CCF Staff Profiles
Read about Downside School’s Combined Cadet Force staff through their profiles below. The CCF Staff deliver exceptional Cadet education for pupils in GCSE & Sixth Form.
Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Profiles
Lt Col Barrett
Contingent Commander - Worked with the Downside CCF since 1991. Was a cadet at King Edwards School, Bath and St Brendan’s College in Bristol. Regularly takes part in both Easter and Summer Camps. Neill became OC in September 2004, having previously been OIC Army Section for many years.
SSI – Enjoyed a 27-year career within the Army and Royal Navy. Joined Downside as the SSI in 2012. Former Royal Navy CCF Area Instructor. Runs shooting activities and is a qualified Mountain Leader, Canoe Coach, Sailing Instructor and Power Boat Instructor. He coordinates the 160-pupil DofE scheme and is Ten Tors team manager.
Lt Cdr Moody
Naval Section – She recently retired from the CCFA after 10 years as Honorary Secretary, whilst in this role she set up the Grants Award process that continues to benefit many cadets each year. Sue runs Leadership courses, having assisted with them since they were first set up 18 years ago; she also assists HQ CCF with policy writing, especially in areas connected to child protection and residential issues. Sue runs CCF RN residential courses every Easter and Summer Holiday
Army Section- Has worked at Downside since 2012. Lt Simper runs the Fifth Form programme and Silver DofE. His interests include: travel, hiking, skiing, running and country sports.
Army Section - Joined Downside in 2015 as Head of Classics. He is a qualified Mountain Leader, Cave Leader and Kayaker, is a former member of the Royal Marines Reserve. He was previously a teacher, Assistant House Master and CCF Contingent Commander at Ardingly College and before that taught at Sherborne School.
DofE and CCF Assistant - Joined Downside in 2016. She has represented the country at shooting, and is also a shooting coach at Frimley. Held the rank of RSM within Somerset ACF, and was appointed as one of the Lord’s Lieutenant Cadets. Also runs her own ACF detachment in Midsomer Norton.