List of female British general, flag and air officers

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Three senior female officers in 2019: Cdre Eleanor Ablett, Air Cdre Maria Byford, and AVM Chris Elliot

The following is a list of women who have reached general, flag or air officer rank in the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, not including those given honorary ranks. Though traditionally not considered flag or general officers by the United Kingdom, those who have reached the rank of brigadier or commodore are included in this list: air commodore is considered an air officer rank.

Using the star rating, the following are equivalent ranks:

Royal Navy[edit]

Name Rank Date of promotion Active/retired
Carolyn Stait Commodore 22 June 2004[1] Retired
Inga Kennedy Commodore 9 February 2015[2] Active
Eleanor L. Ablett Commodore 28 August 2018[3] Active
Fleur T. Marshall Surgeon Commodore 26 February 2019[4] Active
Melanie S. Robinson Commodore RNR 4 February 2020[5][6] Active
Alison J. Hofman Commodore 28 May 2020[7] Active

British Army[edit]

Name Rank Date of promotion Active/retired
Susan Ridge Major General 20 September 2015[8] Retired[9]
Sharon Nesmith Major General 14 March 2019[10] Active
Celia Harvey Major General 11 March 2020[11] Active (reservist)
Patricia Purves Brigadier 30 June 1999[12] Retired
Nicky Moffat Brigadier 30 June 2009[13] Retired
Fiona H. Gardner Brigadier 30 June 2015[14] Retired[15]
Suzanne Anderson Brigadier 31 December 2015[16] Active
Caroline L. Hull Brigadier 30 June 2020[17] Active
Sara L. Sharkey Brigadier 30 June 2017[18] Active
Ingrid A. Rolland Brigadier 4 December 2017[19] Active (Reservist)
Anna Clare Luedicke Brigadier 30 June 2017[20] Active
Vivienne Wendy Buck Brigadier 30 June 2019[21] Active
Janice A. Cook Brigadier 30 June 2019[22] Deceased[23]
Anna-Lee Reilly Brigadier 30 June 2019[24][25] Active
Lisa C. Keetley Brigadier 31 December 2019[26] Active
Elizabeth J. Faithful-Davis Brigadier 30 June 2020[27] Active

Royal Air Force[edit]

Name Rank Date of promotion Active/retired
Sue Gray Air Marshal 29 March 2019[28] Active
Elaine West Air Vice-Marshal 1 August 2013[29] Active (reservist)
Christina Elliot Air Vice-Marshal 1 July 2016[30] Retired
Alison Mardell Air Vice-Marshal 29 April 2017[31] Retired
Tamara Jennings Air Vice-Marshal 29 September 2018[32] Active
Maria Byford Air Vice-Marshal 24 February 2020[33] Active
Clare S. Walton Air Vice-Marshal 24 February 2020[34] Active
Barbara Cooper Air Commodore 1 January 2008[35] Retired
Jayne Millington Air Commodore 2012 Deceased[36]
Dawn McCafferty Air Commodore 17 August 2012[37] Retired[38]
Suzanne N. Perkins Air Commodore 21 August 2017[39] Active
Catherine C. Coton Air Commodore 4 September 2017[40] Active
Wendy Rothery Air Commodore 2 April 2018[41] Active

References[edit]

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