Armed Forces: Officers

House of Lords written question – answered on 26th September 2014.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the serving officers at 4 star level; and what are their appointments and dates of appointment.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the serving officers at 3 star level; and what are their appointments and dates of appointment.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the highest-ranked women serving in each branch of HM Armed Forces; and what are their respective ranks.

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Information on 3 star and 4 star appointments and the highest ranking female officers in the Armed Forces are provided in the tables. While no women have yet reached 3 or 4 star the proportion of women in senior military posts is increasing and we are now seeing the best and brightest of our people recognised and promoted, irrespective of gender. We are working to address the under-representation of certain demographic groups, including women. The most tangible evidence of the progress that women have made in getting to the most senior ranks of the Armed Forces is the appointment in 2013 of Air Vice Marshals Elaine West and Sue Gray as the first female two-star officers in the RAF.

3 star officers
Name Substantive Rank Position Date of appointment
Alan Richards Vice Admiral Chief of Defence Intelligence 19/01/2012
Ian Corder Vice Admiral UK Military Representative to NATO 30/05/2013
Simon Lister Vice Admiral Chief of Materiel (Fleet) / Chief of Fleet Support 27/11/2013
Philip Jones Vice Admiral Fleet Commander and Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff 30/11/2012
David Steel Vice Admiral Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel and Training 10/10/2012
Peter Hudson Vice Admiral Commander Maritime Command, NATO 14/02/2013
Simon Mayall Lieutenant General Defence Senior Adviser for the Middle East 09/05/2011
Nicholas Carter Lieutenant General Commander Land Forces 12/11/2013
Gerald Berragan Lieutenant General Adjutant General 20/08/2012
Christopher Deverell Lieutenant General Chief of Materiel (Land) and Quarter Master General 10/07/2012
Philip Jones Lieutenant General Chief of Staff Supreme Allied Command Transformation 04/10/2013
Timothy Evans Lieutenant General Commander Allied Rapid Reaction Corps. 30/08/2013
Jonathan Page Lieutenant General Force Development and Training Command 17/02/2012
Andrew Gregory Lieutenant General Chief of Defence Personnel 04/04/2013
John Lorimer Lieutenant General Commander Urgent Operations, -Training and Mobilisation 28/08/2014
James Everard Lieutenant General Commander Land Forces 07/08/2014
Mark Poffley Lieutenant General Commander Force Development and Capability 28/02/2014
Gordon Messenger Lieutenant General Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Military Strategy and Operations) 07/07/2014
David Capewell Lieutenant General Chief of Joint Operations 01/12/2011
Edward Davis Lieutenant General Deputy Commander, NATO Land Command, Izmir 01/07/2014
Christopher Evans Air Marshal Surgeon General 22/12/2012
Simon Bollom Air Marshal Chief of Materiel (Air) and Chief Engineer (RAF) 01/10/2012
Graham Stacey Air Marshal Deputy Commander Joint Force Command  - Brunssum 15/01/2013
Christopher Harper Air Marshal Director General International Military Staff - NATO Brussels 24/07/2013
Richard Garwood Air Marshal Director General Military Aviation Authority. 01/05/2013
Stephen Hillier Air Marshal Deputy Chief  of Defence Staff (Military Capability) 11/01/2012
Gregory Bagwell Air Marshal Deputy Commander Operations Air Command 16/04/2013
Barry North Air Marshal Deputy Commander Capability Air Command 03/05/2013
4 star officers
Name Substantive Rank Position Date of appointment
Nicholas Houghton General Chief of Defence Staff 18/07/2013
Stuart Peach Air Chief Marshal Vice Chief of Defence Staff 10/05/2013
George Zambellas Admiral First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval staff 09/04/2013
Peter Wall General Chief of the General Staff 15/09/2010
Andrew Pulford Air Chief Marshal Chief of Air Staff 26/07/2013
Richard Barrons General Commander - Joint Forces Command 19/04/2013
Adrian Bradshaw General Deputy Supreme Allied Commander - Europe 28/03/2014
Richard Shirreff General Ex Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe - Pending Retirement N/A
Highest ranking female officers
Name Substantive Rank Position Date of appointment
Juliet Bartlett Brigadier Director - Operational Law 15/10/2013
Susan Ridge Brigadier Director -Legal Advisor 21/05/2012
Elaine West Air Vice Marshal Director of Projects and Programme Delivery 01/08/2013
Susan Gray Air Vice Marshal Director Combat Air and DE&S 29/01/2014

Note

: The highest ranking female officers in the Royal Navy are Captains (6) and Acting Captains (2). However, we do not disclose names of officers and civil servants below the rank of Commodore or Senior Civil Servant.

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