Press release

PM statement: new Chief of the Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach

David Cameron praised outgoing Chief of the Defence Staff Sir Nick Houghton and welcomed his successor Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach.


The Prime Minister made a statement on the appointment of Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach to succeed General Sir Nicholas Houghton as Chief of the Defence Staff.

The Prime Minister said:

I want to thank General Sir Nick Houghton for his many years of dedicated service to this country – especially the years he has led our armed forces in an ever more unstable world.

I’m confident that Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach is the right man to continue General Sir Nick Houghton’s great legacy. For over a decade Sir Stuart has delivered exemplary leadership of the armed forces, with an extraordinary record of achievement. His experience as Commander Joint Forces Command and Chief of Joint Operations will be invaluable as we continue to ensure our brave armed forces remain among the most capable and agile in the world.

Published 22 January 2016