ACF Commandant receives OBE at Buckingham Palace

19 December 2012

Colonel Paul Shepherd OBE TD MSc DCR(T) FHEA MCGI, Commandant of 1st (Northern Ireland) Battalion ACF, has been presented with the OBE that he was awarded in this summer's Queen's birthday honours.

Paul has held the post of Commandant since 2007. His award is in recognition of his outstanding leadership, which has helped the ACF to flourish in Northern Ireland in unique and challenging circumstances. He was previously an officer in the Territorial Army having first joined the Queen’s University Officer Training Corps (UOTC) in 1982. He has serviced as Battery Commander and Regimental 2IC in the Royal Artillery (Volunteers) before returning to command Queen’s UOTC in 2003. He has served as an assessor at the Army Officer Selection Board responsible for the selection of potential officers for training and education at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and attained a Leadership and Management award in 2007.

He is a member of the academic staff at the University of Ulster and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and is currently the Teaching and Learning Coordinator for the School of Health Sciences and the programme director for the BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology programme. He is pictured with his wife, Vivian, and their three children, Julia, Patrick and Harry who all attended an investiture at Buckingham Palace in December 2012.

Speaking of the honour, he said:

"I am very privileged to be the Cadet Commandant of the 1st (NI) Bn ACF and am eternally grateful for the opportunity to serve to lead. I feel particularly valued this year, as we celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, to be appointed an Ordinary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. I dedicate the award to everyone who volunteers to serve. It has been a privilege to serve in the Territorial Army and Army Cadet Force during the past thirty years and it would be remiss of me not to also thank my wife and family for their continued support".