The Lord-Lieutenant has a role to play in supporting the military in London: regulars, reserves and cadets. To that end, he is President of the Greater London Reserve Forces’ and Cadets Association (GLRFCA): a non-political, not-for-profit organisation that supports the Volunteer Reserve Forces of the Navy, Army and Air Force, and the Cadets within Greater London. They provide an essential representative link between the military forces and the local community, raise awareness of the benefits and skills gained through part-time military service and assist with recruiting. They also maintain the Reserve Forces and Cadets estate.
Every year the Lord-Lieutenant appoints three Cadets from the Sea, Army and Air Cadets across the city to help him perform his duties.
These Cadets are selected in recognition of the outstanding example and devotion to duty they have displayed, as a Cadet and member of the Community. During the next 12 months they will assist the Lord-Lieutenant in his duties and will attend great occasions.
Able Cadet Alan Sounthararajah
Cadet Warrant Officer Darrell Kovac
Cadet Sgt Raees Mir
Leading Cadet Katherine Nowotarska
Edgware & Mill Hill Unit SCC
Leading Cadet Katherine Nowotarska joined Edgware and Mill Hill Sea Cadets in October 2013 as a Junior Sea Cadet and has embraced everything the corps has to offer. She has gained a variety of qualifications including First Aid, BTEC Level 1 in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship and more recently teaching qualifications such as Assistant Dinghy Instructor, BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue Test and Peer Educator, allowing her to develop her instructional skills and support the unit with the instruction of cadets. She has served as the Cadet representative on the unit management committee for the last three years, having been re-elected annually. In this role, she ensures that cadet’s views are fed back to the management team. She has been fundamental in increasing cadet led fundraising and community activities.
In 2018, she passed her Leading Cadet examination and has since exceeded what would be expected of a Leading Cadet.
Cadet Sergeant Junior Brito
74 Cadet Detachment ACF
Sgt Brito is a valued member of 74 Fusiliers, GLSE Sector ACF. Having joined the ACF in October 2015, he has worked tirelessly to achieve his 3* pass and the Rank of Sgt, receiving many other accolades and awards along the way. Sgt Brito diligently displays the Values & Standards of the ACF and is an ambassador for our motto ‘To Inspire To Achieve’. He is a consistently dependable role model, making a hugely positive impact. He remains eager to learn and improve, embracing every opportunity to broaden and hone his skills. Sgt Brito is hardworking, dedicated and a fantastic example to others. He is bright, articulate and determined. With an admirable entrepreneurial spirit, Sgt Brito is making impressive strides as a young leader, undoubtedly inspiring his peers. Outside of the ACF, Sgt Brito is creating an impressive CV and has many interests including playing viola in a professional orchestra.
Cadet Flight Sergeant Yasmin Sachdev
241 (Wanstead & Woodford) Squadron ATC
With 5 years if service at 241 (Wanstead & Woodford) Squadron, Cadet Flight Sergeant Yasmin Sachdev, has been a mainstay of one of the largest Air Cadet Squadrons in the UK. Her personal Air Cadet highlights include gaining the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, being awarded best cadet on her course on the national Air Cadet Leadership Course, achieving a Cadet 50 and Cadet 100, and completing the Cape Namibia 2018 expedition with London Wing. FS Sachdev plays a key role in the training, development and welfare of over 60 recruits on the squadron, and has successfully trained and led the squadron band for 2 years during which time it has won the London Wing annual competition. She has excelled in target rifle shooting and coaching junior cadets and has been flying on numerous occasions with the RAF.