Wisbech St Mary man takes over county cadet force

Lieutentant Colonel Mark Knight MBE as Commandant wef 31st January 2016, succeeding Col Steve Martin upon his retirement.
Lieutentant Colonel Mark Knight MBE as Commandant wef 31st January 2016, succeeding Col Steve Martin upon his retirement.
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A new man has taken charge of Cambridgeshire’s Army Cadet Force.

Lt Col Mark Knight MBE, of Wisbech St Mary, received the reins from retiring Col Steve Martin during an annual dinner at Wood Green Conference Centre.

He joined the cadet service as a teenager and later went on to become an adult instructor before gaining a commission.

Lt Col Knight said: “I am very proud and privileged to be commanding what I believe is the finest youth organisation in the county.”

He attended Wisbech’s Queen’s School for Boys before embarking on a business studies course at the Isle of Ely College in Wisbech.

After college he became an accountant, working first with a construction company and then spent 37 years in the local newspaper industry as Financial Controller for Johnson Publishing Limited. In 2013 he took the opportunity of early retirement.

His cadet service started as a 14-year-old at the Tydd St Giles ACF detachment and he has held numerous county appointments.

In 2007 he was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Cambridgeshire Army Cadet Force.

Lt Col Knight is married to Diane and has two grown-up children, Laura and James, along with a grandson, Archie.

He is vice-chairman of Wisbech St Mary Parish Council and his hobbies include photography, clay pigeon shooting and driving his ex-MoD 30-year-old Land Rover around with Candy, the family dog, alongside.