Simon Williams (Royal Navy officer)

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Simon Williams
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1978-
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held HMS Brecon
HMS Sheffield
HMS Cornwall
Awards Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

Rear Admiral Simon Paul Williams, CVO is a senior Royal Navy officer who has served as Defence Services Secretary since October 2012.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at Kingsbridge School,[1] the City University London and the Britannia Royal Naval College, Williams joined the Royal Navy in 1978.[2] After taking charge of the minesweeper HMS Brecon, he became Commanding Officer of the frigate HMS Sheffield in 2001 and of the frigate HMS Cornwall in 2005.[2] He became Director of Naval Personnel Strategy at the Ministry of Defence in 2008,[1] Commodore of the Britannia Royal Naval College in March 2011[2] and then Defence Services Secretary as well as Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Personnel) in October 2012.[3]


Military offices
Preceded by
David Murray
Defence Services Secretary
Succeeded by