Mayall was commissioned into the 15th/19th The Kings Royal Hussars
in 1979 after completing a degree in Modern History at Balliol College,
Oxford. In between troop leading and an Adjutants appointment he
was ADC to the Commander 1st British Corps. In 1985 he was posted
on Loan Service to Oman and spent nearly 3 years commanding an armoured
squadron in the Sultan of Oman's Armoured Regiment. He drifted into
quieter waters at Staff College and the Ministry of Defence, before
being lifted to go on Op GRANBY as the SO2 G3 Ops with HQ 1st UK
Armoured Division. His involvement with the Middle East continued
with the CHALLENGER 2 Sales Team.
With the 15th/19th
Hussars Brigadier Mayall served in Germany and Cyprus before being,
for a brief time second-in-command of the newly formed Light Dragoons.
His SO1 appointment was as MA to the DSACEUR at HQ SHAPE, where
he was heavily involved with the Outreach and Partnership for Peace
programme in the Former Soviet Union. Before going to command 1st
The Queen's Dragoon Guards in 1997, he completed a Defence Fellowship
at St Antony's College Oxford, studying Turkish security policy,
and set up HQ 1st Reconnaissance Brigade.
Officer QDG he took the Regiment to BATUS and Northern Ireland before
arms plotting the Regiment back to Catterick. His last appointment
was Colonel Army Plans in the MOD, responsible for policy on size,
shape and structure of the Army. He came to command of 1st Mechanized
Brigade from the Higher Command and Staff Course.
is a bachelor with a keen interest in politics, history and the
theatre. He has travelled extensively in Africa, Central Asia and
the Middle East. He is an enthusiastic sportsman, and an erratic