RAF Northolt Visit (July 2016)

Corporal Matthew Ellson - Citation

The Central Band of the Royal Air Force Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers Prize-winner 2016

Corporal Ellson has demonstrated time and again that he possesses leadership and man-management qualities far above his rank.  His calm demeanour and ability to consider all factors of any given situation has ensured that he has provided comprehensive advice and guidance to both his immediate peers and to those both junior and senior in rank to him.  His willingness to address issues and to challenge individual's behaviour or thought processes to bring these into line with the expectation of Music Services and the Service, has repeatedly been appreciated by his chain of command.  His reliability and positive approach to any task is equally appreciated by his chain of command who view these characteristics as an example to all.

His management skills have been evident in numerous Deputy Band Sergeant tasks within which he has excelled despite the formidable challenges that have been raised by external stakeholders.  His ability to operate in a Tri-Service environment, both in the United Kingdom, Sovereign Base Areas and in host nation territory, has consistently been at a level expected at the rank of Flight Sergeant.  His recent management of the most difficult aspects of Central Band's tour of Cyprus was exemplary.  Tasked with the Band Sergeant duties for two trips into the North of the Island, his forethought, preparation, and communications to various stakeholders resulted in two successfully completed engagements despite the delays and logistical challenges that arose.  These engagements were critical due to the extremely high level of defence engagement strategy that was being delivered to United Nations and international defence personnel.  The British High Commissioner personally highlighted to Corporal Ellson's chain of command the importance of these events and his gratitude for their successful completion.

Corporal Ellson is absolutely trusted to take control of the band in the absence of the Flight Sergeant and Drum Major, a role that he handles with ease, and he will continue to serve as an excellent example to all of Music Services especially with his forthcoming promotion to the rank of Sergeant, with effect from 18th July 2016.