Kieran Shingler

Personal Development Officer

“Whatever makes you uncomfortable is your biggest opportunity for growth” – Bryant H. McGill

I believe that all young people should have the opportunity to explore the depth of their capability and recognise their improvements for the future.  The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is an incredible opening for new recruits which allows them to have extraordinary experiences that instinctively develop their character.

I began my cadet career at 610 (City of Chester) Squadron as part of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC).  I stayed in the cadets for over 6 years until I timed-out at the age of 20.  During these years, I involved myself as much as I could within the squadron itself but also assisting within the wider community.  My passion was always very broad but encompassed all matters of aviation, physical activity and the outdoors.

The RAFAC has had a dramatic shift on my development and has taught me many core personal values that can be applied to all areas of work.  The beauty about the cadets is that it’s a fun and exciting journey, and the knowledge and skills you can learn is testament to the instruction that is available to these young people.

As part of my cadet journey, I volunteered my time at weekends to assist with gliding operations at 632 Volunteer Gliding Squadron.  I continued to become a staff member at the squadron and hold my passenger carrying qualification that allows me to take the cadets airborne and provide them with a unique gliding experience.  It is a privilege to involve the cadets with these activities and it is great to see how much they enjoy it.

At King’s, I want to be able to apply my experiences and knowledge with these students so that their journey is rewarding and valuable.  I am keen to see improvement in young people and I am passionate about their progression to achieve their ambitions.