20 January 2020
Lieutenant Colonel Simon Dean, OBE from Langton Green (near Tunbridge Wells) has recently been appointed as Deputy Commandant for the Kent Army Cadet Force (Kent ACF). Simon is married with two children and is also the founder and CEO of Challenger Troop CIC – a charitable organisation that providing youth engagement programmes and early intervention life skills programmes for vulnerable, disengaged young people between 6-24.
Simon has a long history with the ACF spanning back to 1975 when he joined as a cadet and progressed through the ranks where he achieved the position of senior county Cadet Sergeant Major. He became an Adult Instructor in 1981. During this time he also served as a regular soldier within the Queens’ Division but was medically discharged.
After two years as a Detachment Instructor, he went on to command six sub units within the region. Simon established and ran the National ACFA (Army Cadet Force Association) Outreach Programme in Kent for six years, outreaching to 100’s of vulnerable children in Kent and to encourage them to join the ACF. He was later appointed Officer Commanding of B Coy until moving to a Staff Officer post at county level, driving and delivering on the county recruitment priorities.
The role of the Deputy Commandant is to assist the Commandant with the administration of the County effectively, and safely, within budget. Other aspects of the role include recruitment, 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 Dean has been appointed as Deputy Commandant of Kent Army Cadet Force, 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 working with cadets and will bring a great deal of enthusiasm and common-sense to the team – a great asset for the county.”
Lt Colonel Dean, OBE said:
“I was a little apprehensive in applying for the is role as I was aware of the high level of responsibility that comes with the post, along with a significant level of day-to-day commitment in order to meet the varied and challenging requirements.
“I am very much looking forward to getting stuck in to my new role and wish to thank my Commandant for his support and 11 Brigade for their confidence in me, I will work hard to live up to their expectations”.