Operations Director, Paddy Bleakley MBE

Operations & Engagement Director, Paddy Bleakley MBE

After a long military career, Paddy joined the AFF team in 2022 as the Operations Director.

Prior to being appointed, Paddy served for 38 years in the Regular Army. Joining the Army at 16, Paddy completed 22 years in the ranks prior to being commissioned in 2007 and finally retiring as a Lt Col in 2022.

Paddy has completed several tours over the years, including Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Cyprus, Iraq and Afghanistan.

As part of Paddy’s transition to civilian life, he completed a degree in Leadership and Management, completed the Charity Management course and also attended and passed the Director Development course.

Married and with two sons, his family has racked up 17 moves into various married quarters in the UK and Germany and certainly understands the good and bad of Service life.

Outside of AFF, Paddy has a love for all things outdoors – running, skiing, sailing and walking with his best mate, Louis the dog!

In 2020 Paddy was formally recognised and credited with delivering complex change programmes at strategic level and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Contact: T: 01264 554004 E: contact@aff.org.uk

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