General the Lord Nick Houghton (Baron Houghton of Richmond) brings unparalleled experience across both government and business. In July 2013, General Houghton assumed the appointed position of Chief of the Defence Staff of the British armed Forces retiring in 2016. Previously General Houghton was Vice Chief of the Defence Staff from May 2009.
Educated at Sandhurst and Oxford, General Houghton commanded 1st Battalion The Green Howards and an Infantry Brigade in Northern Ireland. Following his retirement from the army, General Houghton became the 160th Constable of the Tower of London and a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces.