Maj Gen (Retd) Patrick Cordingley

Patrick Cordingley is an advisor to ORG’s Sustainable Security Programme. He served from 1965 to 2000 as an officer in the British Army. After postings in Cyprus, Libya, Germany and Canada, he commanded the 7th Armoured Brigade (the Desert Rats) which led the UK and US assault on Iraqi forces in Kuwait during the 1991 Gulf War. He subsequently set up the Combined Arms Training Centre at Warminster and, promoted to Major General, commanded the Army’s 2nd Division before being appointed as the military adviser to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos of Oman.

On leaving the Army he became chairman of a telecommunications company. He is chairman of Defence and Security Forum, past chairman of the Trustees of the Gilbert White’s House and the Oates Museum, chairman of the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers and chairman and vice-chairman of the governors of two schools.

He also works as a lecturer on decision-making and leadership and acts as a military commentator, working mainly for the BBC. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Hull, where he is a Doctor of Science. He has written two best selling books.