Today, we turn our MLT spotlight on Brian Edwards, MPCT Deputy Chief Executive Officer.
A veteran of 10 years’ service with the Royal Regiment of Wales (now re-named The Royal Welsh), Brian served on military operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and served in many other theatres throughout the world. During his service he was selected to play rugby at the highest levels. He played for the Army and Combined Service’s team (while only 20) and whilst attached to MPCT as a Military Co-ordinator, went on to play semi-professionally for Caerphilly.
Coming into contact with the Learners during this period gave Brian the impetus to make a career in education and on leaving the Army he joined MPCT in 2004. This was initially for 2 years before leaving to return to university to study for a Masters Degree. He re-joined MPCT as Quality Director in 2009 and was appointed Senior Director in 2014. Confirmed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer for the organisation in 2019, he has made outstanding advancements in gaining recognition for MPCT Staff and Learners from education based professional organisations such as Ofsted, Estyn, Times Educational Supplement and other awarding bodies.
Brian has been an outstanding advocate of the MLT Charity throughout its existence and has been instrumental in weaving the aims and charter of the MLT into the MPCT Learner Journey. Not only has he been fully supportive of our events but ensured that the Learners consider the MLT as being “Their Charity.”
Still maintaining a high level of fitness from his rugby days, Brian has raised a huge amount of funds for the MLT. Of particular note is the sum of over £11,000 raised together with MPCT CEO Huw Lewis, whilst taking part in the Marathon Des Sables in the Sahara. This event in 2017, considered by many to be the world’s toughest footrace, was completed successfully and he enjoyed it so much, he registered for it again in 2020. Unfortunately this was delayed due to COVID but hopefully will take place in 2021. Again he will raise funds for the MLT!
Other MLT Fundraising events that Brian has participated in are The Black Mountain Cycle Event, Battle to Battle (Hastings to Arnhem) cycle ride and many others. He regularly financially supports other MPCT Learners and staff who are undertaking fundraising for our charity. Fully deserving of his place in the Fundraiser’s Spotlight – take a bow Brian Edwards.