James Everard

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James Everard
Born 1962
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1983 – present
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 20th Armoured Brigade (The Iron Fist)
3rd (UK) Division
Battles/wars War in Bosnia
War in Iraq
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Lieutenant General James Rupert Everard CBE (born 1962) is the current Commander Land Forces.


Educated at Uppingham School,[1] James Everard was commissioned into the 17th/21st Lancers in June 1983.[2] In 1995, as Chief of Staff, 4th Armoured Brigade, he was deployed to the United Nations Protection Force HQ, Sector South-West, and subsequently as part of the leading UK element of the NATO Implementation Force (IFOR) in Bosnia.[1] Then in 1999 he became Military Assistant to the Commander of the Kosovo Force (KFOR).[1] He became Commanding Officer of the Queen's Royal Lancers in September 2000 and deployed as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.[1]

In December 2005 he became Commander of 20th Armoured Brigade[3] in which capacity he was deployed to Basra in Iraq and built himself a reputation targeting corruption.[3] The brigade left Basra in November 2006[4] and relocated to Paderborn in Germany.[5] He was appointed Director Commitments at Land Command in 2007,[6] General Officer Commanding 3rd (UK) Division in 2009[7] and Assistant Chief of the General Staff in April 2011.[8] He went on to be Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Strategy and Operations) in March 2013[9] and became Commander Land Forces in September 2014.[10]

A strong advocate of diversity, Everard has served as Patron of the Army LGBT Forum since 2010.[11]

He was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in November 1996,[12] the OBE in April 2000,[13] the CBE in June 2005[14] and a second Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in July 2007 for his work commanding 20th Armoured Brigade during Operation Telic 8 in Iraq.[15]


He is married to Caroline and has three children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Blue Beret December 2000
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49385. p. 7891. 14 June 1983. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
  3. ^ a b Basra Commander targets corruption In the news, 8 May 2006
  4. ^ Did the Brits Lose Southern Iraq? Time Magazine, 22 February 2006
  5. ^ Royal British Legion Paderborn Branch
  6. ^ The Defence contribution to UK national security and resilience - Defence Committee House of Commons, 27 January 2009
  7. ^ Service Appointments The Times, 22 May 2009
  8. ^ Service Appointments The Times, 8 June 2011
  9. ^ Ministry of Defence and Tri-Service Senior Appointments
  10. ^ "New UK Commander, Land Forces announced". Defence Viewpoints. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Lt Gen J Everard. "Message from the Forum Patron". ArmyLGBT Forum. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  12. ^ The London Gazette: no. 54574. p. 14851. 8 November 1996. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 55819. p. 4252. 14 April 2000. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
  14. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57665. p. 5. 11 June 2005. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
  15. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58396. p. 10414. 19 July 2007. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
Military offices
Preceded by
Barney White-Spunner
General Officer Commanding the 3rd (UK) Mechanised Division
Succeeded by
John Lorimer
Preceded by
Richard Barrons
Assistant Chief of the General Staff
Succeeded by
David Cullen
Preceded by
Richard Barrons
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations)
Succeeded by
Gordon Messenger
Preceded by
Sir Nick Carter
Commander Land Forces
Succeeded by