Nicky Moffat

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Nicky Moffat

Born1962 (age 59–60)
Service/branchWomen's Royal Army Corps
Awards100 Women (BBC)

Brigadier Nicola Patricia Moffat,[1] CBE (born 1962[2]) was the highest-ranking woman in the British Army from 2009 until her resignation in 2012.[3][4][5] She is now a leadership consultant and speaker.[6]


Moffat graduated in 1985 with a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Liverpool,[7] though has said that she "almost got booted out" for neglecting her studies in favour of the Officers' Training Corps' activities.[3] In 1995 she gained an MA in Military Studies, Defence from Cranfield University.[7]

She joined the then Women's Royal Army Corps after university, and stayed in the army 26 years, including a spell as military private secretary to Geoff Hoon while he was Minister of Defence.[3] Her final posting before resigning was as Armed Forces head of pay and strategic manning at the Ministry of Defence.[4] She took voluntary redundancy in 2012, saying "After a long and rewarding career, I am looking forward to new challenges, utilizing the wealth of experience the military has afforded me."[4] Her resignation caused some surprise, as six months earlier she had given an interview enthusing about the army as a career for women.[3][5] She has founded the What Good Leadership Looks Like consultancy,[1][8] and appears as a speaker on awards panels.[6][9]


Moffat was appointed CBE in the 2012 New Year Honours, cited as "Late Adjutant General's Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch)".[10]

She was selected as one of the BBC's 100 Women in 2014, cited as "Highest Ranked woman in British Armed Forces".[11]


  1. ^ a b "What Good Leadership Looks Like: People". Companies House. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  2. ^ Aged 49 in Jan 2012 (Hopkins), aged 50 in June 2012 (Rayment), therefore born Jan-June 1962.
  3. ^ a b c d Hopkins, Nick (11 January 2012). "Meet Nicky Moffat, the highest ranked woman in the British army". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Rayment, Sean (30 June 2012). "Army's most senior female officer quits amid cuts anger". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b Bennhold, Katrin (3 July 2012). "Why Did Britain's Highest-Ranking Female Soldier Resign?". New York Times. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Nicky Moffat CBE, Leadership Consultant, Speaker & Coach". European Diversity Awards. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Nicky Moffat". Linked In. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  8. ^ Jacobs, Katie (14 October 2015). "Leadership lessons from the British Army". HR. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Nicky Moffat CBE". Future Leaders Award: Main judging panel. Women in the City. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  10. ^ "No. 60009". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2011. p. 5.
  11. ^ "Who are the 100 Women 2014?". BBC News. 26 October 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2019.