Trevor Philpott OBE (Patron)
"I joined the Royal Marines in November 1963 as a Junior Marine and was subsequently awarded a General List Commission in September 1965. During my career I served in numerous operational, training and staff appointments in the UK, mainland Europe, at sea and the Far East. In 1982 I graduated from the Royal Navy Staff College, Greenwich. During 1988 – 90 I was privileged to command Commando Training Wing being responsible for Royal Marine recruit training. I was made an OBE in the 1990 New Years Honour List. In 1991 I was appointed Second in Command of the Royal Marines Logistics Regiment and in 1993 attended the NATO Defence College in Rome, subsequently serving on the staff of CINC South in Naples Italy. I retired from the Corps in August 1997 and established C-FAR, a charitable training company rehabilitating young adult prolific male offenders in the South West of England. The project provided early motivation and support, 11-week residential programmes of personal development, academic, social and life skills training and 9 - month periods of intensive mentoring back in the community, with access into accommodation, further training or work. C-FAR gained considerable recognition both in the UK and abroad. It was intended that the model be replicated elsewhere; however, owing to difficulties with short-term cash--flow, on 1 April 2005 the charity went into voluntary liquidation. Since then, two colleagues and I have established a not for profit training company- Life Change Initiative. During 2008 – 2010 I was a member of the Centre for Social Justice Prison Reform Group. Following increasing evidence of the number of Veterans entering the Justice Syste, I have been working to develop and promote an alternative to custody and probation for Veteran offenders. The model (The Veterans Change Partnership) is based upon C-FAR and brings together over 30 public, private and VCS organisations in Devon and the wider South West, providing a blend of experience and skills in work with those in need of training and support."