Mervyn Cowdrey

Commander Mervyn Cowdrey’s considerable professional skill set comes primarily from a 40-year career in the Royal Navy, highlights of which includes being Head of Personnel for all UK and affiliated military forces in Afghanistan with an oversight of the administrative support and duty of care of all UK forces during this time. He has a comprehensive knowledge of project management, personnel administration and end-to-end logistics. During his naval career, he was responsible for the development of maritime logistics strategy and policy. This included building processes for managing the interface between military forces and Non-Government Organisations. In his capacity as a Naval Subject Matter Expert, Mervyn has experience of major MOD-related projects.  He was directly responsible for the strategic management and planning of training for 4000 new entrants into the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and the Queen Alexandra Royal Naval Nursing Service.  During this time was personally responsible for £95m annual budget. He also represented the MOD as a member of the Home Office Project Team which developed the legislation that led to the 2006 Charities Act.

 In his spare time, Mervyn has been a Treasurer of St Jude's Church, a large Anglican Church as well as the Project Director for a major redevelopment of the building. He is currently Secretary to the PCC of St Peter’s Church, Minsterworth and a foundation governor at Minsterworth C of E Primary School. He retains his season ticket for Fratton Park, the home of Portsmouth Football Club.