Commander

Lt Gen Tim Radford CB DSO OBE was educated at Rugby School, Durham University and King’s College London. Commissioned into the Light Infantry in 1985, he spent four years in command appointments before joining the School of Infantry as an Instructor in 1989. 

Thereafter, he commanded extensively on operations in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan. In April 2008, he took command of 19 Light Brigade and was Commander Task Force Helmand between April and October 2009. From February 2013 through to February 2015, he was the first GOC of Force Troops Command, leading its transition into the Army 2020 structure of 10 re-designed brigades, comprising 40,000 personnel. At this time, he was also the 2-star commander overseeing the UK’s response to the Ebola Crisis in Sierra Leone. In July 2015 he was promoted to Lieutenant General and served as the Deputy Commander Op RESOLUTE SUPPORT in Afghanistan until April 2016. He assumed command of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in Gloucester in July 2016.

On the staff, he served initially in Headquarters Directorate Special Forces and then at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he established the Late Entry Officer Course and also helped codify new leadership doctrine for the Army. Latterly, he served in the MOD, first as the Colonel Assistant Director Special Forces and then as the Brigadier, Head of Overseas Operations, responsible for the shaping MOD policy for Afghanistan and its response to the Arab Awakening in 2011. On promotion to Major General, he became the Chief of Staff of ISAF Joint Command in Kabul from November 2011 to November 2012. He also served briefly as Chief of Staff Land Forces in 2015. 

Courses attended include: Staff College at Camberley in 1995;the Higher Command and Staff Course in 2009; the US Army Defence Strategic Leadership Programme and Combined Joint Force Land Component Course in 2011; the NATO General Flag Officers’ and Ambassadors’ Course in 2014; and the UK Pinnacle Course in 2014. 

He was awarded the MBE in 1994, the OBE in 2006, the DSO in 2010, received a QCVS in 2014 and was appointed CB in 2016. He is Regimental Colonel of the Special Reconnaissance Regiment, Assistant Colonel Commandant of The Rifles and President of Army Tennis.  He is married with three children.

 

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