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His Excellency Lieutenant General Sir James Dutton, KCB, CBE


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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: His Excellency Lieutenant General Sir James Dutton, KCB, CBE

His Excellency Lieutenant General Sir James Dutton is a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College. He has a distinguished record of ethical leadership and presently serves as the Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Gibraltar since being appointed in 2013 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Lieutenant General Dutton was commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1972. After initial appointments and three consecutive communication jobs, interspersed with staff training, he commanded 40 Commando from 1996-8, deploying for extended exercises in South East Asia and South Africa. On promotion to Brigadier he was appointed as Director NATO Policy in the MOD, responsible for NATO and Western European security policy.  Following this he attended the 2001 course at the Royal College of Defence Studies; after the terrorist attacks in the USA in September, he was taken off the course to go to Washington DC as the Chief of Defence Staff’s liaison officer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon.

Lieutenant General Dutton commanded 3 Commando Brigade from July 2002 to May 2004 with  2003 being dominated by operations in the Middle East.  In 2004, the Brigade conducted cold weather warfare training in Norway after which he was promoted to Major General and appointed as Commander, UK Amphibious Forces and Commandant General Royal Marines (CGRM). He returned to Iraq in 2005 to command the Multinational Division (SE), based in Basra. Handing over as CGRM in June 2006 he spent a short time as COS (Capability) in the Fleet HQ.  In February 2007, he was appointed as Chief of Staff (Operations) in the UK’s Permanent Joint HQ. Promoted to Lieutenant General in October 2008, he was appointed as Deputy Commander of the International Security and Assistance Force in Afghanistan, and subsequently concluded his distinguished 37-year military career in 2010.

Lieutenant General Dutton’s other professional leadership experience includes:

• 04/2011-09/2013: Programme Director, Gabon and Director General, Agence Nationale des Grands Travaux – Bechtel Corporation

Lieutenant General Dutton’s civilian and professional military education includes:

• 2001: Foreign Policy and Security Course, Royal College of Defence Studies, London, UK

• 1987: Command and Staff Course, Army Staff College, Camberley, UK

• 1977: Bachelor of Science with Honours in Systems Management, City University, London, UK

Lieutenant General Dutton’s honours, decorations and awards include:

• 2014: Distinguished Fellow, New Westminster College (Canada)

• 2010: Knight Commander, Most Honourable Order of the Bath (UK)

• 2005: Commander, Legion of Merit (USA)

• 2003: Commander, Order of the British Empire (UK)

• 1972-2010: Military Campaign Medals

As a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, His Excellency Lieutenant General Sir James Dutton is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.


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