David Cranston

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David Alan Cranston
Born (1945-10-20) 20 October 1945 (age 72)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1966–1995
Rank Brigadier
Unit Royal Artillery
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)
Battles/wars Yugoslav Wars
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Other work Director General, National Association of Pension Funds

Brigadier David Alan Cranston, CBE (born 20 October 1945) is a retired senior British Army officer.[1] He was Director General of the National Association of Pension Funds from 2000-2001.[2]


David Cranston was educated at Strathallan School in Perthshire and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.[1]


Following graduation Cranston was promoted from officer cadet to 2nd lieutenant with The Royal Artillery on the 29 July 1966.[3] He was promoted to lieutenant on the 29 January 1968,[4] captain on the 29 July 1972,[5] and major on the 31 December 1977.[6] Cranston transferred from the Royal Artillery to the Army Air Corps on the 1 January 1979.[7]

In 1983 Cranston served as Chief of Staff at the headquarters of British Forces in Belize.[1] On the 30 June 1984 he was promoted to lieutenant colonel.[8] From 1984-1986 he was based at RMCS Shrivenham.[1] In 1986 he was appointed Commander of 4 Regiment, Air Army Corps and in 1988 Chief of Staff of the 2nd Infantry Division.[1] On the 31 December 1990 he was promoted to brigadier.[9] From 1990-1992 he was Commander of British Army Aviation in Germany.[1]

In 1992 he was appointed Deputy, Head of Mission of the European Union Monitoring Mission to the former Yugoslavia.[1] On the 12 June 1993 he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.[10] From 1994-1995 Cranston was Deputy Commander of the Multinational Airmobile Division based in Germany.[1] He retired from the Army on 14 May 1995.[11]

Executive appointments[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Cranston, David Alan. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2016 (November 2015 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.  closed access publication – behind paywall
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ "No. 44126". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 September 1966. pp. 10604–10605. 
  4. ^ "No. 44513". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 January 1968. p. 1181. 
  5. ^ "No. 45738". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 August 1972. pp. 9155–9156. 
  6. ^ "No. 47432". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 January 1978. p. 310. 
  7. ^ "No. 47745". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 January 1979. p. 656. 
  8. ^ "No. 49807". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 July 1984. p. 656. 
  9. ^ "No. 52427". The London Gazette (Supplement). 22 January 1991. p. 1043. 
  10. ^ "No. 53333". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 1993. p. 34. 
  11. ^ "No. 54035". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 May 1995. p. 6941. 
  12. ^ a b "People & Business". The Independent. 4 December 1997. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "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. 
  14. ^ "National Olympic Committee". Docstoc. 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "News-Great Britain". International Biathlon Union. 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2012.