Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Melvin Pears MBE, MSc late Irish Guards Chief Executive Officer Colonel Mel served as a soldier in the Coldstream Guards, rising through the ranks to RSM, New College, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS). Colonel Mel was commissioned in 1999 as a Coldstream Guards officer, transferred to the Irish Guards in 2002 and appointed the Irish Guards Regimental Quartermaster 2004-06. His Commissioned service concluded as Lieutenant Colonel, Commanding Officer of Personnel Recovery Unit (PRU) Catterick. He commanded/managed the PRU from concept/creation to fully operational from 2011-2014. Discharged in April 2014 following 39 very happy years’ service and awarded M.B.E in the Queens New year’s honours list 2014.