ACF National Adviser for Adventurous Training

Lieutenant Colonel Cath Davies was commissioned in 1983 and served with City of Edinburgh UOTC as a Recruit Platoon Commander and Infantry Company officer, before deploying on Oper-ation Raleigh, a round the world expedition for young people, using scientific exploration, communi-ty service and adventure to assist in their personal and leadership development.

Lt Col Davies then returned to CEUOTC in 1989 and served as Training Officer, responsible for Infantry and Adventurous Training and preparing Officer Cadets for the Military Training Qualification. In 1992, she took over as Training Major when the Regular incumbent took redundancy. During this period, she became the first female officer to attend and pass the Field Firing Qualification and the Combined Arms Tactics Course.

In 1994, she took up a full time appointment as SO2 G3 TA in HQ 52 (Lowland) Brigade, a hitherto regular HQ, responsible for the management of the newly disaggregated Man Training Day budget and advising on all TA matters. At the end of this tour, she deployed to Bosnia with 20 Armd Bde and worked in HQ MND(SW) as variously SO3 G3 Ops/Projects, SO3 G3 Ops and SO2 G3 Plans.

On her return, Lt Col Davies took command of the TA Royal Scots Company, part of the Lowland Volunteers, becoming the first female to command an infantry company in the British Army. During her tour, she was seconded to 52 (L) Bde during the week to assist with the SDR review and drawdown, for which she received the award of MBE. On completion of her company command, she was asked to serve on at 52 (L) Bde on FTRS as Chief G2/G3, including covering for the gapped COS appointment for 4 months. In 2002, the Brigade became a Regular Infantry Brigade and was given the responsibility for Cold Weather and Mountain Warfare. Lt Col Davies, an experienced and qualified mountaineer, took the appointment of SO2 G3 Training (Mountain) and developed new Army qualifications for MW Instructors and MW Soldiers, running two courses for each in the Scottish Highlands.

During this period, Lt Col Davies also used her linguistic skills on liaison visits to French, Spanish and German Alpine Brigades and as the Div LO during the planning for and participation in a French Divisional exercise in which 52 Infantry Bde participated as LOCON. Her enjoyment of the Liaison Officer role led her to join the Watchkeepers’ and Liaison Officers’ Pool at CVHQ RA on completion of her FTRS tour in 2005. She was promoted Lieutenant Colonel in December 2008, assuming the appointment of SO1 (V) Formation assigned to support 19 Light Brigade.

Cath works as a leadership consultant, currently developing and delivering Senior Leadership Courses for the charity Staff College: Leadership in Healthcare, working with NHS Trusts and other healthcare organisations. She qualified as a psychotherapist in 2014 in a school of psychotherapy called Human Givens. Her particular interest in this approach is it includes a technique that actually deals with the causes of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, rather than teaching people coping methods to mask their distress. She has a private practice in Edinburgh.

She became an Honorary Vice President of the Army Mountaineering Association in 2012 (on relinquishing her appointment as Chairman), which with 2500 members is the biggest climbing club in Britain. She has lead or instructed on over 40 service and civilian expeditions all over the world, including the Himalayas, the Andes, the Rockies, the Alps and Greenland.

In 2017 she was selected as ACF National Adviser for Adventurous Training, responsible for providing advice on all AT matters to Brigades and Detachments and AT policy advice to Cadets Branch at Regional Command

Her other interests are languages and travelling.