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Director of Training & Education, Ministry of Defence.
Al Rymer was born in Southport, Lancashire, and was educated at King George V Grammar School. He joined the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineer Officer in January 1976.
He is a trustee of the Beacon Foundation in Gosport supporting learning opportunities and community projects for disadvantaged children and adults and is a Licentiate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Since promotion to Captain his key appointments have included: Board President at the Admiralty Interview Board; Chief Staff Officer (Engineering) within the FLEET command; and Director Naval Officer Appointments (Engineer). He was promoted to Commodore in December 2003 to be the Director in the Defence Logistics Organisation (now DE&S) responsible for surface ship refitting and in-service support through 5 Platform Integrated Project Teams with a combined budget of over £500m. The post carried membership of the Sub Navy Board Committee. He became Director of Navy Career Management in January 2006, seeing through to implementation a review and transformation of the Navy’s personnel processes and organisation. In October 2007, he assumed the appointment of Commandant of the Defence College of Electro-Mechanical Engineering and Commodore of HMS SULTAN. On promotion to Rear Admiral, he began his current appointment as Director Training and Education in April 2010.
Al Rymer graduated from the Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon in 1979. He served in a variety of junior engineering posts at sea and ashore, including HMS Leander, HMY Britannia, HMS SULTAN, HMS Active (as Marine Engineer Officer) and Squadron Marine Engineer Officer of the 4th Frigate Squadron.
Other posts have included 2 years as Assistant Defence Attaché in the British Embassy, Bonn and Appointing Officer for RN Engineer Commanders. He is a graduate of the RN Staff College and the Defence Strategic Leadership and Management programmes. He is a Vice-President of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.