A NORTH-EAST shopping centre has recruited a former Household Cavalry member.

Cornmill Shopping Centre in Darlington has appointed David Flynn, 53, as facilities manager to oversee the services and systems in the mall.

Mr Flynn spent more than 30 years in the Armed Forces, most recently as a commissioned officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps, acquiring a range of skills transferrable to the role including training and development, human resources and health and safety.

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He joins the Cornmill’s management team in his first civilian role and will be responsible for a team of 22.

Hailing from Northamptonshire, Mr Flynn met his wife in Darlington when he was touring with the Household Cavalry’s mobile display team and has lived in the town for the past 18 years.

He said: “I’m thrilled to join the team at the Cornmill in what is my first civilian role since leaving the Armed Forces. While it is sure to be a challenge I’m already enjoying the work-life balance that comes with living and working in Darlington when I’m used to being on the move.

“The army has equipped me with many skills that I’m already putting to good use in the role such as appraisal management, staff welfare and training. My ethos is to continue to do the job well and to make improvements. I’m looking forward to continuing the good work of the current management team.”

Susan Young, centre manager at the Cornmill, said: “David has a wealth of managerial experience from his time in the Armed Forces and I’m delighted to welcome him to the team. I’m sure he’ll be a real asset, helping us to offer an even better environment for staff and customers alike.”