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The Queen has been pleased to confer a peerage of the United Kingdom for Life on General Sir David Richards GCB CBE DSO ADC Gen upon his retirement as Chief of the Defence Staff.
General Sir David Richards
General Sir David Richards was appointed as Chief of the Defence Staff on 29 October 2010. He retired on 18 July 2013.
He has previously held appointments including: Chief of the General staff 2009 to 2010, Commander in Chief Land Forces 2008 to 2009 and Commander of the International Stabilisation and Assistance Force, Afghanistan 2006 to 2007. He has served in countries all over the world including Germany, Sierra Leone, East Timor and 4 tours in Northern Ireland.
This recommendation for a non-party political life Peerage was made by the Prime Minister. The House of Lords Appointments Commission is responsible for recommending non-party political appointments to the House of Lords. However, the Prime Minister continues to nominate direct to The Queen a limited number of distinguished public servants on retirement. The number of such appointments will not exceed 10 in any one Parliament. This is in line with the arrangements agreed between the House of Lords Appointments Commission and previous Prime Ministers.