Lieutenant General James Everard was commissioned into the 17th/21st Lancers in 1983. He served in Germany and at the US National Training Centre before attending the Army Command and Staff Course in 1992.
Joining 4th Armoured Brigade in 1994 as Chief of Staff, he deployed to Bosnia with the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), and subsequently the NATO Implementation Force. He served for 2 years as a Squadron Leader with The Queen’s Royal Lancers in Germany and Canada, before deploying to Kosovo as the Military Assistant to the Commander Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC).
From 2000 to 2002, he commanded The Queen’s Royal Lancers in Germany, Cyprus (UNFICYP) and Kosovo.
After 2 years focused on Iraq and Afghanistan as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff J5 at the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters, he attended the Higher Command and Staff Course in 2005. This was followed by a 6-month deployment to the Pentagon as the Chief of Defence Staff Liaison Officer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He then commanded 20th Armoured Brigade from December 2005 to 2007 in Germany and Iraq.
In January 2008 he took over the appointment of Director Commitments at Headquarters Land Forces before becoming General Officer Commanding 3rd (United Kingdom) Division from July 2009 to April 2011.
He then spent 2 years as the Assistant Chief of the General Staff before, on promotion to Lieutenant General, taking on the role of Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Military Strategy & Operations) prior to his current appointment.
As of November 2015 Commander Land Forces became Commander Field Army and heads up the new Headquarters Field Army.
Lieutenant General James Everard is married to Caroline and they have three children.