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The Lord Dannatt GCB, CBE, MC

Former British Army Chief of the General Staff

Lord Dannatt is a decorated soldier, and a leading authority on military and defence issues. His distinguished service in Northern Ireland and Kosovo, and as professional head of the British Army, mean he is well-placed to offer penetrating insights into military leadership and strategy.

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

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In detail

Lord Dannatt is one of the most successful Generals of our times. Highly respected by his peers and governments, Lord Dannatt was a key advisor to the David Cameron defence team in 2009/2010. A frequent and popular commentator on current affairs and security issues, his views regularly feature in the media. In 2010 Lord Dannatt published 'Leading from the Front'. He became a member of the House of Lords in 2011. After retiring from the Army in 2009, he was appointed Constable of the Tower of London. In 2016 Lord Dannatt published his second book 'Boots on the Ground' and became president of the charity 'Help for Heroes'. Drawing from his 40 years of military career, Lord Dannatt offers organisations invaluable advice on topics such as leadership, global issues, communication, risk and security.

What he offers you

Lord Dannatt's insightful presentations on what makes a good leader and how to lead high performance teams provide audiences with a deeper understanding of the skill 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

  • 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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