Brigadier David Hargreaves
David joined the Royal Corps of Signals (supposedly for six months) on a Short Service Limited (‘Gap year’) Commission in 1977. He was granted a TA commission whilst at university and served as a Troop Commander in 36th (Eastern) Signal Regiment, for which he was awarded a commendation by the Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire. He converted to a Regular Commission in 1980.
During the 1980s he held a number of Regimental appointments in the UK and Germany, planning the introduction of Ptarmigan into service in 4th Armoured Division and implementing its introduction into 2nd Infantry Division. He attended Division 1 of the Army Command and Staff Course at Shrivenham and Camberley prior to undertaking a series of staff appointments in MoD Main Building. He commanded 19th Mechanised Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron, initially in Colchester, Catterick and Bosnia, 34th (Northern) Signal Regiment in Middlesbrough and Multi-National Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment, back in Bosnia.
He acted as Directing Staff of both the Advanced and the TA Command and Staff Courses in 2000/1, before serving as ACOS G6 in Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, DACOS G6 Capability Development in Headquarters Land Forces and Director Operations in the Defence Communications Services Agency. He was privileged to command both 1 Signal Brigade (briefly) and 2 Signal Brigade (for rather longer). His final tour of duty was as the Programme Director of the Saudi Arabian Communications Project Team, based in Riyadh. He retired from active service in February 2013.
In addition to his chairmanship of the Royal Signals Association, Brigadier Hargreaves is a Colonel Commandant of the Royal Corps of Signals, Honorary Colonel of 50th (Northern) Signal Squadron in Darlington, a case worker for the Royal British Legion and a Samaritans Listener. He assumed the chairmanship of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Yorkshire and The Humber in May 2014.
David assumed the Chairmanship of the RFCA in May 2014
Colonel (Retd) Jason Wright
Jason Wright comes to RFCA YH from the General Staff in London where, for the last three years, he has led on strategic-level engagement for the Army, working with Parliamentarians, Other Government Departments, academia and military think tanks, helping to guide the Army through the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015.
Appointed as a policy adviser to the last three CGS’ (Chief of the General Staff), he commissioned into The Green Howards in 1989, and has served in a wide variety of Joint and Army posts during 27 years of service.
In 2012-13 he commanded Northumbria Universities Officer Training Corps in Newcastle. Prior to that he worked in the Ministry of Defence where he was a member of the Army Strategy Team over the period of the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2010 and the subsequent design of Army 2020.
From 2006 to 2009 he was seconded to HM Treasury as the Defence Policy Adviser, charged with advising on all aspects of the additional costs of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, including Urgent Operational Requirement approvals. In 2005 he read for an MPhil in International Relations at Pembroke College, Cambridge. As a company commander in the Green Howards he commanded in the Armoured Infantry role and in Northern Ireland.
He completed the Advanced Command and Staff Course in 2001 and an MBA in 2000. In his early career he served in the Airmobile and Armoured Infantry roles in England and with the British Army of the Rhine in Germany, with operational tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo.
He has lived in North Yorkshire for the last 12 years and is excited at the opportunity to work with the Reserve Forces and Cadets of Yorkshire and The Humber.
Deputy Chief Exective
Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) J D Bleasdale
Jeremy Bleasdale served in the Army for 36 years as an Artilleryman and during that time served all over the world.
Within the UK this included two years with a TA unit, two years developing operational requirements and a year as an expert witness for a public inquiry.
He also spent a significant amount of time in Northern Ireland; worked as an exchange instructor with the United States forces in America; spent nine years with units in Germany; and was an Executive Officer at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. In addition to this, Lieutenant Colonel Bleasdale spent four years in Kuwait as a supporter and advisor to the Kuwait Armed Forces, and, whilst at NATO Headquarters, was part of the International Military Staff, as one of the staff officers responsible for current operations.
On leaving the Army in 2006, Jeremy took up the appointment of Deputy Chief Executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association in Yorkshire and The Humber. This role includes being the Chief of Staff for the Association, with a particular responsibility for cadet and youth matters and line management of the SaBRE, Communications and Administration outputs of the Association. He is also a qualified project manager.
Jeremy is a keen sailor, is a member of the Royal Artillery Yacht Club and enjoys country pursuits. He is married to Juliet, has two children and lives in North Yorkshire.