Former infantry officer appointed Honorary Colonel of Humberside and South Yorkshire ACF

16 August 2018

1 July saw Colonel Simon Banks-Cooper appointed the Honorary Colonel of Humberside & South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force.

Born in the Isle of Axholme in North Lincolnshire, Colonel Simon set his sights on a career in agriculture, studying at the Agricultural College at Bishop Burton, before joining 7 Royal Anglian (TA) in Lincoln 34 years ago, just in time to participate in Exercise Lionheart in Germany. He later moved to the York area, where he joined 2nd Bn Yorkshire Volunteers (TA).

His military career also saw him serve as a Platoon Commander with the 1st Bn Kings Own Royal Boarder Regiment in the early 1990s, before returning to Yorkshire to serve with the 3rd Battalion The Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire, as a Platoon Commander before becoming the Officer Commanding the Regimental Recruitment Training Team before retiring in 2000 as a Major.

Throughout his career in both the Regular Army & Army Reserves Colonel Simon has also seen service in Germany, Kenya as well as Northern Island. Alongside his military career, Colonel Simon retrained as a Chartered Management Accountant, serving six years on the Institutes Governing Council, in addition to this, he also sat on a number of committees including Professional Standards and International Development.

In his business life he has set up an accounting and corporate finance practice in Hull, which has expanded to having offices in both Leeds and London. Whilst still being heavily involved with the practices – he had also held various appointments at various public and private companies, including Chief Executive Officer and Chairman and seven years focusing on companies in the UK and overseas.

Today, Colonel Simon has several interests in and outside the capital as well as holding appointments as Non Executive Chairman and Director. He is an Ambassador for a Hull based Veterans Charity. He is married with three daughters and is living just a few miles outside of Beverley.

“It was an absolute honour to have been offered the opportunity, and I am privileged to have accepted this appointment with the Humberside and South Yorkshire ACF. I look forward with enthusiasm to representing the inspirational young cadets, and their adult instructors, within the County and watching their growth, achievements and their attainment of invaluable life skills, derived from the ethos and principals of the British Army, in their journey towards adulthood”.