Charles Montgomery (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir Charles Montgomery

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Charles Montgomery in 2011
Director General of Border Force
In office
25 January 2013 – 25 June 2017
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Theresa May
Preceded byTony Smith
Succeeded byPaul Lincoln
Personal details
Born (1955-04-12) 12 April 1955 (age 66)
Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceRoyal Navy
Years of service1973–2013
RankVice Admiral
CommandsSecond Sea Lord
HMS Beaver
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Vice Admiral Sir Charles Percival Ross Montgomery KBE, ADC (born 12 April 1955) is a retired Royal Navy officer who served as Second Sea Lord from 2010 to 2012. He then served as Director General of the Border Force from 2013 to 2017.

Early life[edit]

Montgomery was born in 1955. He was educated at Uppingham School and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. He attended Sheffield University, graduating in 1976 with a degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.[1]

Military career[edit]

Montgomery joined the Royal Navy in 1973.[2] After spending his first three years of service at university, he went to sea and rose through the officer ranks to become Commander of HMS Beaver.[2] Later he became Training Director of the Naval Recruiting and Training Agency and then Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence.[2]

He went on to become Director of Naval Personnel Strategy in 2005, Naval Secretary in 2007[3] and Second Sea Lord in 2010.[2] He stepped down as Second Sea Lord on 10 October 2012.[4]

Later life[edit]

In uniform as Director General of the Border Force

On 25 January 2013 the Home Office announced that Montgomery had been appointed Director General of the Border Force. Montgomery joined Border Force as Director General in March 2013.[5] He wore the Border Force uniform with the rank insignia of Director General.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

In 1982, Montgomery married Adrienne Julie. Together they have four children: three sons and one daughter.[8]

Honours and decorations[edit]

Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) 2012[9]
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) 2006[10]
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012
Ribbon - Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal v3.png Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 2017

Montgomery was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2006 Birthday Honours[10] and Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours.[9]

Montgomery became an honorary Doctor of Engineering from the University of Sheffield (12 January 2012).[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Director General, Border Force: Sir Charles Montgomery". HM Government. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "Royal Navy Biography". Archived from the original on 15 August 2010.
  3. ^ Select Committee on Defence Fourteenth Report House of Commons, 30 July 2008.
  4. ^ Ups and outs July 2012 Defence Viewpoints
  5. ^ "Sir Charles Montgomery". Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  6. ^ Stamp, Gavin (12 March 2014). "BBC News – Checks 'still priority' after e-Borders 'terminated'". BBC News. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  7. ^ "New Director General of Border Force announced". Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Montgomery, Vice Adm. Sir Charles (Percival Ross), (born 12 April 1955), Director General, UK Border Force, Home Office, 2013–17". Who's Who 2020. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2019. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U245533. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  9. ^ a b "No. 60173". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2012. p. 4.
  10. ^ a b "No. 58014". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2006. p. 4.
  11. ^ Academics and graduates given honorary degrees and benefactor recognised University of Sheffield, 13 January 2012
Military offices
Preceded by
Richard Ibbotson
Naval Secretary
2007–2010
Succeeded by
David Steel
Preceded by
Sir Alan Massey
Second Sea Lord
2010–2012
Succeeded by
David Steel