Assistant Secretary General for Operations
Patrick Turner became Assistant Secretary General for Operations in October 2015.
Prior to that, his roles included:
- UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council (2011-15)
- Command Secretary, Headquarters Land Command (2010-11). He provided policy and political advice to the British Army, and was HR Director for the Army’s civilian workforce
- Minister (Defence) at the British Embassy in Washington (2008-10)
- Director, National Security Strategy Team, Cabinet Office (2007). The team produced the first UK National Security Strategy
- Director, Deterrent Options Policy, Ministry of Defence (2005-7). The team supported political decision-making on the renewal of the UK’s independent nuclear deterrent, and produced a White Paper on the future of the deterrent published in December 2006
- Director Policy Planning, Ministry of Defence (1999-2002). The team led work on the UK’s post 9/11 defence review, and produced a White Paper on the “New Chapter” to the UK Strategic Defence Review published in July 2002
- Co-head of Strategic Defence Review Implementation Team (1998-99). The team led on the implementation of the UK’s 1998 Strategic Defence Review
- Deputy Director, Private Office of NATO Secretary General (1992-96). He worked for 3 Secretaries General: Manfred Wörner, Willy Claes and Javier Solana
He joined the UK Ministry of Defence in 1984. Amongst other roles, he was a Private Secretary to the Minister for the Armed Forces (1987-88); a Private Secretary to the Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service (1988-89); and Head of Section responsible for defence relations with North American and European countries (1989-92). He has also undertaken a variety of other policy, operational and finance roles in the Ministry of Defence, and spent a brief period in the UK Home Office.
He has a BA in Modern History from Merton College Oxford, attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in London in 2003, and was a Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London in 2004.