Lieutenant General Sir Simon Mayall KCB CB
Sir Simon is a retired British Army officer and a Middle East Advisor at the Ministry of Defence. He was commissioned into the 15th/19th The King’s Royal Hussars in 1979. From 1985 to 1988 he was seconded to the Sultan of Oman’s Land Forces. He was Operations Officer for 1st Armoured Division in the first Gulf War. He then completed a Defence Fellowship at St Anthony’s College, Oxford studying Turkish security policy. He was then appointed Commanding Officer of 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards in 1997 and was deployed to the British Army Training Unit Suffield and to Northern Ireland.
In 2001 he became Commander of 1st Mechanised Brigade which was subsequently deployed to Kosovo. He was the Deputy Commanding General of the Multi-National Corps – Iraq in 2006. In 2007, he was appointed Assistant Chief of the General Staff and became Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations) in 2009.
He was made Defence Senior Advisor Middle East at the Ministry of Defence in May 2011, a post he held until 2014.
He was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath in 2010 and Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2014 Birthday Honours. In 2015, Mayall retired from military service and joined Greenhill, an investment bank, as a senior advisor.