Greg Smith (British Army officer)

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Greg Smith
Born (1956-05-18) 18 May 1956 (age 58)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1980 to 2013
Rank Major General
Service number 517219
Unit The Light Infantry
Commands held Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets)
Other work Businessman

Major General Gregory Stephen 'Greg' Smith, CB, QVRM, TD, DL (born 18 May 1956) is a British businessman and retired British Army officer. He served as an officer of the Territorial Army from 1980 to 2013 and became the most senior reservist of the British Armed Forces. He served as Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets) from 2010 to 2013.[1]

Early life[edit]

Smith was born on 18 May 1956 in Norwich, Norfolk, England. He is the son of James Lee Smith and his wife Geraldine Mary Smith.[2] He was educated at the independent Norwich School. He went on to study agricultural and food marketing at Newcastle University.[3] He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) in 1979.[4]

Career[edit]

Smith was Director of Taylor Nelson Sofres from 1992 to 2000[3] and Ipsos MORI from 2001 to 2009.[2] He founded Read Smith Consulting in 2010.[3] He was a Partner of Knighton White, a philanthropic and social responsibility advisory and management service. He was Chairman of Newcastle University Business School Advisory Board from 2009 to 2014. Since 2011, he has been a member of the university's Court.[5][6] He became Chief Executive of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association in 2012.[5]

Military service[edit]

Smith was commissioned into the Territorial unit of the The Light Infantry, the 5th Battalion, on 31 July 1983 as a second lieutenant (on probation). He was given the service number 517219.[7] His commission and rank were confirmed on 4 September 1984.[8] He was promoted to lieutenant on 31 July 1985,[9] and to captain on 1 May 1987.[10]

He transferred from the Light Infantry to the Royal Green Jackets as a captain on 15 April 1989 with seniority in that rank from 1 May 1987.[11] Already an acting major, he was promoted to major on 1 March 1991, with seniority from 16 October 1990.[12] He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 11 October 1996.[13] He was Commanding Officer of the 5th (Volunteer) Battalion, Royal Green Jackets.[2]

He was promoted to colonel on 1 September 1999.[14] He was promoted to brigadier, equivalent to a one-star general, on 30 March 2006.[15] He was then appointed Director of Army Reserves.[3] On 29 March 2010, he was promoted to major general (2-star general officer) with seniority from that date and was appointed Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets).[16] He left the appointment in March 2013 and was succeeded by John Crackett.[3]

Though retired from the military, he holds a number of honorary positions. In 2014, he became Honorary Colonel of Northumbrian Universities Officer Training Corps and Chairman of East Anglia Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Smith married Rebecca Elizabeth Read in 1982. Together they have two sons and one daughter.[2] He is a member of the Army and Navy Club and the Norfolk Club.[3]

Honours and decorations[edit]

Order of the Bath (ribbon).svg Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal Ribbon 100px.png

Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Efficiency Decoration (Territorial & Volunteer Reserve).png Volunteer Reserves Service Medal.png

Smith was awarded the Efficiency Decoration (TD) on 22 November 1994 in recognition of twelve years service as a Territorial Army officer.[17] He was awarded a clasp to his Efficiency Decoration on 4 December 2001 in recognition of a further six years service.[18] On 28 April 2009, he was awarded the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal, having served for ten years in the reserves following the establishment of the award in April 1999.[19] He was awarded the Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal (QVRM) in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours.[20] On 11 August 2009, he was awarded a clasp to his Volunteer Reserve Service Medal.[21] In the 2013 New Year Honours, he was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB).[22]

On 5 June 1998, he was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) by the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire.[23] He was appointed Aide de Camp (Territorial Army) to The Queen on 22 February 2002.[24] His tenure expired on 1 April 2004.[25] On 15 May 2009, he was appointed to the honorary position of Deputy Colonel of The Rifles.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Who We Are". The Pen and Sword Club. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "SMITH, Maj. Gen. Gregory Stephen". Who's Who 2012. A & C Black. November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "SMITH, Maj. Gen. Gregory Stephen". Who's Who 2013. A & C Black. November 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mr Greg Smith, QVRM TD DL". Newcastle University. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Mr Greg Smith, CB QVRM TD DL". Executive Office. Newcastle University. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "About Us". Knighton White. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49496. p. 12936. 3 October 1983. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49856. p. 12026. 3 September 1984. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 50279. p. 13869. 7 October 1985. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 50979. p. 8352. 29 June 1987. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 51942. p. 13425. 20 November 1989. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52575. p. 9330. 17 June 1991. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 54648. p. 479. 13 January 1997. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  14. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 55842. p. 5067. 9 May 2000. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  15. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57977. p. 6354. 9 May 2006. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  16. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59378. p. 5527. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  17. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 53854. p. 16317. 21 November 1994. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  18. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56506. p. 14266. 4 December 2001. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  19. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59047. pp. 7207–7208. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  20. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59090. p. 27. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  21. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59153. p. 13832. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  22. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 2. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
  23. ^ The London Gazette: no. 55147. p. 6225. 5 June 1998. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  24. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56524. p. 3963. 2 April 2002. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  25. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57278. p. 5513. 4 May 2004. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  26. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59083. p. 9786. 9 June 2009. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
Military offices
Preceded by
Simon Lalor
Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets)
2010–2013
Succeeded by
John Crackett