Max Heron was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1975. His early tours included Germany, Northern Ireland, Civil Engineering at the Royal Military College of Science, Waterbeach and Adjutant of the Junior Leaders Regiment in Dover. Staff appointments included Military Operations (twice), 1 (BR) Corps, Southern District and Engineer Branch HQ UKLF. He commanded 1st Field Squadron in Germany and during the first Gulf War and 73 Engineer Regiment (V) in the air support role, based in Nottingham with six squadrons spread from Bradford to Jersey. Operational tours included Northern Ireland, the Gulf, SFOR in Sarajevo and KFOR in Pristina. His final appointment was Comd 29 (CS) Engr Bde and RE TA, developing the embryonic team into the ARRC multinational engineer brigade HQ as well as oversight for 6000 TA sappers.
On leaving the Corps in 2001, he was Director of UK Property and Facilities at Norwich Union/Aviva, with responsibility for a c5m sq ft office portfolio and all associated non-IT services. This involved a time of considerable change, integrating corporate acquisitions and the delivery of several major projects, including offices and datacentres. He became Operations Director of the central services company before leaving Aviva in mid-2008 to set up his own company, Ardeola Ltd. Since then, his clients have included both private and public sector, ranging from major engineering consultancies to local councils. He was Project Director for University Technical College Norfolk working with a local education group.
He is a partner in a change management consultancy, a non-executive director of Norfolk Educational Services Ltd, a member of the Broads Authority Navigation Committee and recently stepped down after 11 years as a Trustee of Whitlingham Boathouses Foundation, a rowing and canoeing charity that he founded to raise funds to develop a new community boathouse in Norwich.