After completing 18 years of service in the RAF, Mike completed his last day as a serving officer on the 30th June and stepped straight into his new financial services role the following day. Mike, who lives in Hullavington has joined the local family run advisory firm as a trainee Financial Planner.
He is certainly not joining the team as a financial services sector novice though. He started his working life as a Customer Services Officer for Lloyds Bank in the late 1980's before joining the RAF in 1992. Then in preparation for his change in career Mike has spent the last 18 months gaining a wealth of financial services qualifications at a rate of one exam every two months. Mike's most recent success came last month when he passed the first of four exams required to become a Chartered Financial Planner. "I have been very lucky to have the support of the RAF during this period of transition," said Mike. "The help provided in the form of learning grants and study time has been invaluable in helping me kick start my new career."
Whilst in the RAF, Mike served as both an air traffic controller and operations officer, serving at several locations in the United Kingdom as well as overseas in the Falkland Islands, Qatar and most recently Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. However, he highlights his humanitarian tour to the war torn Democratic Republic of Congo in 2003 as his most memorable and rewarding challenge.
"I was part of a European Coalition, with responsibility for coordinating the mercy missions to the people of the Bunya which was one of the worst effected regions" said Mike. "We were using two Hercules aircraft deployed from RAF Lyneham, and we really felt we were making a difference for the local population."
Having completed three tours at RAF Lyneham, the last of which was as Chief of Staff of the Hercules Force Headquarters in May 2008, Mike and his family have decided to settle in the local area, as Mike embarks on his new career in Financial Services.
"We are delighted to have Mike on board," said Senior Partner Huw Jones. "He brings with him a wealth of experience gained during his service in the RAF and combined with his financial services knowledge he will be a great asset to the team."