Michael Walker GCB CMG CBE DL


Field Marshal The Lord Walker of Aldringham was appointed to ACOBA in August 2009. He started his career as a teacher, and joined the army in 1966. He served in Cyprus, Gibraltar, Northern Ireland and Germany before taking command of the 2nd Infantry Division. Lord Walker’s other previous roles for the Ministry of Defence include:

  • Chief of the Defence Staff (head of all British Armed Forces), a post he held for 3 years before retiring and receiving a life peerage in 2006.
  • Chief of the General Staff (the professional head of the British Army)
  • Commander in Chief, Land Command
  • Commander of NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps
  • Assistant Chief of the General Staff,

He was also appointed Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, stepping down in early 2011.

Previous roles in government

  • Member of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments