Richard Felton

Lieutenant General Richard Friedrich Patrick Felton, CBE is a former British Army officer who served as Director-General of the Defence Safety Authority from 2017 to 2019.

Richard Felton
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Brigadier Felton in 2011
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1985–2019
RankLieutenant General
Service number522846
Commands heldDefence Safety Authority
Joint Helicopter Command
Task Force Helmand
4th Mechanized Brigade
9 Regiment Army Air Corps
Battles/warsThe Troubles
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
AwardsCommander of the Order of the British Empire
Mentioned in dispatches
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service

Military careerEdit

Felton was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Transport on 6 September 1985.[1] He became Commanding Officer of 9 Regiment Army Air Corps in April 2004, Chief of Staff of 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division in April 2007 and Commander of 4th Mechanized Brigade in January 2009.[2] It was in this role that he was deployed as Commander of Task Force Helmand in April 2010.[2] He went on to be Chief of Joint Forces Operations at Joint Forces Headquarters in March 2011 and Commander of Joint Helicopter Command in March 2014.[3] He became Director-General of the Defence Safety Authority in April 2017.[4]


  1. ^ "No. 50398". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 January 1986. p. 559.
  2. ^ a b "Brigadier Richard Felton takes over Task Force Helmand". BBC. 10 April 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Ups and outs". Defence News. May 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Generals: April 2017" (PDF). Retrieved 18 April 2017.
Military offices
Preceded by Commander Joint Helicopter Command
Succeeded by
Preceded by Director-General Defence Safety Authority
Succeeded by