Sir Richard Shirreff

Former Nato Commander, UK Military Chief

The former NATO Commander and British military chief has served on the front-line and in the corridors of international military power. He speaks about leading small teams as well as large, diverse groups with competing priorities, negotiating and resolving complex problems, working with others as well as the big, global geopolitical and security issues.

Sir Richard Shirreff

Former Nato Commander, UK Military Chief

The former NATO Commander and British military chief has served on the front-line and in the corridors of international military power. He speaks about leading small teams as well as large, diverse groups with competing priorities, negotiating and resolving complex problems, working with others as well as the big, global geopolitical and security issues.

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Biography

Sir Richard Shirreff was born in Kenya in 1955 where he spent his early years. Educated in England, he graduated from Exeter College, Oxford (Modern History) before being commissioned into the British Army from Sandhurst.  In his 37-year career, he commanded soldiers on operations at every level from platoon to division. This has included combat in the Gulf War of 1991 as a tank squadron leader and again in Iraq as a divisional commander, together with other operations in Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Bosnia. In addition, he had extensive staff experience at brigade, Army HQ and in the Ministry of Defence. He commanded NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and his final post before withdrawing from the Army was NATO’s 4 Star Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR).

In February 2016 he co-founded Strategia Worldwide consultancy, which helps clients understanding and managing risk comprehensively.

In 2016 his novel ‘2017: War with Russia’ was published in the UK and USA. It became a best seller and has been translated into eight languages.

Sir Richard is widely respected in the UK, across NATO countries and beyond as one of the leading strategists of his generation.

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  • Global Security Management
  • Risk Management
  • Strategy

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