General Sir David Richards was Chief of the Defence Staff, the professional head of the armed forces and principal military adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence and government. He was appointed in 2009.
Since his appointment to the MOD, David has held a number of senior posts including:
- Assistant Chief of the General Staff, 2002
- Commander-in-Chief UK Land Forces, 2008
- Chief of the General Staff, 2009
- Chief of the Defence Staff, 2010.
General Richards was succeeded in post in July 2013 by General Sir Nicholas Houghton GCB CBE ADC Gen