Lieutenant General Richard Wardlaw was appointed as the first Chief of Defence Logistics and Support in October 2019, responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of a cross-cutting, pan-Defence strategy for Support, a c£14Bn/annum enterprise covering every facet of Engineering and Logistic Support.
In coming to this appointment, Lieutenant General Wardlaw draws on more than 29 years’ service in the Army and key appointments in NATO; he is an experienced senior leader on both military operations (Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Northern Ireland) and in major business change, with pivotal roles in the Army Redundancy Programme in 2010, the reorganization of the Army under the Army 2020 Programme in 2014, and as SRO leading the Army Basing Programme and Defence Estate Optimisation Programme in 2016.
He completed the Major Project Leadership Academy at Saïd Business School in 2018, Higher Command and Staff Course in 2010, the Advanced Command and Staff Course in 2002 and an MSc in Defence Technology in 2001. He has a BEng in Production Engineering from the University of Nottingham. He was awarded the QCVS in 2007 and 2009 following his tours of Iraq and Afghanistan and was appointed OBE in 2012.
Lieutenant General Wardlaw was appointed Colonel Commandant The Brigade of Gurkhas and Chair of the Gurkha Welfare Trust, the leading charity for Gurkha veterans, in November 2020. He is a Member of the Institution of Royal Engineers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. As a serving Colonel Commandant Royal Engineer, he is Chair of the Royal Engineers’ Widow’s Society, providing financial assistance to the families of deceased Sapper officers, and is a Trustee of the Royal Engineers’ Yacht Club.
He is married to Judith, a Practice Nurse, and they have two teenage girls. As a family, they enjoy skiing and off-shore sailing and when time allows, his personal interests include mountain-biking and DIY.