New HoU Appointed to MVS Rushden


After a very successful two years at the helm of MVS Rushden, our only in-land unit, Maurice Weight has now taken up his new duties as RVO Midlands and has handed over the unit to Andy Smith.

Andy is one of the founder members of the unit and is stepping up from his current second-in-command and training officer role.

In ‘Nelsonian terms’ Andy is what would have been called a ‘Landsman’, however he brings extensive experience, skills and knowledge to the unit as a retired Territorial Army officer (working with both the TA and Cadet Forces), a previous Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme Leader and as a member of the teaching profession since 1977.

For the past eleven years Andy has been a Senior Lecturer in Special and Inclusive Education at the University of Northampton and specializes in teacher professional development/training, school improvement, special educational needs and disability studies.

Andy has a particular interest in the history of the Royal Navy and has been known to dress up as a Bosun from HMS Mars (1805) in order to terrorize the front row of his audience with waving cutlass, boarding pike, musket and weevily ship’s biscuit during his illustrated ‘Trafalgar’ presentation.

MVS Rushden