General Richard Barrons was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Artillery in 1977, prior to reading for a degree in philosophy, politics and economics at Queen’s College, Oxford. He has completed a Masters in Defence Administration (1990), Army Staff College (1991) and the Higher Command and Staff Course (2003). In 2014 he had the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) conferred on him by Cranfield University. He was appointed MBE in 1993, OBE in 1999, CBE in 2003, awarded QCVS in 2004 and 2006, and appointed as an Officer of the US Legion of Merit in 2009. He is an ADC to Her Majesty The Queen and was appointed KCB in 2013. He is the Colonel Commandant and President of the Honourable Artillery Company and is Honorary Colonel of 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery.
Previous roles in government
Commander of Joint Forces Command
- 2013 to 2016