Page in 2007
25 February 1959|
Norwich, Norfolk, England
|Years of service||1981–2014|
Director Special Forces (2009–12)|
6th Division (2008–09)
War in Afghanistan
Companion of the Order of the Bath|
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Mentioned in Despatches
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Page commissioned into the Parachute Regiment in 1981. In 1989, he commanded an armoured squadron of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and deployed to the Middle East for Operation Granby, the British military contribution to the Gulf War.
As well as staff posts in the Ministry of Defence, he has served as Chief of Staff of 24 Airmobile Brigade and with UNPROFOR in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He assumed command of 16 Air Assault Brigade in December 2002, which deployed as part of Operation Telic, the British contribution to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
On 1 May 2007, he replaced Dutch Major General Ton van Loon as Regional Command South in Afghanistan for a six-month period. This NATO ISAF command was responsible for southern Afghanistan, where some of the most intensive combat operations against the Taliban took place. Then in 2008 he was appointed General Officer Commanding 6th Division (a new divisional headquarters in York), and in 2009 he was appointed Director Special Forces. He went on to be Commander Force Development and Training in February 2012 with the rank of lieutenant general.
- "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
- UK Ministry of Defence biography, Operation Telic Archived 25 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Army Commands" (PDF). 26 July 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016.
- "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 2.
|New command|| General Officer Commanding the 6th Division
| Director Special Forces
| Commander Force Development and Training