David Leakey

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David Leakey

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Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod
In office
1 February 2011 13 February 2018
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Sir Freddie Viggers
Succeeded by Sarah Clarke
Personal details
Born
Arundell David Leakey

(1952-05-18) 18 May 1952 (age 68)
United Kingdom
NationalityBritish
Relations Nigel Leakey (uncle)
Joshua Leakey (distant cousin)
Father Rea Leakey
Alma mater Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/service British Army
Years of service1971–2010
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands European Union Military Staff
20th Armoured Brigade
2nd Royal Tank Regiment
Battles/wars Operation Banner
EUFOR Althea (Bosnia and Hercegovina)
Awards Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George [1]
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Commander of the Order of the British Empire [2]
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service

Lieutenant General Arundell David Leakey, CMG , CVO , CBE (born 18 May 1952) [3] is a former British military commander. He was Director General of the European Union Military Staff in the Council of the European Union, Brussels. In 2010 he was appointed Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, a role he held until February 2018. [4]

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Early life and family

Leakey is the son of Major General Rea Leakey and nephew of Victoria Cross recipient Nigel Leakey. Leakey was educated at Sherborne School. [5] He is also related to the Victoria Cross recipient Joshua Leakey. [6]

Military career

After attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Leakey was commissioned into the Royal Tank Regiment as a second lieutenant (on probation) on 27 February 1971. [7] From 4 September 1971 [8] to 1 July 1974 he was a university cadet [9] while he read law at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge. [5] [10] His commission was confirmed on 1 July 1974 with seniority from 1 February 1971. [11] He was promoted to lieutenant on 1 July 1974 with seniority from 1 February 1973, [11] and to captain on 1 August 1977. [12] He served in the UK, Northern Ireland, Germany, Bosnia and in Canada in armoured vehicles and in tanks (Chieftain and Challenger). [5]

Having attended the Staff College, Camberley, he was promoted to major on 30 September 1984. [13] He was appointed Chief of Staff at 7th Armoured Brigade (Germany), Military Assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff and then Commanding Officer of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment. [5]

He was promoted to colonel on 31 December 1993 with seniority from 30 June 1993. [14] He was then posted to the Ministry of Defence as a Colonel Military Operations. In that role, he was responsible for Operational planning and policy affecting Eastern and Western Europe. In early 1995, he attended the Higher Command and Staff Course. In late 1995, he was the UK's Military Representative at the peace negotiations to end the Bosnian War held in the United States. The successful negotiations resulted in the signing of the Dayton Agreement and an end to the three-and-a-half-year-long war. [5]

He was promoted to brigadier on 31 December 1995 with seniority from 30 June 1995. [15] He was appointed Commander of 20th Armoured Brigade in Germany in 1996. [5] With his brigade, he was posted to the former Yugoslavia from 21 December 1996 to 20 June 1997. [2] He returned to the Ministry of Defence as Director of Military Operations from July 1997 to December 1999. [16]

In 2000, he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies. He was Chief of Staff at Headquarters Northern Ireland [5] from February to December 2001. [16] He was promoted to major general on 15 December 2001. [17] From December 2001 to October 2004, he was Director General of Army Training and Recruiting. [16] On 6 October 2004, he was appointed Commander of European Union Force Althea, [18] the European Union peacekeeping force, which replaced the NATO-led SFOR in Bosnia and Hercegovina. [5] He was promoted to lieutenant general on 28 February 2007. [19] From 1 March 2007 [20] until 2010, he was Director General of the European Union Military Staff in Brussels. [5]

He retired from the military on 22 September 2010. [21]

Later life

Leakey was appointed as Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod in the House of Lords from February 2011 [22] to December 2017. In early 2020 Leakey argued strongly against former Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow being appointed to the House of Lords, accusing him of bullying and explosive behaviour. [23] Shadow Home Secretary and Member of Parliament Diane Abbott has defended Bercow, stating that as a military man, Leakey was "unlikely to have been bullied by Bercow". She was roundly criticized for these comments. [24]

Since Retiring from Black Rod, Leakey has undertaken public speaking engagements including media appearances on radio and TV. He mentors senior executives and holds appointments in a number of business enterprises: Chief Strategy Officer of Scopeworker (a business management software service), Advisory Member of 2M Holdings Board (Chemicals and Gas Industry), and advisor to PanicGuard amongst other consultancy work.

Personal life

Leakey was chairman of the National Children's Orchestra, but he resigned in June 2014.

He was appointed a Governor of Sherborne School and Sherborne School Group in 2018 and Chairman in July 2020. He is also a trustee of numerous other Charitable and not for profit organisations.

He is an amateur piano player and singer. He is married with two sons. He enjoys classical music, playing squash, tennis, golf, most field sports, and chain sawing. [5]

Honours and awards

He was Colonel Commandant of the Royal Tank Regiment from 21 August 2006 [25] to 30 July 2010 [26] and previously Deputy Colonel Commandant since 16 July 1999. [27] He is Honorary Colonel of the Dorset Yeomanry and Dorset Army Cadet Force as well as Colonel of Cadet Force Music.

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Royal Victorian Order UK ribbon.png Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png UNFICYP.gif NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg

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Ord.St.Michele-Giorgio.png Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)24 March 2006, "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the former Yugoslavia during the period 1st April to 30th September 2005". [28]
Royal Victorian Order UK ribbon.png Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) 2018 New Year Honours
Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)5 December 1997, "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in former Yugoslavia during the period 21st December 1996 to 20th June 1997". [2]
UNFICYP.gif United Nations Medal for UNFICYP United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus
NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg NATO Former Republic of Yugoslavia Medal With clasp ' Former Yugoslavia '
General Service Medal with QCVS device.svg General Service Medal With oak leaves for Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service awarded on 19 April 2002, "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during period 1st April 2001 to 30th September 2001". [29]
Western European Union Mission Service Medal Ribbon 100px.png Western European Union Mission Service Medal
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Freddie Viggers
Black Rod
2011–2018
Succeeded by
Sarah Clarke
Military offices
Preceded by
Lt Gen Jean-Paul Perruche
Director General of the European Union Military Staff
2007–2010
Succeeded by
Lt Gen Ton van Osch