Colonel Mike Butterwick was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 1994. He served with his Regiment in a variety of appointments and saw operational service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Iraq. During his early service he instructed recruits who were starting their journey into the Army and also had the privilege of training officer cadets at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, Australia. Following this he attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course at Shrivenham. On the staff he has been the Chief of Staff of a Brigade and has worked in the Ministry of Defence first supporting the Chief of the General Staff and then as a strategist working in international defence policy with particular responsibilities for Saudi Arabia, Oman and Yemen. He commanded the Second Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers first in Germany and then Cyprus. He moved on promotion to be the UK’s International Fellow at the US Army War College and left as a Distinguished Graduate of the College. His thesis titled “Conflict Prevention: A Cautionary Tale” won the College’s Foundation Award and was published by the Faculty there. His last appointment was as Deputy Commander of 4th Infantry Brigade with responsibility for the Army’s interests in North East England. His particular focus was on developing engagement with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities in the region. He is now working back in the Ministry of Defence and is responsible for a team of strategists working on Defence’s International Policy.
He holds a Masters in History from Cambridge University, a Masters with Distinction in Defence Studies from Kings College, London and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. A passionate sportsman he still tries to play football, cricket and hockey whenever he can, although it may just be time to hang up his various boots! He is married to Sarah, an executive coach and has 2 children, Jack (13) and Amelie (9).