Defence Services Secretary
The Defence Services Secretary is the senior member of the Royal Household responsible for liaison between the Sovereign and the British Armed Forces. He is answerable to the Secretary of State for Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff for tri-service appointments, national ceremonial events and honours, decorations, awards and medals. Since 1992 the Defence Services Secretary has been double-hatted with a second Ministry of Defence role, generally that of Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel).
List of Defence Services Secretaries
Defence Services Secretaries have been:
- General Sir Rodney Moore, KCB KCVO CBE DSO 1964–1966
- Vice Admiral Sir Ian Hogg, KCVO CB DSC 1966–1967
- Air Vice-Marshal Sir Alan Boxer, KCVO CB DSO DFC 1967–1970
- Major General Sir Chandos Blair, KCVO OBE MC 1970–1972
- Rear Admiral Sir Ronald Forrest, KCVO 1972–1975
- Air Vice-Marshal Sir Brian Stanbridge, KCVO CBE AFC 1975–1979
- Rear Admiral Sir Leslie Townsend, KCVO CBE 1979–1982
- Major General Sir Michael Palmer, KCVO 1982–1985
- Air Vice-Marshal Sir Richard Peirse, KCVO CB 1985–1988
- Rear Admiral Sir David Allen, KCVO CBE 1988–1991
- Major General Brian Pennicott, CVO 1991–1994 (Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel and Reserves) from 1992)
- Air Vice-Marshal Peter Harding, CVO CB CBE AFC 1994–1998
- Rear Admiral Rodney Lees, CVO 1998–2001 (Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel and Reserves) as secondary post)
- Major General Christopher Elliot, CVO CBE 2001–2004 (Director General, Reserve Forces and Cadets as secondary post)
- Air Vice-Marshal David Pocock, CVO 2004–2005 (Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel and Reserves) as secondary post)
- Rear Admiral Peter Wilkinson, CVO 2005–2007 (Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel and Reserves) as secondary post)
- Major General Matthew Sykes, CVO 2007–2010
- Air Vice-Marshal the Honourable David Murray, CVO OBE 2010–2012
- Rear Admiral Simon Williams, CVO 2012–2015 (Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel and Reserves) as secondary post)
- Major-General Richard Nugee, CBE 2015–2016 (Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel and Reserves) as secondary post)
- Air Vice-Marshal Garry Tunnicliffe 2016–Present (Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Personnel Capability) as secondary post)
- The Queen and the Armed Services
- Veterans UK
- Central Top Level Budget Archived October 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- Ministry of Defence & Tri-service senior appointments Archived November 17, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
- Army appointment
- Daily Telegraph, 2016, "Air Appointments" The Daily Telegraph 21 July 2016
- "No. 61656". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 July 2016. p. 16088.