MPC Merthyr Tydfil
Lower Ground Floor
Ty Penderyn
25 High Street
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8DP
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Meet the staff

This isn't a boot camp, the Military college staff are here to help and support you through your course - take a look at who you will meet while you're on our course.
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Area Manager

Ian Shaw

Date Started at MPCT

 June 2012

Military Experience

 Joined the Armed Forces in 1980. Originally Royal Army Ordnance Corps, transferring to the RAPTC in 1985, Commissioned 2000.

Tours include: NI x 2- 2yr tours, Hong Kong, Falklands, Kenya, Germany, Balkans. Sport played during service: Rugby (Army), Swimming/Water polo (Army), Athletics, Basketball, Volleyball, Orienteering, Squash. Adventure Training: Sub Aqua Diving (BSAC Instructor), Rock Climbing (RLT) Hill Walking (ML(S) ), Skiing, Kayaking. Left the Army in 2006 to work in the UAE, at the Zayed Military Officer Training College, delivering Physical/Adventurous Training and Leadership. Returned to UK in 2012 to work for the MPCT.

"Being able to pass on knowledge, experience, advice and continually Coach, Mentor and Lead, both students and staff is very rewarding and satisfying to me, personally. Life is just a long journey."

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Lead Instructor

Jonathan Armitage

Date Started at MPCT


Military Experience

I served 5 years as a Paratrooper in the 1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment (Special Forces Support Group).  In this time I was fortunate to complete two tours of Afghanistan and numerous training exercises in many different countries.

"As an instructor, I love the challenge of instructing learners of all different levels from a variety of backgrounds. But what I like most is coaching learners, and watching them develop into professional soldiers. This is a very rewarding, and the best part of my job."

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Training Instructor

Christian Davies

Date Started at MPCT


Military Experience

I have served 7 years and 2 months with the Royal Electrical and mechanical Engineers (REME). In this time I was posted to 3 Battalion REME in Paderborn, Germany for 4 years and 6 months. In my time at 3 Battalion, I completed my Physical Training course (PTI) and also served 2 Tours in Afghanistan on OP Herrick 09, 11.

"As an instructor in the college I enjoy keeping the student as active as possible by getting them involved in energisers and for them to work in a team so it helps them bond with each other. Also it is very rewarding to see students leave the college with a progression into the military knowing that I have used my own experiences to help them better their lives at an early stage of their career."

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Skills Support Manager

Lisa Price

Date Started at MPCT

August 2011


 I have been in the training sector for the past 11 years and carried out a variety of roles, which have included delivering NVQ’s for Performing Manufacturing Operations, Business Administration, Customer Services and ITQ. I have managed a centre for 16-19 year olds and been responsible for the delivery of Numeracy and Literacy.

"As a Skills Support Manager and being the person responsible for the assessment of Numeracy and Literacy, I thrive on seeing young people reach their potential with Literacy and Numeracy skills. I see confidence grow, not just in an academic way, but also on a personal level.  It’s good to see MPCT students’ transform physically through the robust program that is delivered on a daily basis and mentally through the encouragement given by all the MPCT staff. Girls turn into young ladies, whilst boys turn into respectful young men. It also very rewarding to see young peoples’ attitudes change on a personal level, from one having low self-esteem, into one having the attitude that they can achieve almost anything, with hard work, commitment and dedication."