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Lord Dannatt GCB, CBE, MC

Former British Army Chief of the General Staff

Lord Dannatt, a decorated soldier and renowned authority on military affairs, provides profound insights into defence policy, military leadership and strategy. With extensive experience in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, and as the former head of the British Army during challenging times in Iraq and Afghanistan, his expertise is highly valuable.

"Strategic - Operational - Tactical: A truly charismatic leader!"

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In detail

Since retiring from the Army, Lord Dannatt became a key advisor to the David Cameron defence team from 2009 until 2010 and was later nominated for a peerage, where he now sits as a crossbencher. Moreover, he held the esteemed position of Constable of the Tower of London until 2016. Lord Dannatt remained to be involved in various public activities and discussions related to the military and defence. A frequent and popular commentator on security issues, his views regularly feature in the media. Additionally, Lord Dannatt has also been associated with charitable organisations, notably Help the Heros and has been a vocal advocate for veterans' welfare and mental health support. He has written several books, including his autobiography "Leading from the Front," which provides insights into his military career and leadership philosophy.

What he offers you

Drawing from his 40 years of military career, Lord Dannatt's delivers insightful presentations on the attributes of effective leadership and the strategies for guiding high-performance teams, providing audiences with a deeper understanding of the skills and development required.

How he presents

Lord Dannatt is charismatic and engaging, combining eloquence and humour in his content rich, personalised presentations.


He presents in English.

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Speaking topics

  • Leadership in Turbulent Times
  • Communication
  • Risk and Security
  • Shifting Sands - Power and Influence on the Move
  • A Look Back, a Look Forward - Reflections on Forty Years a Soldier
  • Boots on the Ground - Britain and her Army Today

Books and publications

  • 2024
    Churchill's D-Day
  • 2023
    Victory to Defeat
  • 2016
    Boots on the Ground
  • 2010
    Leading from the Front: An autobiography


  • 2011
    Raised to the peerage as Baron Dannatt of Keswick, in the County of Norfolk
  • 2009
    Appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) in the 2009 New Year Honours
  • 1973
    Decorated with the Military Cross (MC)


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