Andrew Ridgway

Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Peter Ridgway, KBE, CB, KStJ, DL (born 20 March 1950) is a former British Army officer and Lieutenant Governor of Jersey. He was appointed to the latter role for a 5-year term on 14 June 2006 after a long military career.

Sir Andrew Ridgway
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Ridgway in June 2010
Birth nameAndrew Peter Ridgway
Born (1950-03-20) 20 March 1950 (age 72)
Teddington, Middlesex, UK
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
RankLieutenant General
Commands held3rd Royal Tank Regiment
7th Armoured Brigade
Battles/warsBosnian War
Kosovo War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service

Early life and educationEdit

Ridgway was born on 20 March 1950. He was educated at Hele's School, Exeter, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and St John's College, Cambridge.[1]

Military careerEdit

 
Lt Gen. Sir Andrew Ridgway (left) fulfilling duties as Lieutenant Governor of Jersey, alongside Sir Philip Bailhache, Bailiff of Jersey (right), at Liberation Day celebrations, 9 May 2008

In 1970, Ridgway was commissioned into the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment, serving in Germany and Ireland as a Troop Leader. In 1975, he qualified as a helicopter pilot, and was given command of the 1st Royal Tank Regiment Air Squadron, operating in Central America and Northern Ireland. In 1982, he attended the Army Staff College at Camberley, before taking command of the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment in 1991[2] and the 7th Armoured Brigade (the 'Desert Rats') in 1993. In 1994, he was appointed UN Commander in Central Bosnia and Herzegovina,[3] and became Chief of Staff for the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps for NATO's entry into the Kosovo War in 1999.[3] For 2003 to 2006, he was Chief of Defence Intelligence,[4] although he was not directly involved in producing the controversial intelligence reports that led to 2003 invasion of Iraq and Operation Telic. He is also Colonel of the Royal Tank Regiment (appointed in 1999), Honorary Colonel of Cambridge University Officer Training Corps and the Westminster Dragoons.[5]

Other jobs in Ridgway's career have included running the Army budget as Colonel Army Programmes and posts as First Director of Operational Capability, First Director of Training and Education and Chief of Joint Force Operations.[1]

Lieutenant-Governor of JerseyEdit

From 2006 until 2011, Ridgway was Lieutenant-Governor of Jersey,[6] in the Channel Islands, where he acted as the Queen's representative. Though largely a symbolic and ceremonial appointment, the post of Lieutenant-Governor is the essential link between Jersey and the Crown, as the Channel Islands are not part of the United Kingdom.

Honours and decorationsEdit

Ridgway was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1995 and a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 2001, as well as receiving the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service and the US Defense Intelligence Agency Award in 2005.

Ridgway was advanced to Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Profile of the Lieutenant Governor Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Green Flash Homepage
  3. ^ a b Lieutenant Governor officially ready for business BBC
  4. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 2004
  5. ^ C&S (Westminster Dragoons) Squadron, The Royal Yeomanry
  6. ^ Lieutenant-Governors of Jersey Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine This is Jersey
  7. ^ "HM The Queen's Birthday Honours List – 2011". The Daily Telegraph. London. 11 June 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
Military offices
Preceded by Chief of Defence Intelligence
2003–2006
Succeeded by
Government offices
Preceded by Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
2006–2011
Succeeded by