Mike Beardall joined the Royal Navy in 1982 and served predominantly in Type 42s and the MoD.
He was the last CO of the Type 42 Destroyer HMS CARDIFF and, as a Captain, the last UK CTG Iraqi Maritime. He became a Media Communications and Engagement specialist serving in NCHQ and the MoD. Since leaving the RN in 2019 he has specialised in Media and Comms and is currently a Director of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Digital Editor of the Naval Review. A cricket nut, he is also Chairman of the Broadhalfpenny Down Preservation Trust.