Richard Lacey

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Richard Lacey
Born (1953-12-11) 11 December 1953 (age 63)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1972–2009
Rank Air Vice Marshal
Commands held British Forces Cyprus
British Forces Falkland Islands
RAF Benson
No. 33 Squadron
Battles/wars Gulf War
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Air Vice Marshal Richard Howard Lacey, CBE (born 11 December 1953) is a retired Royal Air Force officer who served as the Commander of British Forces Cyprus and UK National Military Representative to the NATO HQ at SHAPE in Belgium.


Lacey was educated at John Ruskin Grammar School,[1] University of Cambridge, the RAF College Cranwell and the Royal College of Defence Studies.

Flying career[edit]

Lacey joined the Royal Air Force in 1972[2] He qualified as a helicopter pilot in 1978 and completed operational flying tours in Northern Ireland and in hong Kong. He trained as a helicopter flying instructor in 1984 and on promotion to squadron leader in 1985, he returned to operational flying in Northern Ireland as a Flight Commander with No 72 Squadron. After attending the RAF Staff College he was appointed Personal Staff Officer to Chief of Staff at RAF Strike Command (then Commander-in-Chief for the Gulf War) in 1989.[2] He became Commanding Officer of No. 33 Squadron RAF in 1992, a staff officer for Air Plans and Programmes at the Ministry of Defence in 1994 and Station Commander at RAF Benson in 1997.[2] After that he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies whereupon he was made Director of NATO Policy at the Ministry of Defence in 2000, Commander of British Forces on the Falkland Islands in 2003 and UK Military Representative to SHAPE in Belgium in 2005.[2] His last appointment was as Commander of British Forces Cyprus and Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas in 2006 before retiring in 2009.[2]


After retirement, Lacey became Director of Strategy at Sodexo Defence Ltd.[2] He is currently a Gentleman Usher to Queen Elizabeth II


Lacey was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2004 New Year Honours.[3]


  1. ^ Andrew Simmons (JRGS 1965–71) recalls his schooldays with affection JRGS Alumni Society
  2. ^ a b c d e f Air Vice-Marshal Richard Lacey, CBE Debrett's People of Today
  3. ^ "(Supplement) no. 57155". The London Gazette. 31 December 2003. p. 6. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Peter Pearson
Commander British Forces Cyprus
Succeeded by
James Gordon