1406 Stamford Squadron

Welcome to
1406 Spalding Squadron
Royal Air Force Air Cadets

Parade Nights
Every Tuesday at 7.00pm - 9.45pm
Every Fridays at 7.00pm - 9.45pm


The staff with the squadron are all volunteers, even uniformed staff who undertake to become Royal Air Force Voluntary Reserve (Training) or VR(T), NCOs’ (Non-Commissioned Officers) and Commissioned Officers.

Uniformed Staff

Flt Lt Simon Rogers (Squadron Commanding Officer) Simon has only recently joined 1406; being with the cadets for 23 years, nine of these as a cadet at 2464 (Storrington ) Squadron reaching the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer. As a cadet he attended overseas camps to Cyprus and Gibraltar also a trip to Israel under the International Air Cadet Exchange scheme, he was awarded the Lord Lieutenant Cadet award and Silver Duke of Edinburgh.

Simon transferred into an adult staff role becoming a Warrant Officer at 45F (Worthing) Sqn where he stayed for four years before being promoted to the position of Wing Warrant Officer during which time he qualified as a Drill Instructor. Five years later he then had the opportunity to take over a failing squadron and became the Officer in Charge of 1440 (Shoreham) Squadron where he built it up in to a successful unit becoming the Region representatives for the Marshall Trophy (Most Improved Squadron) and Later Wing Representative for the Lee’s Trophy (Best Squadron in the ACO). In 2011 he took the Queens Commission and attended the Initial and Senior Officer courses at RAFC Cranwell. Qualifications gained while in the ATC are Level 3 Award in First Line Management and Preparing to Teach in Life Long Sector (PTLLS)

In 2012 Simon took on a secondary roles as the Sussex Wing First Aid Officer, Wing Field Weekend Project Officer and  since has run two UK Annual Camps at RAF Stations as Camp Commandant. Later the same year he took over 45F(Worthing) Squadron as Officer Commanding again troubleshooting and training new staff before transferring to 1406 (Spalding) Squadron. Simon is married with one child, and works as a Technical Support Manager for Applied Materials Semi-Conductor. Previously he trained with British Aerospace as an Aircraft Electrician on Sea Harriers.

Quote: “It’s hard work but made worth while when you see the smiling faces of the cadets when they have flown for the first time and the buzz when you realise how you have assisted young people in achieving things they never thought possible going onto to have successful careers in what ever they do.”

Plt Off Marc Fowler (2 i/c): Marc joined the corps in 2002, had a full cadet service with the squadron, achieving the rank Cdt Flight Sergeant. His other achievements were his Gold Duke of Edinburgh and Silver Gliding Wings (single solo). Marc recently returned to the Squadron as a Civilian Instructor leading the D of E Scheme, now having sat and passed  his “Officers Board” – he is now our Pilot Officer and Second in Command. 
 Sgt Beki Navarrete: Joined the corps and 1406 Sqn in November 2007 as a cadet, she progressed through her cadet career to achieve the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer, along the way taking part in many activity; her proudest achievement was that of achieving Wing Female Sports Cadet and her Gold Duke of Edinburgh. Now as an adult Sergeant, she has qualified as a Drill Instructor and focuses her time on developing the cadets in the areas of drill, first aid and management and organization. Outside of the organization she works full time as a Store Manager for Tesco’s and enjoys taking part in sport and going to the theatre.
 Sally Sneath:  (Padre) Sally has worked with youth organisations for over 25 years, she recently took over as the Squadron Padre. Normally you would find her caring for her flock in Spalding and has been with the church for over 6 years.She is a qualified children’s youth worker and is bringing a new and exciting point of view to the cadets.

She enjoys ‘Pets as Therapy’ and is an ardent attendee at Pilgrim Hospital with her PAT dog.


Civilian Staff

Mark Dormer – (Civilian Instructor): Mark served in the RAF (Aircraft Technician Airframes) in UK and Germany; as a civilian (Technician Trainer Supervisor) he trained RSAF (Royal Saudi Air Force) personnel prior, during and post the first Gulf War. Mark brings to the team over 34 years of experience working with young people of all abilities, ready to challenge and support the Cadets to achieve their goals. His main focus will be training the new recruits into First Class Cadets and helping with the Squadron stores.Quote: “I’m lucky to be joining the Squadron at this very exciting time, with many changes taking place and a real sense of family and history amongst the staff.”

Louise Rogers – (Civilian Instructor):  Fairly new to the Air Cadet Organisation Civilian Instructor Cox has had an interest in aviation from a young age with a family member previously in the armed forces. She is responsible for elements of the initial cadet training including airmanship principles and history of flight. A mother of two boys, Louise also has a passion for baking.
Rachel Kirk – (Civilian Instructor): Rachel joined Spalding squadron as a cadet in 2006, in her cadet career she covered various activities of our community and charity work, completing bronze Duke of Edinburgh and worked her way up the rank of Cadet Sergeant. On reaching the age limit of 18 she asked for an extension to stay on to 20 which was granted. Rachel left Spalding squadron and went to 272 Wisbech squadron to become an adult civilian Instructor, now 2 years later she’s transferred back to 1406 Spalding squadron.  She is charge of squadron stores
Sherral Stratton – (Civilian Instructor): Sherral started as a cadet 30 years ago at 4F Ilford squadron and worked her way through the Corps to the rank of Cadet Flight Sergeant, she moved from London to join Holbeach Squadron.  The after ageing out returned to the Corps as a Civilian Instructor. A short break to have a family she came back and joined Spalding Squadron again as a CI before going into uniform as an adult SNCO. Due to work commitments she went back to being a CI but continues to support the Squadron in an Admin role.

Quote: “The Corps has always been and will continue to be a huge part of my life, and my family’s life.”

Liz Dormer – (Civilian Instructor):Liz has only recently joined 1406 as a civilian instructor. She is currently undertaking training in order to become an accredited Duke of Edinburgh Leader.

Liz comes from a service family, her father was a medic in the Royal Air Force and her husband was an aircraft technician on air frames in the Royal Air Force.

Liz has worked with other youth groups in the past but is very keen to open up opportunities within the Squadron for cadets to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.

Quote: “I have always been keen to offer young people opportunities they may not otherwise achieve elsewhere giving them the chance to enhance their mental well being and to display on to their CV’s.”

Mike Nell– (Civilian Instructor): Sports Officer. Michael served 20 yrs in the Royal Artillery, principally as a Forward Observation Officer, with a tour as Company Commander with East Midlands Universities Officer Training Corps. He is an adventure sports enthusiast. Both he and his wife, Joanne, are experienced skydivers. He is a keen hill walker and enjoys some climbing, with expedition experience in Nepal and the Alps. He is particularly keen on orienteering, and fosters interest in the sport within the squadron and the wider Air Cadet Organization.
Jo Nell – (Civilian Instructor): Joanne has been a keen sportswoman from an early age. Keen on Athletics, she held an Australian junior long jump record at the age of 8. She has played Badminton at County level, competed in the Spalding sprint Triathlon and enjoys cycling and orienteering along with her husband Michael.With a career background as Event Organiser with the Royal Agricultural Society of England, Joanne has served on 1406 Sqn Civilian Committee from 2002 to 2015, with 11yrs as Treasurer, before becoming a Civilian Instructor to assist with Sports and Adventurous Training.
Jon Hilton – (Civilian Instructor): Jon has been with the squadron since Jan 2010. A former cadet of 455 Squadron (Morecambe and Heysham Squadron in Lancashire), he reached the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer and completed the RAF Flying Scholarship before joining the Royal Air Force, completing 12 years of service. Jon is the Squadron Adjutant and has the responsibilities for Squadron Press & Media Officer, including this web content, Squadron Health & Safety Officer, Squadron Fire Prevention Officer and Squadron BTEC Officer.