MPC Newport Raglan Barracks
104 Regiment Royal Artillery
Raglan Barracks
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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

Ray Morgan

Date Started at MPCT


Military Experience

 I served 34 years in the Army attaining the Warrant Officer Class1 (RSM). I trained and served in various operational theatres around the world and finished my Career as the WO1 Regional Recruiting Sergeant Major for Wales.

"As an Area Manager I love to see the transformation of the learners, as they develop and progress during their time on the course. Its good to see at the end of the course the learners are physically and mentally fit and they all have the right attitude and motivation to succeeded in their chosen careers. It also very gratifying to receive the comments and praise from the learners and their families as they develop and succeed in their chosen careers."

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Lead Training Instructor

Matthew Thacker

 Date Started at MPCT


Military Experience

Matt was in The 1 Royal Welsh for 9 Years, and reached the rank of Corporal and served in countries such as Afghanistan, Falklands, Cyprus, Kenya and India. His role was a section Commander and to lead his troops into battle.

"As a Lead Instructor I love to see the difference of the learners, from day 1 through to them progressing into the Armed forces or gaining employment in their chosen career paths. I also like the bond that you gain with your team and the friendliness of all the MPCT team."

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Training Instructor

Dan Renshaw


Military Experience

As part of the world’s elite forces I have operated in extreme environments including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2006/2007 where I was involved in conducting vital missions in the effort to bring security to the region and help to stabilise the country’s future. Upon leaving the Royal Marines to pursue other opportunities, I set up a successful Personal Training business delivering specific training sessions tailored to members’ individual abilities inspiring them to achieve their goals. I also love to travel and have been fortunate enough to explore and experience many countries and cultures around the world, Japan and China standing out as my most favourable. I have been employed by MPCT for over four years and am delighted to have recently joined the team here in Newport at Raglan Barracks.

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Training Instructor

Luke Harmer


Military Experience

Staff Harmer was in 59 Commando SQN RE for 5 years reaching the rank of Lance Corporal. Staff Harmer served operational tours of duty in Afghanistan and Norway. Staff Harmer was a section private and deputised as a section 2IC, specialising in explosive method of entry. Staff Harmer completed many arduous courses during his time in the military, such as Army Cold Weather Warfare course, RECCE Operators course, All Arms Commando Course & Regimental Cadre. Staff Harmer left the Army in 2010. On leaving the Army Staff Harmer attending college and university completing the BSc Sports Coaching degree. Staff Harmer has also completed strength and conditioning qualifications and worked with professional sports teams as a coach. Staff Harmer is very sports orientated and loves to play and watch football and rugby. Staff Harmer is a keen Olympic weightlifter and can be found in the gym if not at work or coaching.

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Skills Champion

Claire West

 Date Started at MPCT



I have been employed in education for over 6 years, working with young people who require additional support to learn. I am passionate about learning and believe that in the right environment and with the right support learners can achieve great things.

"Having spent the last 20 years in a military family, I am fully aware of the benefits that a military career can bring. Working at MPCT make me feels like being part of a military family once again.  Everyone is very helpful and we all look out for one another. The MPCT family includes the staff and learners, everyone is working together towards the same goals."