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23rd July, 2002



To be Chief of the Defence Staff in April 2003 in succession to Admiral Sir Michael Boyce GCB OBE ADC:

General Sir Michael Walker GCB CMG CBE ADC Gen (Late R ANGLIAN), currently Chief of the General Staff.

To be Chief of the General Staff in February 2003 in succession to General Sir Michael Walker GCB CMG CBE ADC Gen:

General Sir Mike Jackson KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen (Late PARA), currently Commander-in-Chief Land Command.

To be Commander-in-Chief Land Command in the rank of General in January 2003 in succession to General Sir Mike Jackson KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen:

Lieutenant General Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman KCB CBE (Late RA), currently Adjutant General.

To be Adjutant General in January 2003 in succession to Lieutenant General Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman KCB CBE:

Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE (Late BW), currently General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland.

To be General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland in the rank of Lieutenant General in January 2003 in succession to Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE:

Major General PCC Trousdell CB (Late R IRISH), currently Commandant Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.


Biographies of the officers follow:


General Sir Michael Walker was born on 7 July 1944 in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia. He was educated partly in Rhodesia and partly in Yorkshire. On leaving school he taught at a preparatory school for 18 months before attending the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Royal Anglian Regiment in 1966 and served with the 1st Battalion as a platoon commander in Celle and Caterick. In 1969 he was posted to Cyprus as Aide-de-Camp to the General Officer Commanding Near East Land Forces. He returned to his battalion in 1971 and during the course of the next 5 years served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Tidworth variously as Operations Officer, Regimental Signals Officer and Adjutant. In 1975 he was posted to the Ministry of Defence as a Staff Officer.

He attended the Army Staff Course at Shrivenham and Camberley, returning to his battalion in Tidworth as a Company Commander. At the end of 1979 he was posted back to the MOD to the Directorate of Military Operations. On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel he was appointed Military Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff from 1982 to 1985. He then commanded his battalion in Londonderry and Gibraltar. He commanded 20th Armoured Brigade in Detmold from December 1987 and after three years in command was appointed Chief of Staff 1st (British) Corps in Bielefeld. General Walker assumed the appointment of General Officer Commanding North East District and Commander 2nd Infantry Division on 30 September 1991 and then General Officer Commanding Eastern District on 1 April 1992. In December 1992 he returned to the Ministry of Defence as Assistant Chief of the General Staff.

In December 1994, as Lieutenant General, he assumed command of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in Rheindahlen, Germany, and deployed with HQ ARRC to Bosnia Herzegovina from December 1995 to November 1996 to command the multinational land component of IFOR. Upon relinquishing command of the ARRC in February 1997, he was appointed Commander-in-Chief Land Command based at Wilton. General Sir Michael Walker became Chief of the General Staff on 17 April 2000.

General Sir Michael Walker is married to Victoria (Tor) and they have three children at university; a son and twins, a boy and a girl. His interests include sailing, shooting, tennis, skiing and golf.


General Sir Mike Jackson was born in 1944, and was educated at Stamford School, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Birmingham University. Commissioned from Sandhurst into the Intelligence Corps in December 1963, he studied for an in-service degree in Russian Studies from 1964 to 1967. After graduating, he spent 2 years on secondment to the Parachute Regiment and subsequently transferred from the Intelligence Corps in 1970. During the early 70s he served in Northern Ireland, and with the TA in Scotland.

He attended the Staff College in 1976, after which he spent 2 years as the Chief of Staff of the Berlin Infantry Brigade. He then commanded a parachute company for 2 years, once more in Northern Ireland.

After a 6 month course at the National Defence College at Latimer in 1981, he joined the Directing Staff at the Staff College. His two and a half year tour at Camberley included a 10 week attachment to the Ministry of Defence during the Falklands conflict.

He commanded 1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment from March 1984 to September 1986. Throughout his period of command the Battalion was part of the NATO Allied Command Europe Mobile Force (Land), a role which included 3 winters spent in Norway on arctic training.

For just over 2 years, until the end of 1988, he was the Senior Directing Staff (Army) at the Joint Service Defence College, Greenwich. Following the Higher Command and Staff Course at Camberley in early 1989, he then spent 6 months on a Service Fellowship at Cambridge writing a paper on the future of the British Army.

He moved back to Northern Ireland in late 1989 to command 39 Infantry Brigade for two and a half years. 1992 and 1993 were spent in the Ministry of Defence as Director General Personnel Services (Army. He commanded the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division from March 1994 to July 1996. In August 1995 he was selected to assume command of UNPROFOR in Bosnia at the end of that year; in the event, after the success of the Dayton talks, he spent the first half of 1996 in Bosnia commanding IFOR''s Multinational Division South West. He assumed the appointment of Commander ACE Rapid Reaction Corps in the rank of Lieutenant General in February 1997, following a brief assignment as Director General Development and Doctrine.

He deployed with ARRC HQ as Commander Kosovo Force to Macedonia in March 1999 and subsequently commanded Kosovo Force in Pristina from June to October 1999. He assumed the appointment of Commander in Chief Land Command on 1 March 2000.

General Sir Mike Jackson was awarded the MBE in 1979, the CBE in 1992, the CB in 1996, the KCB in 1998, the DSO in 1999 and ADC Gen in 2001. He is married to Sarah, and has 2 sons, a daughter and two grandchildren. His interests include music, reading, travel, skiing and tennis.


After education at Charterhouse and Cambridge, Granville-Chapman was commissioned into the Gunners in 1968 and served at regimental duty until 1973. A tour as an instructor at Sandhurst and a staff job in Military Operations in the Ministry of Defence preceded Staff College. Tours post Staff College included being Military Assistant to the Commander 1 (BR) Corps, command of an independent anti-tank battery in Germany, membership of the directing staff at the Staff College and command of a Horse Artillery regiment in Germany. As a Colonel, after attending the Higher Command and Staff Course, he became an Assistant Director in the Defence Policy Staff in the Ministry of Defence, having first, as CGS''s author, written the first version of the British Military Doctrine. Prior to attending RCDS he commanded an armoured brigade in Germany and afterwards was for a short while Director of Army Staff Duties. He became Assistant Chief of the General Staff in 1994 and in 1997 was appointed to create the new Joint Services Command and Staff College, closing the former single Service Staff Colleges and negotiating the permanent location for the new Staff College at Shrivenham in the process. He returned to the Army Board as Adjutant General in 2000. He was knighted in the New Year''s honours list in 2001.


Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin joined the Army in 1970 after graduating from St Andrew''s University. He was commissioned into The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment), becoming the third generation of his family to have served in that Regiment. After a number of regimental and training appointments he graduated from the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham and the Pakistan Army Staff College in Quetta. He was then appointed to the Operational Requirements staff as a General Staff Officer 2 (Weapons) in the MoD, responsible for infantry weapons. This was followed by command of a mechanised infantry company in West Germany and Northern Ireland. After a short spell as second in command of the 1st Battalion The Black Watch, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and appointed to the new Directorate of Command, Control and Communications Systems (Army), again in the MoD.

In 1985 he took command of 1st Battalion The Black Watch exactly 25 years after his father had taken up the same appointment. He led the Battalion on tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Edinburgh and West Berlin. This was followed by four years at The Army Staff College, Camberley, first as a member of the Directing Staff; then as a student and later Assistant Director, of the Higher Command and Staff Course. Promoted to brigadier he commanded 39 Infantry Brigade in Northern Ireland from 1992 to 1994.

After appointments as Director Land Warfare, responsible for the development and dissemination of Army doctrine, and as Project Director in the then Procurement Executive, he was appointed, as a major general, Commandant Royal Military College of Science. He became Military Secretary in April 1999, responsible for the management of the careers of all officers and soldiers in the Army. He moved to Northern Ireland as General Officer Commanding in December 2000, 31 years after his first deployment to the theatre as a second lieutenant. He is the first GOC to have commanded a platoon, company, battalion and brigade on operations in the Province.

Lieutenant General Irwin is Colonel Commandant the Scottish Division and Honorary Colonel of the Tayforth Universities Officer Training Corps. He is also a member of the Royal Company of Archers (Queen''s Bodyguard for Scotland), a member of the British Commission for Military History and President of the Army Angling Federation. He is married with three children and his home is in Scotland.

[As well as various more frivolous pieces, his published work includes: ''Metz, a Marshal and a Miscalculation: Or..How a Commander-in-Chief Misjudged his Centre of Gravity, Lost his Balance and Died a Ruined Man'', British Army Review, December 1991. ''Liddell Hart and the Indirect Approach to Strategy'', in Brian Holden Reid (ed), The Science of War, London, Routledge, 1993. ''The Levels of War, Operational Art and Planning'' SCSI Occasional Paper No 5, 1994. ''The Buffalo Thorn: the Nature of the Future Battlefield'', in Brian Holden Reid (ed) Military Power: Land Warfare in Theory and Practice, London, Cass, 1997. ''The Challenges for Technology in Future War'', Journal of Defence Science, July 2000.]


Major General Philip Trousdell was born on 13 August 1948 in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. He was educated at Berkhamstead and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Major General Trousdell was commissioned into The Royal Irish Rangers in August 1968 and served as a Junior Officer in the United Kingdom, Gibraltar, Libya, Bahrain, Oman and Northern Ireland. He held Battalion appointments as Signals Officer and Adjutant with the 2nd Battalion in Hemer, West Germany 1974-1977.

He was an Instructor at the Signals Wing Warminster before attending the Army Staff Course at Camberley in 1980, after which he became an Instructor at the Junior Staff College. He was a Company Commander in 2 R IRISH in Berlin and Dover before spending two years at the Ministry of Defence as the Military Assistant to the Assistant Chief of the General Staff. Following the Ministry of Defence he spent two years on the Directing Staff at Camberley before commanding the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Rangers in Osnabruck and Warminster from February 1989 until August 1991. He also graduated from the Higher Command and Staff Course in April 1991.

From August 1991 until January 1992 Major General Trousdell served in Northern Ireland before taking command of 48 Gurkha Infantry Brigade from January 1992 until November 1993.

He was Director of Public Relations (Army) at the Ministry of Defence from November 1993 until January 1997.

Major General Trousdell was Chief of Staff Land Command from 1997 until early 2000 when he became Commander Operations at HQ SFOR in Sarajevo. He took up his current appointment as Commandant Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in January 2001.

He was appointed CB in The Queen''s Birthday Honours List in June 2000.

Major General Trousdell is Colonel of The Royal Irish Regiment, Colonel of the Queen''s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment and Honorary Colonel Commandant Media Operations Group (Volunteers).

He is married to Sally and they have three children, Rosie, Arthur and Phoebe.

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