Welcome to our new Head of CISTC!

We are excited to introduce our new Head of CISTC, Paddy Baines MBE.

Paddy has joined the CISTC team following nearly 40 years in the British Army. Joining the Army at 16, Paddy progressed swiftly through the ranks.

Engrained with a passion for developing people, at 21, Paddy was selected to train 16-year-old junior leaders. This was then followed by a posting training junior commanders at the Infantry Battle School in Brecon. Another career highlight was training Mozambican soldiers in Zimbabwe in counter-insurgency warfare.

In 2006, he was awarded an MBE for his contribution to the welfare of soldiers and their families.

Head of CISTC

In the latter part of his career, Paddy spent two years as an instructor on a Master’s Level Command Course at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. Here he trained cohorts of Majors on a range of subjects including leadership and management, geopolitics and equipment development.

Most recently, Paddy was appointed Aldershot Garrison Commander where he was responsible for managing 5,000 soldiers. This role encompassed community engagement, hard and soft facilities management, security and welfare support.

The leadership and communication skills Paddy developed in the Army lend themself perfectly to his new role within the company. As Head of CISTC, Paddy will utilise his training skills and local community involvement to help us grow the business even further.

Paddy commented: “I have been made to feel very welcome since my arrival at CISTC. Having spent so long in the military it’s great to come to a company that demonstrates similar values, professionalism, high standards and a determination to get things done. CISTC is a great organisation with great people. We already have a fantastic reputation and my aim is to make it even better.”

John Whelan, Managing Director of CISTC also said: “I am delighted to welcome Paddy to CISTC. I do not doubt that his experience and connections will inject further growth into our training business. We are entering an exciting new time for training with our online learning provision growing and more construction courses being added to our offering. With the help of our excellent sales and training team, Paddy will steer the business into new areas and grow our client base.”


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