General the Lord Richard Dannatt (GCB CBE MC DL) was a soldier for 40 years concluding his military career as Chief of the General Staff – the professional head of the British Army. Since retiring from active duty in 2009, he was Constable of the Tower of London until July 2016.
In 2011 he became an independent member of the House of Lords. He is a frequent commentator on defence and security issues in the media. He is the Chairman of the Royal Armouries. He was the founder Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Durham Global Security Institute which focuses on conflict prevention through the integration of defence, diplomacy and development.
He is also on a number of other boards in the private and charitable sectors, and holds several other appointments including President of Help for Heroes. He divides his time between London and his family home in Norfolk where he runs the family arable farm.
He is a Deputy Lieutenant for both Greater London and Norfolk. He published his autobiography, Leading from the Front in 2010, and a second book, Boots on the Ground – Britain and her Army since 1945 in October 2016.
He is married with four children and six grandsons. His wife, Philippa, was High Sheriff of Norfolk 2014-15.