Lt Col Karl Frankland RLC (Chairman)
Brig Gareth Collett CBE
Col Daniel Reyland late RLC
WO1 RSM Dan Piner RE
Sgt Kenny Scott RE
Cdr Alan Nekrews QGM RN
Brig Adam McRae MBE late RLC
Patron: Mark Lancaster, TD MP
Mark was born in 1970 and raised in Kimbolton near Huntingdon. He was educated at Kimbolton School and on leaving spent a gap year Commission in the Army based in Hong Kong with the Queens Gurkha Engineers. He then went on to read Business Studies at Buckingham University and completed an MBA at Exeter University, before returning to help run the family business, Kimbolton Fireworks.
During this period, Mark transferred his commission to the Territorial Army in 1990 and during 28 years’ military service has commanded a Royal Engineer Bomb Disposal Squadron and deployed on operational service to Kosovo, Bosnia and Afghanistan. Awarded the Territorial Decoration in 2002, Mark received his second-long service medal, the VRSM in 2012 and continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Engineers.
Mark’s political career started as a local councillor in Huntingdon before becoming the first pyrotechnician to be elected to the House of Commons in 2005. After holding posts as Opposition Whip, Shadow Minister in the Department for International Development and Lord Commissioner of the Her Majesty’s Treasury, Mark was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence Personnel and Veterans following the 2015 General Election.
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