Kent (Marine) Cadet Force

Staff and Instructors

Andrew Dorrell; (EDI Level 2 NVQ in Team Leadership, Diploma Business & Admin)

Commanding Officer

Anyone that joins the unit now has the greatest gift besieged upon them, that is try something they never thought was possible and to actually achieve it.

I am as passionate about this cadet unit and its individuals that attend, as I am about my football team, Leeds. I will endeavour to keep the ethics of the unit running for as long as I live but some people think that maybe forever.

Capt. Simon McCarthy


I first joined Kent (Marine) Cadet Force back in November 2001 at the age of 13 and passed my Green Beret in 2002. Having only ever wanting to be in the army but not being able to due to my diabetes I decided that cadets would be the next best thing, now I have been at KMCF for 12 years I can honestly say that it was the best decision of my teenage life and I would not change a thing as I would have missed out on all the laughs, friendships and experiences along my cadet and staff career.

Having reached QM is the biggest achievement I have made in my life as I could never have seen myself in this position back then even now I feel KMCF has pushed me to gain as much as I can out of life whenever I can.

Capt. Jamie Roberts

Training Officer/Green Beret Instructor

I joined the unit in 2008 after being medically discharged from the Army. I enjoy teaching the cadets many skills that will be absorbed into their minds that may help them adjust to the pressures of life. I also teach them karate which I am qualified to do so. Currently teaching the Green Beret section. Recently promoted to 2nd Lt and very happy!

Tina Roberts; (EDI Level 2 NVQ in Team Leadership)

Unit Admin and Welfare Officer

Currently the 'mum' of the unit assisting on the welfare of the lads and lasses. I am also the first point of contact with all new entry's and to assist with any queries parents may have.

Lt. Gary Ellesmore

Potential (Green) Beret Instructor

Gary has been with the unit now for just over a year. An ex serving soldier he specialises in Radios/Signals and Voice Procedure and has a vast knowledge regarding weapons. Gary is also a Motor Mechanic by trade and currently the unit MTO.

2nd Lt. Ashley Houghton


Returning to the unit after a break to focus on family, I am currently the QMSI at the unit and Instruct on an as and when basis. Having now reached my Commando status within the unit I am looking forward to the future.

We would like to welcome our newest Junior members of staff.

QMSI Jacob Boswell

Black Beret Instructor

Ex Cadet since the age of 10, has now been with the unit for 7 years.
Black Beret section instructor.

L/Cpl Connor Grace

Ex cadet training in Motor Mechanics

S/Sgt Finleigh Porter

Assistant Instructor with the Potential Section, Finleigh is an ex cadet who has made the transition to staff within the last year.

Sgt Davina Edwards

Assistant Instructor with the Black Beret Section, Davina is an ex cadet who has very recently become an addition to our staff.

Cpl Mitchel Saunders

Mitchel, also an ex cadet, has joined as a new staff member after having a break from cadets to focus on his personal life and work etc. Is now back with us in the role of Storeman, working under the QM.


No staff member of the unit has been commissioned by the Queen and therefore only hold their rank within the unit, on no account should they be mistaken for Her Majesty's Armed forces and only addressed as Mr or Mrs . The rank structure is to maintain the units discipline and Constitution.