Lieut General James Everard
London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Educated at Uppingham School, James Everard was commissioned into the 17th/21st Lancers in June 1983. In 1995, as Chief of Staff, 4th Armoured Brigade, he was deployed to the United Nations Protection Force HQ, Sector South-West, and subsequently as part of the leading UK element of the NATO Implementation Force (IFOR) in Bosnia. Then in 1999 he became Military Assistant to the Commander of the Kosovo Force (KFOR). He became Commanding Officer of the Queen's Royal Lancers in September 2000 and deployed as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.
In December 2005 he became Commander of 20th Armoured Brigade in which capacity he was deployed to Basra in Iraq and built himself a reputation targeting corruption. The brigade left Basra in November 2006 and relocated to Paderborn in Germany. He was appointed Director Commitments at Land Command in 2007, General Officer Commanding 3rd (UK) Division in 2009 and Assistant Chief of the General Staff in April 2011. He went on to be Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Strategy and Operations) in March 2013 and became Commander Land Forces in September 2014.
A strong advocate of diversity, Everard has served as Patron of the Army LGBT Forum since 2010.
Everard was awarded a Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in November 1996, appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in April 2000, upgraded to a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in June 2005 and awarded a second Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in July 2007 for his work commanding 20th Armoured Brigade during Operation Telic 8 in Iraq.