subsequently commissioned as a Late Entry Officer. As well as service at regimental duty, Colonel Emerson has served at a variety of instructional posts. These include The Junior Soldier’s Battalion as a Corporal, The Northern Ireland Training and Advisory Team (Rural Tactics Instructor as a Sergeant), 2 tours at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as a Colour Sergeant and Company Sergeant Major, Regimental Sergeant Major at the Army Training Regiment (Glencorse) and Chief Instructor at the Cadet Training Centre Frimley Park. He was also the Staff Officer responsible for cadets at Headquarters 15 (North East) Brigade, now 4 Brigade. Colonel Emerson has served on operations in Northern Ireland as a Team Commander in the Close Observation Platoon, as well as a Multiple Commander and Intelligence Officer. He has also served in the Bosnia where he was the Company Sergeant Major of an independent infantry company working away from the Main Force. Command appointments include Officer Commanding Headquarter Company with The Green Howards, the 2nd Battalion of The Yorkshire Regiment and 9 Cadet Training Team. Colonel Emerson currently commands Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force having previously been a Deputy Commandant with the Yorkshire North and West Army Cadet Force. In Addition, he is also the Contingent Commander of Queen Ethelburga’s College Combined Cadet Force. Colonel Emerson is married with 3 grown up children and lives in the East Riding of Yorkshire. His personal interests include keeping fit, mountaineering and antique furniture. Colonel Emerson said, ‘as a career soldier it is no coincidence that the Army Cadet Force continues to play a large part in my life, and I am absolutely delighted to have been given this appointment’.

  • Lieutenant Colonel FT Owen MSTJ, GCGI

    Role: Deputy Commandant (Personnel & Administration)

    The Deputy Commandant is a Senior Officer who assists the Commandant with his duties. Lt Col Owen has specific areas of responsibility for Personnel and Administration, manpower, management and discipline, Intelligence and Security and Logistic Support. Lt Col Owen started his ACF career as a Queens Lancashire Regiment cadet in Bolton, Lancashire. In 1982 he joined the Regular Army as a Chef and served in Belize, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and the UK. After leaving Colour Service in 1991 Lt Col Owen joined Humberside & South Yorkshire ACF and Commanded Hornsea and Londesborough Detachments. He was promoted and appointed to Company Sergeant Major in 1996. Lt Col Owen was commissioned in 2003 and has held the posts of County First Aid Training Officer, Company Training Officer and Officer Commanding of B, E and A Company. Lt Col Owen spent three years as the County Training Officer responsible to the Commandant as the Senior Planning Officer responsible for overall training and development of Cadets. In this role his major achievement was to plan annual camp 2016 to Sennelager Camp in Germany for two weeks, never before done in the County. Lt Col Owen has also held the Post of National ACFA First Aid Development Officer and Brigade First Aid Advisor for 49 and 160 Brigades and Panel Chairman for 4 Brigade. In his civillian live he works for St John Ambulance as the Training Standards Manager for its Ambulance Services nationwide. He is responsible for clinical education and driver standards, staff development, CQC compliance and delivering a safe service. Lt Col Owen lives in Hull with his partner Jemma and have three grown up children, Frederick, Katie and stepdaughter Ellen along with his Jack Russell, Hector! In 2008 Lt Col Owen was honoured by HM the Queen and invested as a Member of the Order of St John for his services to first aid in the Cadet Forces and in 2009 received HM Lord-Lieutenant Certificate for outstanding voluntary service.

  • Major JM Britchford

    Role: Deputy Commandant (Training)

    The Deputy Commandant is a Senior Officer who assists the Commandant with his duties.

  • Lieutenant Colonel M Smith

    Role: Deputy Commandant (Projects)

    The Deputy Commandant is a Senior Officer who assists the Commandant with his duties.

  • Major T Atkinson

    Role: Cadet Executive Officer (CEO)

    The CEO is a permanent member of staff employed by RFCA. He is responsible for the management of the Professional Support Staff who are responsible for supporting the County to enable it to achieve its aims. Major Atkinson is also the nominated Safeguarding Officer.

  • Major Dave Mather

    Role: County Adult Development Officer (ADO)

    The ADO is responsible to the Deputy Commandant G7 for the delivery of new volunteer induction training and the development of adult volunteers within the County. Major Buckley joined the County after his Colour Service as a Royal Engineer (Sapper). He has held several leadership and staff posts throughout his ACF career including that of Deputy Commandant. Once his tenure of Dep Comdt came to an end he assumed command of the Adult Development Team.

  • Captain A Akester

    Role: Duke of Edinburgh's Award Officer (DoEO)

    The DoEO is responsible for promoting the award to our cadets and enabling their progression.

  • AUO Michael Lee

    Role: County Public Relations Officer (PRO)

    The PRO is responsible for promoting Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force to the wider community. He is responsible for the production of news articles, liaison with local press and maintenance of our social media channels. The PRO has specific responsibility for A, B, C, D and E companies PR. You can reach out to the HSY PRO via the county Facebook page.

  • Lieutenant N Bizzell MCGI

    Role: Initial Officer Training (IOT) and IT Officer (ITO)

    The IOT Officer is responsible for the mentoring of junior officers undertaking the Initial Officer Training course. The ITO is responsible for advising the command team on IT strategy. Lt Bizzell Joined the Cadet Forces in 1991 as a cadet in his school Combined Cadet Force. He left in 1998 as the senior cadet NCO in the Army section. He served in the Officer Training Corps whilst at university and joined Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet force in 2006 at Hillsborough. He has served at detachments in the Pitsmoor, Endcliffe and Middlewood areas of Sheffield. He has been a detachment Instructor, Detachment 2IC and Detachment Commander. Before moving to his current role he was the Staff Officer (Admin) for D Company. In civilian life Lt Bizzell works in secondary schools in Broomhill, Crosspool and High Storrs as a Computing At School Master Teacher and, as a Teaching and Leaning Expert within the Department of Computer Science at the university of York. He enjoys adventurous training, mountaineering, cycling, wargames, and plays drums and ukulele. He is also a keen electronic hobbyist, creating several projects using the Raspberry Pi. He lives in Stannington with his wife and 3 children.

  • 2Lt Liz Millard

    Role: County Sports Officer(CSpO)

    The CSpO is responsible for sporting events at County level and organising inter company sports events.

  • Captain G McDool

    Role: County First Aid Training Officer (CFATO)

    The CFATO is responsible to the County Training Officer for the delivery of First Aid training within the County Force for both Cadets and Adult Volunteers

  • Adult Under Officer S Moverley

    Role: Communications, Information & Systems Officer

    The CIS Officer is the officer responsible for CIS training in the county. AUO Moverley the Army in 1998 having served with the Infantry for 12 years including postings to Northern Ireland and Germany and serving on the front line during the 1st Gulf Campaign. He joined the ACF in 1999 having missed the structure and bonds the army gave him. He initially served with B Company at both Wolds and Wolfreton as a detachment instructor, finally moving over to Howden detachment as detachment commander in 2004/5 and promoted to SSI. In 2005 he was transferred to Balby detachment C Company as detachment commander and later that year was promoted to SMI and took over the post as Company Sergeant Major, which he held for 11 years up until January 2017 when he took over the post of CISSM. When he is not cadeting he likes to spend time with his wife and raising funds and donations for a local animal rescue centre based within the Doncaster area.

  • Regimental Sergeant Major Instructor S Robinson

    Role: Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM)

    The RSM is the senior non commissioned officer in the county.

  • Sergeant Major Instructor T Gowing

    Role: Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant

  • Sergeant Major Instructor R Kirk

    Role: Training Sergeant Major (Cadets)

    The Training Sergeant Major (Cadets) is a Senior Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) who assists the County Training Officer with his duties.

  • Sergeant Instructor J CLARK

    Role: County BTEC Officer

    The County BTEC Officer is responsible for developing vocational awards to cadets and adults in the County


    Role: Padre

    The Padre is responsible for the spiritual well being of the cadets and for providing pastoral support on camps and at events.


    Role: Padre

    Padre Ivan Howitt is a retired Church of England priest who has served in a variety of parishes in Kent, Lincolnshire, East and North Yorkshire. For 4 years he served as a Chaplain in the Mission to Seafarers, being the Port Chaplain in Kingston upon Hull. As a teenager he was a cadet in the Air Training Corps, then after Ordination served as a Padre to 3 ATC squadrons, 2 Sea Cadet Corps and subsequently since 2007 one of the Padre's at the Humberside and South Yorkshire ACF. He is an Honorary Assistant Priest in the Parish of St Mary Barton upon Humber and a School Governor at St Peter's School in Barton. When not on Cadet or Priestly duty he can be found modelling railways or up a bell tower somewhere, having been a campanologist since the age of ten.