Neil 'Taff' Davies
Neil Davies was thrown out of Secondary Modern School at 14, with a certificate stating this boy had left school with no qualifications. Neil joined the Parachute Regiment on his 17th birthday. By 19, he'd served on active service in the Middle East and North Africa. He left the army with physical injuries and PTSD and flitted aimlessly from country to country, continent to continent, and job to job; as a logger, steelworker, fishing boats, building worker, rank & file union organiser, outdoor pursuits instructor and lecturer. Neil broke into the film industry as a driver, worked his way up, doing all the jobs, and eventually became an award-winning Filmmaker. The best documentary of the Year award for "Raw Spice" - ITV and the huge success of the series; "Nights at the Empire" - Channel Four, "Inside RAF Brize Norton" - Sky One, "The Hunt" – BBC and feature film Dog City.
Actor: Ambassador and Public Speaker – served eight years with a Royal Artillery Gun Regiment; deployed on two active tours in Northern Ireland and three years of Ceremonial Public Duties with a Mounted Regiment. Took up acting and theatre therapy with support from the RSC and Shakespeare’s Globe after struggling with the transition from the military. Recent Credits include Work Foreman in Grantchester 5 Ep 6, ITV & PSB America; Fisher in Paai – The Matt Amazon Prime Movie; Flaps in Soldier On (SAA Production) The Other Palace Theatre, London; Malvolio in Twelfth Night (CVP Production) Leicester Square Theatre, London; Angelo in Comedy of Errors (CVP US Production) Shakespeare Lansburgh Theater, Washington, DC; Richard III in Richard III (CVP Production) Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon and Leicester Square Theatre, London. Wrote and performed at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in a Shakespeare Globe production to mark the centenary of Armistice Day; Produced the short film Service No Longer Required (SNLR) for Hats Off for Bootsie. Has appeared on television, radio, and in several national newspapers to raise awareness about mental health after leaving military service. Mostly found at The Poppy Factory as an Employment Coordinator, helping injured veterans return to work. Spotlight CV here: https://www.spotlight.com/6935-7839-5089
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Dai4Films Series Producer is a former Fire Fighter, who went on to lead the famous ‘Lost White City’ Raleigh International expedition in the unexplored rainforest of Honduras. Colin built a career as a professional photographer and Art Director with over 25 years of experience in the film, media & advertising industry. An experienced and talented series producer with a huge passion for human stories and documentary film, a diverse range of subjects from the British Military to Professional Boxing and Stand-up comedy.
Welcome to Jamie, Our new producer and media manager with vast experience producing music and video content. Jamie is a former Royal Dragoon Guard starting service in 1999 and ending in 2016, where he served in Iraq and had an experience 2nd to none. He started in Germany in 2001, where he built up and got established within a top media company, and then he became a DJ producer. We welcome Jamie to the brand and look forward to great success within our future projects and company.
Craig 'Mannie' McDIARMID
Craig McDiarmid retired from the British Army in 1997. He served for five years in 19 Field Regiment Royal Artillery as an OP and a further three years as a Specialist Arms Explosive Search Dog Handler with 3 Brigade Specialist Dog Unit in South Armagh, Northern Ireland. After leaving the Army, Craig got employed within the security sector in London and in 2000 moved to Scotland to continue this career path. In 2002, Craig took on the role as an Aid Worker for the Danish Demining Group (DDG) in Somaliland, where he was employed as a consultant to locate land mines using Mine Detection Dogs. A short while later, Craig went into full employment with DDG as a Technical Advisor and moved further up the ladder to Operations Manager, Programme Manager, Country Director for several humanitarian organisations such as Dan Church Aid (DCA) and Norwegians People’s Aid (NPA). Craig is currently working for NPA as an Operations Manager in East Africa. During nearly 20 years of humanitarian work, Craig got deployed to Somaliland, Puntland, Somalia, Lebanon, Angola, South Sudan, North Sudan, Vietnam and Turkey/Syria. Craig joined the On Parade team in August 2021.
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Neil Evans is a freelance filmmaker specialising in making bespoke cinematic promotional videos for companies, organisations and events. Neil believes that story is the most crucial element in video production. An engaging narrative creates videos people genuinely enjoy that stay with them long after watching. Neil has seven years of industry experience creating promo video content across the United Kingdom and Europe.