Key Personalities

Key Personalities of the Royal Bermuda Regiment


Birgitte, Duchess of GloucesterGCVO


The Colonel-in-Chief serves as Royal Patron and in fulfilling this role she makes occasional visits to the Regiment.  Since 2006, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester has been the Regiment's Colonel-in-Chief and presented our third set of Colours in 2010.  In 2015, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester visited the Royal Bermuda Regiment for its 50th Anniversary and the Bermuda Tattoo.

The Royal Bermuda Regiment’s first and longest serving Colonel-in-Chief was HRH The Princess Margaret, who visited the Regiment on numerous occasions, including on inception in 1965 and on our 25th anniversary in 1990. On both of these occasions Colours were presented.



His Excellency Mr. John Rankin, CMG 
Governor of Bermuda and Commander-in-Chief

The Regiment falls under the remit of His Excellency the Governor who serves as Commander-in-Chief. The Regiment operates under the Defence Act 1965 and the Commanding Officer is guided by the appointed members of the Defence Board. Delegated Authority to the Government of Bermuda rests with the Minister of Public Safety.  Since 2016, His Excellency the Governor of Bermuda has been Mr John Rankin, CVG.



Col C Eugene Raynor, OBE (Mil) 

Honorary Colonel

The Honorary Colonel is the honorary senior officer of the Royal Bermuda Regiment. The Honorary Colonel is responsible for maintaining the traditions and standards of the Regiment. He advises, and is consulted by, the Commanding Officer on all aspects relating to the well-being of the unit and its soldiers. The Honorary Colonel is traditionally a former Commanding Officer of the Regiment. The Honorary Colonel, observes training both locally and overseas assists official functions and parades. He promotes the identity of the Regiment and serves as its representatives in dealing with his counterparts and associations of our affiliate regiments. Since 1999 the Honorary Colonel of the Royal Bermuda Regiment has been Col C Eugene Raynor, OBE (Mil), ED. Col Raynor was Commanding Officer from 1980 to 1984.  He replaced Col Michael Darling, OBE (Mil) ED.

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Lt Col DFT Curley, ED
Commanding Officer (CO)

Lt Col Curley volunteered for military service in 1989, was promoted to Lance Corporal in 1991 and was commissioned after attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1993.   He then spent 7 years on Full-Time-Staff serving as Company Second-in-Command, Training Wing. He returned to part-time Regiment duties for 22 years of further service before rejoining FTS as Training Officer in 2015. He has served as Company Commander of A, Training Wing, Training and Support Companies. He has attended numerous overseas attachments but the most memorable one was a 4 month attachment with the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regt (the Vikings) for preparations and extensive training at NITAT UK for the West Belfast tour in Northern Ireland.  He was active on Operation BUCCANEER with the Jamaican Defence Force and in 2005 was Contingent Commander for Operation SPICE RELIEF in Grenada during the relief operation after Hurricane Emily. In 2009, he served as the Queen’s Royal Transport Officer for Her Majesty’s visit to Bermuda.  He has completed the Militia Command Staff Course in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and attended the Advance Command Staff Course at the Joint Command and Staff College, Shrivenham, UK.

Maj Benjamin Beasley

Second-in-Command (2IC) and Training Officer (TO)

Maj Beasley assumed appointment of Training Officer to the Bermuda Regiment in March 2016.  He previously served as Adjutant to the RBR from April 2011. He was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in February 2006, originally into the RAF Regiment, but re-branched as a Training Officer in 2007, taking post as OC Trg Dev Flt at RAF Leeming.  Following 4 months further professional training at Defence Centre of Training Support he was posted to RAF Leuchars as the Station’s Training and Development Officer.  Maj Beasley was instrumental in the training for Tornado F3 crew on Op Adana.  During his last year in the RAF he oversaw the development of training delivery for the stand up of 6 Sqn (Typhoons) and 58 Sqn RAF Regt.  Following Unit Press Officer training at DMOC he was appointed the Deputy Media Relations Officer for Air Officer Scotland & NI.  He has completed Junior Staff College at Shrivenham, has a BA in Military History and is an experienced rugby player.

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Maj Corey Smalley

Executive Officer (XO)

Corey Smalley commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst into the Royal Logistic Corps in 1999. He has served in a variety of appointments on the staff, including Executive Officer to Director Royal Logistic Corps, Career Manager at the Army Personnel Centre and Deputy Chief of Staff 160th Infantry Brigade. By contrast, his mettle has been tested during operational deployments to Mali, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Macedonia and Bosnia.

Prior to retiring from the British Army, Corey graduated from the École de Guerre in Paris before assuming command of the 3rd Close Support Logistic Regiment, which provided high readiness logistic solutions across the globe.  

After retiring from the British Army, Corey commissioned into the Royal Bermuda Regiment and is currently employed as the Executive Officer.

Corey spends much of his spare time continuing to perfect his French, and as an amateur oenologist he is able to mix business with pleasure. Other interests include food and travel, which he shares with his young, globetrotting family. He is married to Sara and they have two children, Florence (8) and Samuel (6).



Maj Warren Furbert, EM

Regiment Administrative Officer (RAO) and Paymaster

Major Furbert was conscripted in November 1979. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in 1980, Corporal later that year and Sergeant on 1 December 1981.  Shortly after joining the Full-Time-Staff in 1984 he was sent to the UK for 14 months on attachment to 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment.   In 1996, Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Furbert was promoted to Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant (RQMS) before then being promoted to Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) and assuming the appointment of Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM), a position he held until 2001 when he retired from the Regiment.  After a three-year sabbatical he was commissioned as a Captain and took post as Quartermaster (QM), a post he held for four years before transferring to become Paymaster.  Major Furbert served as Second-in-Command from June 2009 until December 2018.  He assumed the appoinment of RAO in November 2018.


Capt Paolo Odoli

Adjutant (Adjt)

Capt Odoli began his service in January 2009. Following successful completion of the Junior Non-Commissioned Officers Cadre he attended the Territorial Army Commissioning Course at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Bermuda Regiment on 2 Oct 2010. Capt Odoli attended the Platoon Tactics Course at the Infantry Battle School in Brecon, Wales in 2012. In 2014, Capt Odoli was attached for just under three months to 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and participated in Exercise Askari Storm as a Company Second in Command in Nanyuki, Kenya.  In 2015, Capt Odoli attended the Junior Officers Tactical Awareness Course at the Land Warfare Centre in Warminster, Wiltshire. He has previously served as a Platoon Commander in C Company, Operational Support Unit Commander, and Second in Command of B Company on exercise.  He served as Aide de Camp to His Excellency the Governor from Jan 2016 to Feb 2019.  Capt Odoli assumed the post of Adjutant on 1 April 2019.   In his spare time Capt Odoli enjoys travelling, physical training, and cultivating knowledge of fine wine; and he has an interest in the Spanish language and culture.


WO1 Jason Harrell, EM

Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM)

WO1 Harrell initially joined the RBR in January 1993 and served as a recruit instructor and in the Regimental Police (RP) before leaving in 1995 as a Cpl.  In 1997 he joined the British Army and served with the 2nd Bn Royal Anglian Regt.  He deployed to Cyprus and Northern Ireland, and attended exercises in Jordan and Norway.  After leaving the British Army in 2000 he resumed service with RBR initially as an RP before joining staff in 2001 Diplomatic Driver to the Governor.  Since then WO1 Harrell has served in every company and has been involved in planning and executing overseas training camps in Jamaica, USA, UK, and Canada.  He attached to the Jamaica Defence Force for three months in 2010 to assist in the running of an instructor’s course.  In addition to hurricane relief operations in Bermuda, he has deployed on Operation TURKS TEMPEST and most recently on Operation RUMAN, both to provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief to the Turks & Caicos Islands.  On 1 December 2018 he promoted to WO1 and assumed the appointment of RSM.  He spends his spare time with his young daughter, racing motocross, and jet skiing.

Maj Preston Gill

OC A Coy

Maj Gill assumed the appointment of OC A Coy in November 2018. He had previously served as OC Sp Coy, OC C Coy, and JNCO Cadre Comd for three years. He is primarily employed as police officer with the Bermuda Police Service. Prior to his service in Bermuda he served with the Canadian Armed Forces, completing his Officer Training in 1999. He has qualified as a Dismounted Company Commander (Regular Army), completed Officer Professional Education with Canadian Defence Academy and served with 2nd Battalion Canadian Light Infantry (Regular) Queens Own Rifles, Royal Regiment and the Lincoln and Welland Regiment. He completed deployments to Bosnia/Croatia as a member of NATO Peacekeeping Mission and to Ukraine as member of NATO Military Training Assistance team (work up training for Iraq for Ukrainian, Polish and Lithuanian Forces). He has served as a Reserve Force Platoon Commander and Company 2IC. Served as Range G3 Collective/Individual Training 4th Canadian Division (LFCA/JTF HQs). He holds BA in Political Science from the University of Manitoba.

Maj Dwight Robinson, EM

OC B Coy and Director of Music (DOM)

Maj Robinson volunteered as a junior musician before finishing high school.  He studied Music Education at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga. and attended the Bandmaster Course at the RMSM—Kneller Hall.  He received his Warrant in 2002 and was commissioned in 2006.  He is a principal member of the Government’s Ceremonials Committee and has been co-producer for the highly-successful Bermuda Tattoos.  Maj. Robinson instructs in many areas and can be called upon to assist with hurricane recovery/disaster management.  He has been on operations locally as well as to Bosnia-Herzegovina (Op Jebel Sonata--2003) and to the Grand Cayman (Op Cayman Comeback--2004).  A licensed helicopter pilot, Maj. Robinson keeps busy.  He is a trustee and the principal conductor for the Bermuda Youth Orchestra, has played in a number of local stage productions, is co-lead for the battalion’s SCUBA task force, a boatsman, and is a board member for several local organizations.  He enjoys travel and reading as time permits.

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A/Maj Kenneth Wainwright 

Quartermaster (QM) 

A/Maj Wainwright enlisted in 1995 and has held a variety of appointments including 2IC Motor Transport, Quartermaster Admin SNCO, and Pay Section Warrant Officer prior to joining the Full-Time-Staff as Quartermaster in June 2014.  In his civilian career has held positions including Country Manager for American Airlines Bermuda, Front Office Manager and then Resort Manager of Wyndham Resort and Spa, and Guest Service Manager at Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel. He has been involved in several boards, chairing the Board of Airlines (4 years), Bermuda College Board (member for Hospitality for 2 years), ATEMPO (currently Vice President), Showtime United Drumline (currently Managing Director), Bermuda Chamber of Commerce Tourism Board (2 years), and Royal Artillery Assoc. (currently Treasurer).  In his spare time he enjoys travel, movies, and spending time with his wife and two sons.


Lt Alexander Gibbs

Aide de Camp to His Excellency the Governor (ADC)