Dereck Hardman

Dereck J. Hardman

AFVBC Founder & Director Of AFVBC CIC

I signed up for the British Army in 1981 at the tender age of 17. I completed basic training with the Royal Military Police, before transferring to the Royal Engineers. I served with 4 Armoured Div in Germany, 5 Airborne Brigade in the UK, with several tours abroad.

I returned to my hometown of Hull in 1991 to raise a family, and graduated from Hull Uni in 2003.

I founded the first ‘Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club’ in Hull at ‘Pete Barker’s Motor Engineers’ in 2007 with Pete, where it remains to this day.

The network began to grow in 2014, and we’ve averaged more than 1 club per week since then.

I am very grateful to all those who have taken up the baton, and are making such a huge positive impact on so many veterans lives, which has inspired me to work very hard on them.

Thank you to all those involved.

Paul Johnson

Director Of AFVBC CIC & Governance.

I joined the RAF in 1991 as an assistant air traffic controller.

I went on ops in Bosnia and Iraq and supported the UK based operations of Op Ellamy(Libya). I left having completed 22 years service and now work for Deloitte as a software Test Consultant.

I am actively involved in the Deloitte military transition and talent programme In my spare time I am an admin for Barkers Breakfast club in Hull

Emlyn Parry

Web-Site, Contracts & Projects Manager

I joined the RAF straight after School and hung around, mainly out of curiosity, for 23 years before leaving as a fully qualified Aeronautical Engineer.

I’d been a pilot since 1982 and tried to pursue that Career as an Airline Pilot but after having flown in the RAF I really didn’t like the Airlines so I left.

I finally decided to use my BSc & MSc in IT and joined ICL then FUJITSU Services as a Senior IT Project Manager.

I retired very early from that and now do whatever I want and proud of it. In my spare time I look after the Watford & Hemel Branch. They’re a great bunch, Evelyn and I really look forward to meeting up with them every month.

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