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Gulf War vet and Grenadier Guard in new role at Spurgeons

Chris King, a former Army Bandmaster and first Gulf War veteran, has been appointed new Business Manager at Spurgeon’s College ...

Chris King, a former Army Bandmaster and veteran of the first Gulf War, has been appointed new Business Manager at Spurgeon’s College.

Aged 18 and in the Royal Artillery, Chris was posted to Saudi Arabia in 1991 during the first Gulf War. He recalls setting up a makeshift hospital in a bare room and peeling potatoes and washing up whilst coming under fire from Scud missiles.

His musical career began at the British Army Junior School of Music, where he trained as a military musician between 1987 and 1989. Following this he attended the one-year Pupil’s course at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, where he won the prestigious Frank Wright Cornet Competition among other prizes.

In 1990, Chris was posted to the Royal Artillery Band at Woolwich where he served for nine years before beginning the three-year Bandmaster’s Course, which he completed in August 2002, graduating with a first-class BMus degree. He subsequently joined the Minden Band of the Queen’s Division as Bandmaster, which he led on short tours of Pakistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Canada, Iraq and various European countries.

In 2008 Chris was promoted to Bandmaster of the Band of the Grenadier Guards before he left the Army in January 2012 to pursue a career in business and financial management. To that end he is currently studying towards an MBA with the Open University.

The Business Manager takes the lead and overall responsibility for all of the non-academic aspects of the day-to-day running of the College. These include IT; Health and Safety; catering and cleaning; building maintenance Human Resources; financial management and so on.

Chris commented: “I feel very privileged to hold the appointment of Business and Finance Manager at Spurgeon’s College and I am delighted to support both staff and students as they seek to develop and enrich God’s Kingdom. My family and I have been Baptists for some time and worship at Teddington Baptist Church under the leadership of Richard Littledale. It was Richard, a former student, who introduced me to the vacancy at the College.”

Dr Nigel Wright, Principal of Spurgeon’s College, commented: “We are delighted that Chris has joined us at this very important time in the history of the College. His undoubted leadership skills and wealth of managerial experience will prove especially helpful as Spurgeon’s gets to grips with a number of significant challenges over the next few years”.

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