Born in 1963 and educated at Cranleigh School, Colonel Barry Jenkins was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Artillery in Aug 84. In Feb 85 he joined 16th Air Defence Regiment RA in Kirton in Lindsey, Lincolnshire and completed a 3½ year tour as both a Troop Commander and Command Post Officer, including 5 months in the Falkland Islands.
In 88, he spent 6 months in HQ British Forces Belize and in 89 was posted to the Junior Leaders Regiment Royal Artillery in Bramcote. In 90 he was appointed as ADC to the Major General Royal Artillery in HQ 1(BR) Corps, West Germany and at the end of 90, joined 2nd Field Regiment on OP GRANBY as the Battery Operations Officer of a Close AD Battery.
From 91 to 93 he served with 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery in Hohne and Tidworth as a Forward Observation Officer, before joining RMAS as a Platoon Commander. He attended the Army Command and Staff Course at Camberley in 95 and was subsequently appointed to the Royal Naval College Greenwich teaching the Royal Naval Initial Staff Course.
From 97 to 99 he commanded 53 (Louisburg) Battery, 22nd Regiment RA (RAPIER FSB2) in Kirton, Lindsey, and was then posted back to RMAS as a company commander. Upon promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in 02, he was posted to HQ ARRC as the SO1 Air Defence/Air Space Management, during the HQ’s certification period as a NATO High Readiness Force Land HQ. In 04 he joined the Joint Doctrine and Concepts Centre as SO1 Fire Support/Peace Support Operations (Sub Saharan Africa).
He commanded 16th Regiment Royal Artillery from Feb 05 to Sep 07, introducing Phalanx C-RAM into Iraq, assuming GBAD duties for the Falkland Islands and moving the regiment from Woolwich to North Luffenham. He commanded the UK Leadership Training Team in Afghanistan for 6 months and then worked on NATO/EU Policy in the Department of Policy for International Organisations in MOD for a year, before being appointed the Regimental Colonel/Assistant Director Personnel of the Royal Artillery from April 09 until Jan 12. He was appointed as DCAMUS and Commandant RMSM in Jan 12.
Colonel Jenkins has two sons, Hugo and Monty. Apart from endless trips round the M25 his hobbies include cooking, politics, watching rugby matches and pretending to be a “really cool dad”. However, he surfs like a wardrobe.