Richard Cheadle

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Richard Cheadle
Born27 January 1950
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
RankRear Admiral
Commands heldHM Naval Base Devonport
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath

Rear Admiral Richard Frank Cheadle CB, DL (born 27 January 1950) is a former Royal Navy officer who went on to be Controller of the Navy.

Naval career[edit]

Cheadle served as Director of Nuclear Propulsion at the Ministry of Defence and then as Commander of HM Naval Base Devonport.[1] Promoted to Rear Admiral, he was appointed Chief of Staff to the Second Sea Lord and Commander-in-Chief, Naval Home Command in 2003.[2] He was appointed Controller of the Navy as well as an Executive Director of the Defence Procurement Agency in December 2003.[3] By the following year he was still Controller of the Navy but also Director, Land & Maritime.[4] He retired from the Navy in 2006 and became a Director at WS Atkins.[5]

Post-Naval career[edit]

Cheadle is a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Devon.[6] Cheadle is also a councillor for the Buckland Monachorum ward of West Devon Borough Council. Cheadle sits as an independent.[7]

Honours and decorations[edit]

Order of the Bath UK ribbon.png Companion of the Order of the Bath 2005
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012

Note that Rear Admiral Cheadle received the Diamond Jubilee Medal as a Deputy Lord Lieutenant, not due to his military service.


  1. ^ Naval Strategic Plan 2006, p. 26 Ministry of Defence
  2. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 2004
  3. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 2005
  4. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 2006
  5. ^ Formal Minutes Defence Committee, Session 2008–09
  6. ^ "People". The Lord lieutenant of Devon. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Richard Cheadle". West Devon Borough Council. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
Military offices
Preceded by
Nigel Guild
Controller of the Navy
Succeeded by
Andrew Mathews