11 September 2020
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Phillips, from Ashford has recently been appointed as Deputy Commandant for the Kent Army Cadet Force (Kent ACF). Richard is married with three daughters - two of which parade at our Ashford Detachment.
Richard is originally from the Isle of Man. After finishing university he joined the Army and attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) in 2000, and was commissioned into the Royal Military Police.
His early career was spent on operations in Iraq with 16 Air Assault Brigade and policing duties in Germany. He has also been deployed to Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Afghanistan.
After 18 years he retired and settled in Kent to be back nearer the beach and close to London where he now works in Cyber Security Management.
The role of the Deputy Commandant is to assist the Commandant with the running of the County effectively, and safely, within budget. Other aspects of the role include managing staff training and development, appointing suitably qualified adult instructors and officers and ensuring that an appropriate balance is maintained between military, adventurous and citizenship training.
Colonel Richard Long TD, Commandant Kent ACF said:
“I am delighted that Lieutenant Colonel Phillips has been appointed as Deputy Commandant of Kent ACF, he will work closely with me to ensure the smooth and safe running of all of our activities across the county at a senior management level.
He has years of relevant experience and will bring a great deal of enthusiasm and common-sense to the team – a great asset for the county.”
Lt Colonel Phillips said:
“I am delighted to take up this appointment and help Kent ACF change the lives of the young people and adults across the county.
Despite the current pandemic we are working hard to engage our cadets and staff and get back into face-face training and are looking for both cadets and adult volunteers across Kent.
When my daughters joined I volunteered to help and the more I saw and spoke to people the more I could see what a significant contribution the organisation has to the development of young people, providing skills for life, qualifications and confidence to take them forward into the world of work”.