General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL
A soldier for forty years, General the Lord Dannatt concluded his military career as Chief of the General Staff (2006-2009); the professional head of the British Army.
Since retiring from active duty in 2009, he was Constable of the Tower of London until July 2016, and as such, in 2014, oversaw the iconic Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation, 888,246 ceramic poppies installed in the moat of the Tower of London.
In 2011, he became an independent member of the House of Lords. He is a frequent commentator on defence and security issues in the media.
He is the Chairman of the Royal Armouries and was the founder Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Durham Global Security Institute which focuses on conflict prevention through the integration of defence, diplomacy and development. He is also on a number of other boards in the private and charitable sectors, and holds several other appointments including President of Help for Heroes.
Lord Dannatt divides his time between London and his family home in Norfolk where he runs the family arable farm. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for both Greater London and Norfolk. He is married with four children, and eight grandsons. His wife, Philippa, was High Sheriff of Norfolk 2014-2015.
“Leading from the Front” (autobiography 2010)
“Boots on the Ground – Britain and her Army since 1945” (2016)
“The poppies at the Tower of London captured the start of the national WWI commemoration – There But Not There will be the abiding concluding image.”