Major General Nanson CBE
Major General Paul Nanson was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire and educated at Merchant Taylors’ School Crosby, Runshaw Tertiary College and Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Territorial Army in 1984 and then into the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 1986. His early service was spent as Platoon Commander, Adjutant and Company Commander with 3rd Fusiliers and 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment.
Following Staff College he was Chief of Staff to 102 Logistics Brigade, based in Gutersloh, Germany, before returning to the 1st Fusiliers and Command of Y Company. On promotion he was posted to the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) and then to command of 1st Fusiliers based in Celle, Germany. He then was made Chief of Staff for 1st (UK) Armoured Division before taking command of 7th Armoured Brigade, ‘The Desert Rats’, in January 2011.
Following brigade command, he spent 12 months serving with the US Marine Corps as Deputy Commander Regional Command (South West) in Helmand, Afghanistan. In April 2014, he returned to JSCSC as Director Army Division. He has been Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst since September 2015.
He has served on operations in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Kuwait and Iraq (Op GRANBY), Bosnia, Iraq (Op TELIC) and Afghanistan (Op VERITAS and HERRICK).
He is Colonel of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, a trustee of the Desert Rats Association and Colonel Commandant Corps of Army Music.
Married to Louise (Lu), he has two children, Milly and Henry. He enjoys hockey and running, especially with the family (when he can convince them that it is fun), hill walking in the Lake District, cooking and motor cycling – although he is no longer allowed to possess a motorbike!