Staff and NCO's at 2523
We have a mix of both uniformed and non-uniformed staff at 2523 enabling us to give a full experience of every activity the Air Cadets has to offer.
NCO's are cadets that have been promoted after proving leadership ability. Although still cadets, our NCO team are responsible for delivering some training and teaching cadets, especially in the early phases of cadet training.
FLT LT GAVIN TENNISON
Officer Commanding 2523
Flight Lieutenant Tennison has been an active member of the Air Training Corps for many years.
Gavin's responsibility on the squadron is executive management, and he is often reffered to as simply "The Boss".
After a successful career as an engineer in the RAF, Gavin then made good use of his transferable skills in the civilian world starting in private business aviation and now in the pharmaceutical industry.
A keen aviator, Gavin holds a private pilots license and enjoys flying as part of the private RAF Flying Club.
FG OFF BRADLEY WRIGHT
Flying Officer Wright returned to the squadron in 2016 having previously been a cadet on the squadron from 2003 to 2006.
Bradley's responsibilities on squadron are for cadet and staff development and ensuring the squadron has a full and varied programme of activities.
Bradley's career has been exclusively in the civilian world and includes both private business aviation publishing and chocolate manufacturing.
Also a keen aviator, holding a private pilots license, Bradley enjoys flying his PA28 from historic Duxford.
FG OFF DEBBIE KEENAN
Flying Officer Keenan became involved at 2523 as a parent of a cadet. Once bitten by the "cadet bug" Debbie gained her commission in 2019.
Debbie's responsibility on the squadron is largely the vital role of administration, but she does enjoy teaching when possible.
Managing teams of people in the biotechnology industry Debbie's keen eye for detail and precise management are the perfect qualities for a squadron adj.
Since joining the squadron Debbie has become a qualified assessor in first aid and leadership training.
CI PAUL ORTON
CI Orton is our outwards bounds expert, teaching not only D of E, but all expedition training from initial to advance.
Lowland and Highland Leader, mountain bike instructor and much more. When Paul isn't out and about with cadets he can be found trekking through the wilds of Scotland putting his adventure training skills to the test.
CI JULIAN CARUANA
CI Caruana has a wealth of teaching experience. Covering subjects from across both the classification syllabus and progressive training syllabus.
With a strong background in manufacturing and engineering, Julian is perfectly placed to offer expertise in even the most complex of subjects.
CI ROBERT RICHARDS
CI Richards teaches technical subjects with ease. With a background in military engineering and systems, teaching both practical and theory skills is second nature.
Keen to get his hands dirty, Rob is involved in all aspects of D of E including the running of expeditions and other adventurous activity.
CORPORAL (Junior NCO)
Corporal is the first NCO rank a cadet achieves. Corporals are responsible for the supervision and mentoring of cadets from their uniform through to all aspects of cadet training.
Corporals will have completed most aspects of the training syllabus and be able to coach younger cadets through.
Our Corporals are:
SERGEANT (Senior NCO)
Exemplary Corporals can be promoted to Sergeant. Sergeants are responsible for organising and mentoring the JNCO's, and improving their leadership, whilst also mentoring cadets. SNCO's are trusted by the squadron staff to assist in the planning and execution of the training programme.
Our Sergeants are:
CADET WARRANT OFFICER (Senior NCO)
Flight Sergeants that are 18+ and are aspiring staff members are elligible for promotion to Cadet Warrant Officer.
This is the highest rank a cadet can achieve and they are expected to have exemplary performance throughout their cadet career. Certain courses and training have to be completed.
This is the only rank that is wing appointed, and so a board with senior wing staff is required as part of the promotion process.
Our Cadet Warrant Officer is:
FLIGHT SERGEANT (Senior NCO)
Sergeants that show a high degree of leadership and maturity can be promoted to Flight Sergeant. Flight Sergeants are responsible for overall discipline on the squadron and assist staff in the smooth running of the squadron including admin. They will be responsible for mentoring and ongoing development for the Sergeants and Corporals.
As well as assisting the squadron Flight Sergeants are expected to deliver some training at sector and wing level too.
Our Flight Sergeants are: