Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
Jeff Montgomery has been appointed BPA Safety & Technical Officer to succeed John Hitchen, National Coach & Safety Officer, who has announced his retirement. It is planned for Jeff Montgomery formally to succeed John Hitchen on 1 October 2013. He will, however, participate in a transition period shadowing John Hitchen at various courses, meetings and events during the period between now and then.
There has emerged a need better to reflect the seniority of the longstanding job description of Tony Butler's post with the job title of that post. Therefore, Tony Butler's job title is changed from BPA Technical Officer to BPA Chief Operating Officer.
Jeff Montgomery joined the Army in 1991 and was introduced to sport parachuting in 1997 in Canada. He completed his AFF in 1998 in Empuriabrava, Spain, and started a full-time career as a sport parachutist having joined the Silver Stars Parachute Display Team later in 1998. He served with the Silver Stars for a period of more than four years, during which he obtained his Category System Instructor rating and was awarded BPA Instructor of the Year in 2000.
He joined the Royal Artillery Parachute Display Team in 2003 and gained further qualifications of Tandem Instructor and AFF instructor. He moved on to the military instructing circuit and to the Services Parachute Centre in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland, in 2005. He served there as full-time instructor for two years and gained his Advanced Instructor rating. In 2007 he moved to Cyprus and became a full-time instructor at the Combined Services Parachute Centre where he achieved his Instructor Examiner rating.
Having met his long-term girlfriend skydiving, they married in 2008 and returned to the UK to take a place at the Joint Services Parachute Centre Netheravon at the end of 2009. In 2011 he was appointed Centre Chief Instructor for the Silver Stars Parachute Centre, and he became a proud father in 2012.
Jeff said I look forward to this new and exciting opportunity to contribute to the mentoring and development of parachutists and future instructors. I should also like to pay my respects to John Hitchen who has made such a major and sustained contribution to our sport, and who will be a hard act to follow.
Updated 17 May 2012