Admiral The Right Honourable Lord West of Spithead

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Born in 1948, West joined the Royal Navy in 1965, serving in fourteen different ships and commanding three. In 1982 he commanded HMS Ardent which was sunk during the Falklands War. West was the last to leave the sinking ship and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. For several years he was head of naval intelligence and Chief of Defence Intelligence during the Kosovo war and then became Admiral in November 2000 and Commander-in-Chief Fleet, NATO Commander-in-Chief Atlantic and NATO Commander Allied Naval Forces North. He led the UK maritime response to 9/11 and the invasion of Afghanistan. In 2002 Lord West was appointed First Sea Lord and also the First and Principal Naval aide-de-camp to H.M. The Queen. He also led the Navy in the initial invasion of Iraq and the demand by the Royal Navy for a major ceremony of the Trafalguar Bicential Year. Lord West completed his term as First Sea Lord in February 2006 and became an advisor on Conservative and Labour Foreign Policy. He was asked by Gordon Brown to join the Government as one of the GOATs (Government Of All Talents), responsible for national security, counter-terrorism, Cyber and Olympics security, after having produced the UK’s first ever National Security and Cyber Security strategies including ground breaking strategies for countering international terrorism. Lord West was appointed the first Chancellor of Southampton Solent University, Naval Trustee of the Imperial War Museum, Knight Commander of the Order of The Bath in 2000, Knight Grand Cross in 2004, a Baron in 2007, Privy Counsellor in 2010. He is Chairman of QinetiQ Defence Advisory Board, Chairman of National Security Forum, and Chairman and strategic advisor for a number of companies