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Major Mike Edwards OBE VR DL BA

Army Reservist, Author and Retired Journalist

A newspaper, radio & television journalist for 40 years, Mike Edwards was the nightly face of the Scottish News on STV for more than quarter of a century. He is an officer in the Army Reserve, having joined the Territorial Army in 1994, and as a Major in the Royal Highland Fusiliers, was mobilised to serve on operations in Iraq & Afghanistan.

Author of the novel ‘Friendly Fire’ and autobiography ‘The Road Home,’ he is currently working on new fiction & non-fiction projects.

When he retired from his media career to become a full-time carer for his mother Margaret- who had been diagnosed with dementia- he was appointed an ambassador for Alzheimer Scotland. Mike is passionate about helping people living with dementia and their families and works to support military Veterans as a caseworker for the armed forces charity SSAFA.

He is also a trustee of the Royal Highland Fusiliers charity, the Highlanders Regimental Museum at Fort George and sits on the board of Crimestoppers Scotland. He holds a BA degree in Sociology, a diploma in journalism and is a graduate of the British and Canadian Army staff colleges.

He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire.

Mike was named Reservist of the Year in 2022 at the Scottish Veterans' Awards.

He was also awarded the OBE for charitable and public service in the Queen's Platinum Jubilee birthday honours list in 2022.

Mike said: “When I was a journalist, I loved coming to Erskine to interview the residents and share their remarkable memories. I've been an Army Reserve Officer for nearly 30 years and I am passionate about Veterans' affairs. I hope that I can bring to the table my take on current military affairs as a serving reservist, an intimate knowledge of the impact of caring for loved ones, particularly those with a diagnosis of dementia, together with decades of experience in the mainstream media.”

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