Former Brigadier & CEO of Haig Housing Trust
Born into a Military family and living and being educated in 8 different state and military schools around the globe Brigadier James Richardson enlisted as a Junior Soldier aged 16 in the Army. Joining the Royal Corps of Signals in June 1978 at the Army Apprentices College in Harrogate he trained as an Electronics Technician. He graduated as a Lance Corporal and was assigned to 259 Signal Squadron stationed in Cyprus. At Harrogate he was identified as a potential officer and embarked on this career path part way through his first assignment, entering the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1984. He returned to the Royal Signals and started his commissioned career based in York. During his early commissioned years he led troops in various roles including Arctic Warfare and played rugby and athletics to Army level. He gained his MA in International Relations from King’s College London. He promoted through Command and Staff appointments, attending Advanced Staff College and Royal College of Defence Studies, including Command of 49th East Brigade, The Deputy Military Secretary and he retired from the Army as Commander of all UK Military Garrisons in Germany. He was awarded MBE after prolonged and multiple tours of Bosnia in 1997 and the US Bronze Star after his leadership in chairmanship of the Patraeus ‘Brains Trust’ and authorship of the Strategic withdrawal and stabilisation plan for Iraq in 2007.
James joined Haig Housing Trust as its Chief Executive directly on the merging of the two Haig charities in November 2013 into a single entity providing family and single veterans housing and sourcing and adapting homes for our life changing wounded.
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