|David Alan Cranston
|Born||20 October 1945|
|Years of service||1966–1995|
Army Air Corps
|Commands held||Commander, 4 Regiment, Army Air Corps (1986-1988)
Chief of Staff, 2nd Infantry Division(1988-1990)
Commander, British Army Aviation, Germany (1990-1992)
Deputy, Head of Mission, European Union Monitoring Mission to the former Yugoslavia (1992)
Deputy Commander, Multinational Airmobile Division, Germany (1994-1995)
|Awards||Commander of the Order of the British Empire|
|Other work||Director General, National Association of Pension Funds|
Following graduation Cranston was promoted from officer cadet to 2nd lieutenant with The Royal Artillery on the 29 July 1966. He was promoted to lieutenant on the 29 January 1968, captain on the 29 July 1972, and major on the 31 December 1977. Cranston transferred from the Royal Artillery to the Army Air Corps on the 1 January 1979.
In 1983 Cranston served as Chief of Staff at the headquarters of British Forces in Belize. On the 30 June 1984 he was promoted to lieutenant colonel. From 1984-1986 he was based at RMCS Shrivenham. In 1986 he was appointed Commander of 4 Regiment, Air Army Corps and in 1988 Chief of Staff of the 2nd Infantry Division. On the 31 December 1990 he was promoted to brigadier. From 1990-1992 he was Commander of British Army Aviation in Germany.
In 1992 he was appointed Deputy, Head of Mission of the European Union Monitoring Mission to the former Yugoslavia. On the 12 June 1993 he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. From 1994-1995 Cranston was Deputy Commander of the Multinational Airmobile Division based in Germany. He retired from the Army on 14 May 1995.
- Head of Member Relations, Personal Investment Authority, 1995-1997.
- Head of Group Compliance, The Royal Bank of Scotland, 1997-2000.
- Director General of the National Association of Pension Funds, 2000-2001.
- Non-Executive Director, Voller Energy Group Plc, 2005-2009.
- Non-Executive Director, Skandia UK, 2002-2008.
- Non-Executive Director, National Olympic Committee, 2001-2010.
- Member of the Executive Board, British Olympic Association, 2007-2010.
- Chairman, British Biathlon Union, 1996-2011.
- Cranston, David Alan. Who's Who 2016 (November 2015 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.
- "Cranston to depart as NAPF director-general". Financial Times. 14 December 2001. p. 24. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
The National Association of Pension Funds surprised the City yesterday with the announcement of the departure of David Cranston, its director-general, after just 18 months in the job. Mr Cranston said he wanted a change after a "intense and successful" period for both the NAPF and the pensions industry.
- The London Gazette: . 30 September 1966. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- The London Gazette: . 30 January 1968. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- The London Gazette: . 1 August 1972. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- The London Gazette: . 10 January 1978. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- The London Gazette: . 16 January 1979. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- The London Gazette: . 17 July 1984. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- The London Gazette: . 22 January 1991. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- The London Gazette: . 12 June 1993. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
- The London Gazette: . 16 May 1995. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- "People & Business". The Independent. 4 December 1997. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- "Ex-pilot lands in combat zone: Interview: David Cranston, director general, National Association of Pension Funds". The Guardian. 29 July 2000. p. 24. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
Cranston's shoes were barely under the director general's desk this month at the National Association of Pension Funds when the organisation - which represents fund managers in charge of pounds 450bn - issued its first warnings about the bonuses being handed out to Britain's corporate bosses.
- "National Olympic Committee". Docstoc. 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- "News-Great Britain". International Biathlon Union. 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
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