General Sir Nicholas Houghton GCB CBE ADC Gen


General Nick Houghton was born in 1954 in Otley, West Yorkshire. He was educated at Woodhouse Grove School in Bradford, RMA Sandhurst and St Peter’s College, Oxford, where he did an in-service degree in modern history. Commissioned into the Green Howards in 1974, General Houghton was both a Company Commander in and Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion in the Mechanised and Air Mobile Roles and in Northern Ireland. He attended the Army Command and Staff Course at both Shrivenham and Camberley and the Higher Command and Staff Course.

Previous roles in government

  1. Chief of the Defence Staff

    • 2013 to 2016
  2. Vice Chief of the Defence Staff

    • 2009 to 2013


  1. Interesting times
  2. Building a British military fit for future challenges rather than past conflicts
  3. Air Power Conference 2015
  4. Annual Chief of the Defence Staff’s Royal United Services Institute Lecture 2014