Welcome to Colonel Chris Edwards OBE TD FIFST VR

Posted on 10th October, 2023

The Friends Trustees welcomed the appointment of Colonel Chris Edwards OBE TD FIFST VR who takes up the role of Commandant of Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force as from September 2023.

Colonel Chris Edwards OBE TD FIFST joined the Royal Corps of Signals in the Territorial Army in 1985 and was Commissioned from Sandhurst the following year. His distinguished Territorial Army/Army Reserve career includes numerous deployments in senior Command roles and he experienced active service in Bosnia. He became an Officer of the British Empire in 2007 and has specific skills in delivering capability in barracks and the field Communication and IT systems. His 40-year civilian career has been spent in the food manufacturing industry. He was a senior leader in a Further Education establishment where, amongst other things he was responsible for the building of a new £5M manufacturing plant. He currently holds a senior executive position in a multi-national food manufacturing company.

One of the first actions of Col Edwards was to reach out to the Friends to learn more about what we do and how we do it. The Trustees are delighted that he intends to fully support the Friends Trust during his tenure and we look forward to working closely over the coming months and years.