Every year Worcester Civic Society arranges a guest speaker for the Mayor’s Lecture in support of their chosen charities as every Mayor of Worcester selects several charities they wish to support and help raise money for. Entry to the lecture is free and open to everyone, voluntary donations to the Mayor’s chosen charities would be most welcome.
This year’s guest speaker is Lieutenant Colonel Mark Jackson OBE who has extensive military knowledge and experience. During his lecture entitled “Your Regiment” Mark will talk about the Worcestershire Regiment, its forebears and successors, covering some notable episodes in its history and their impact. The talk will be illuminated by images of items and events and also show sites and parts of Worcester today that illustrate the relationship between the City and its Regiment from 1694 to the present day.
The lecture will take place in the Guildhall, Worcester City Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24th April 2018. Be sure to put the date in your diary so as not to miss this most interesting talk!
Mark Jackson grew up in Worcestershire and was educated at Rugby School where he gained an Army Scholarship prior to going to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as an Officer Cadet in 1969. In 1971 he was commissioned into the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, the successors to the Worcestershire Regiment in which his Father served. His regimental military career was dominated by tours of duty in Northern Ireland over three decades and the Cold War, which included tours in West Germany and guarding Rudolph Hess in Spandau prison in West Berlin, and a United Nations tour in Cyprus. Postings away from the Regiment included taking young people adventure training, an attachment to the Royal Marines training their young officers, working in a larger multinational NATO headquarters in the Netherlands, three years working in the Ministry of Defence in London, as well as working as a Liaison Officer to the United States military in Virginia. He was selected to attend the Army Staff College in 1984, gaining the equivalent to a military MBA, and commanded his Regiment in 1993-95 during which time he was awarded the OBE in the Operational Honours List.
Following a full career he left the Army in 2006 and took up the role of Chief Executive of St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester for the next 11 years of great growth. He maintains a very strong interest in the Voluntary Sector, is a Trustee of the Mercian Regiment Regimental Charity and is Chairman of Trustees of the Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire).
Once an active sportsman he represented Worcestershire at cricket at Under 15 level and Wiltshire at Over 50 level while playing for the Army and captaining the British Army of the Rhine. When injury curtailed his rugby playing career he took up refereeing for the next 17 years. Nowadays he enjoys being an armchair sportsman!
Married to Kathy, who is a nurse, they enjoy the developing careers of their three adult children. His BA reflects his interest in History and his MA was in Hospice Leadership. He is also a Fellow of the University of Worcester.
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