Lord Dannatt is a retired British Army officer and the incumbent Constable of the Tower of London. He was commissioned into the Green Howards in 1971, and his first tour of duty was in Belfast as a platoon commander. During his second tour of duty, also in Northern Ireland, Dannatt was awarded the Military Cross. Following a major stroke in 1977, Lord Dannatt considered leaving the Army, but was encouraged by his commanding officer to stay. After staff college, he became a company commander and eventually took command of the Green Howards in 1989. He attended and then commanded the Higher Command and Staff Course, after which he was promoted to Brigadier. Dannatt was given command of the 4th Armoured Brigade in 1994 and commanded the British component of the Impltementation Force (IFOR) the following year.
He handed over as Chief on 28th August 2009, forty years to the day from when he first joined the Army. In 2009 it was announced that HM The Queen had appointed him as Constable of the Tower of London, a position which he still holds.He is a columnist for The Telegraph and frequently lectures on inspirational leadership and current defence and security issues. Richard Dannatt’s autobiography Leading from the Front was published in 2010 by Transworld.
Lord Dannatt is charismatic and engaging, combining eloquence and humour in his content rich, personalised presentations.
Lord Dannatt is probably best recently known for being Constable of the Tower of London and leading the campaign for the amazing remembrance poppies in the moat last year. He is also Founder Patron of Help for Heroes.