Mac is a Major in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and has served on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Afghanistan and has most recently returned from a 2 year exchange post with the US Army.
Major Mac McCarthy was commissioned into the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in 1989 and had a brief spell in Germany before reading an in-service degree at the Royal Military College of Science. He then test rode for Norton Motorcycles as part of an industry attachment before serving with 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery in Topcliffe.
After Junior Division of Staff College, Mac moved to Germany for 7 years during which time he commanded 35 Engineer Regiment Workshop and deployed them to Bosnia, worked in the 1st UK Armoured Division Headquarters and with the ACE Rapid Reaction Corps. He then read a Masters degree back at the Defence Academy before commanding the Support Squadron at the Armoured Trials and Development Unit in Dorset.
Mac deployed to Afghanistan as part of the Regional Command South HQ Prism Cell, the commander’s think tank, before taking up position in a hybrid REME battalion as second in command. Two years as an exchange officer with a US Artillery Brigade followed where Mac was the Brigade Chief of Staff. Mac joined the Group in June 2014.