Spike joined the Army in 1979 and since qualifying as an aircraft technician in 1982 he has promoted through the ranks until he was commissioned in 2001.
He has lived in many different parts of the world including Cyprus, Germany, and the Falkland Islands to name a few and has completed operational tours in Northern Ireland (for 5 years between 1985 to 1995), Iraq in 1991 and 2003, Afghanistan in 2006; he also completed a tour of duty with the United Nations.
In recognition of his achievements he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2014 and has been selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel.
He is currently serving with the Military Aircraft Accident Investigation Branch. A Gloucester boy he has a passion for rugby and has played at representative level for his Corps, the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and was capped 8 times for the Army Masters between 2003 and 2009 before injury forced him to hang his boots up and take on a coaching role. He was appointed on the Rugby for Heroes Committee in 2013.