400 (Birkenhead) Squadron

Air Training Corps

The Staff

Flight Lieutenant Jim Browne RAFAC - Commanding Officer and Shooting Coach 

Like so many of the staff in the Corps, Jim joined the Unit as a Civilian Instructor when his son became a cadet. Three years later he decided to join the uniform ranks and was duly given the rank of Pilot Officer in 2006. A further promotion arrived in 2009 when he was given the rank of Flying Officer. He became the Commanding Officer of the Squadron in September 2012 and is following in the foot steps of his predecessors in making the Squadron a fun place to be! He was promoted to Flight Lieutenant in June 2013. 

Jim has a keen interest in shooting and has taken the Squadron onto winning the Wing Shooting Trophy on two occasions. He is deputy Wing shooting officer and helps run the Wing Activity Days held at Sealand ranges, where he also coaches clay pigeon shooting.  He is a qualified First Aid Instructor.

Flight Lieutenant Alan Booth RAFAC

Alan has returned to the Squadron having been the Wing Shooting Officer and retains a keen interest in shooting. As a former policeman and CO of the Squadron he brings a vast amount of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm back to the Squadron.

Pilot Officer Heather Roberts RAFAC - Adjutant

Heather was a cadet from 2003-2008 with 1123 Hooton Park Sqn, where she reached the rank of Cpl. In that time Heather gained her DofE qualifications, yellow lanyard, a BTEC in Aviation and visited many RAF stations. She returned as a CI with 1175 (Prenton) Sqn in 2013 and took over DofE and AT then went on to be the training officer. She received her commission in Sept 2015, and moved to 400 Sqn in October last year where she is now the adjutant and BTEC Officer. Since being back at cadets she has achieved her BELA (Basic Expedition Leadership Award) and is a qualified archery instructor. This year she hopes to achieve her climbing wall award and take a larger role with wing around AT. 

Warrant Officer Mark Perry RAFAC - Squadron 2 i/c - Discipline, Sports, Drill and Recruit Training Officer

Mark served 34 years in the Royal Air Force as a Warrant Officer leaving in 2009. Keen to pass on his experience as a former Physical Training and Parachute Instructor he decided to join the Corps that year. Following a short stint as a Civilian Instructor, he returned to uniform at his former rank. Mark co-ordinates recruit training, encourages cadets to participate in sporting activities and ensures good discipline at all times. He also mentors the cadet NCO's and is a qualified First Aid Instructor.

During the day Mark is actively involved with Veterans HQ, a charity focused on providing support for military veterans and their families on Merseyside and is also a caseworker for The Royal British Legion

Flight Sergeant Robert Evans-Jones RAFAC - Drill,Discipline and Shooting Coach

Rob joined the Squadron as a cadet in 2002 and rose to the position of Cadet Warrant Officer. Rob had to step down as a cadet on his 20th birthday in 2009, but remained as a Civilian Instructor. In 2011 he decided to return to uniform and was recently promoted to flight sergeant. Rob enjoys all outdoor pursuits and helps to train the cadets in shooting, map reading and navigation. He is also an NCO Mentor.

Civilian Instructor Luke Evans-Jones - Sqn IT & IC Shooting

Luke was a former cadet and like his brother reached the rank of CWO. After taking a short time out he re-joined us in 2011 as a CI. Luke is qualified in various shooting disciplines and takes part and runs all squadron shoots, he is also a qualified Shotgun Safety Officer and regularly attends the Wing Activity Days he also looks after the IT as well.He is also a qualified First Aid Instructor, and an NCO mentor.

Civilian Instructor (CI) Sean Hayes - Sqn Duke of Edinburgh & Adventure Training Officer

Sean is former cadet warrant officer with the Squadron and returned in 2012 as a CI. He has gained his BEL award and subsequently taken on the lead role for all D of E and adventure training activities.

Sean has also attended a field craft training course and is always looking to encourage cadets to expand their horizons by planning walks and camps. He is also a qualified First Aid Instructor, and an NCO mentor.

Civilian Instructor Ian Hird - Joint Training Officer

Ian spent several years in the RAF as an Engineer and was stationed at RAF Cottesmore, Brize Norton and Belize. Having joined the Squadron he brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge. He is assisting in Squadron sporting activities where his enthusiasm is infectious and has recently agreed to assist in the planning and training of cadets within the Squadron.

Civilian Instructor (CI) Allan Fitzpatrick - 2 i/c Recruit Training 

Allan is a serving police officer and brings diverse experience to the Squadron. He is a former cadet with 418 (Aberconwy) Sqn in 2 Welsh Wing and became a CI 2016. He is interested in all activities including shooting, Duke of Edinburgh and sports. 

Squadron Padre Ron Iverson

Ron is an invaluable member of the Squadron providing spiritual and emotional support to the cadets and staff. Together with his own inimitable sense of humour and inventive, creative thoughts, Ron never fails to inspire.