Deputy Chief of the General Staff, British Army
Born in 1962, Nick Pope was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals in 1981. After gaining a degree in Economics at Jesus College, Cambridge, he spent the next 9 years at Regimental Duty, holding a variety of appointments in Germany, Cyprus, the UK and in Hong Kong, where he served with Queen’s Gurkha Signals.
After attending the Army Staff College in 1993 – 94 he served two years in a staff appointment in London, responsible for planning the future Army equipment programme. He subsequently commanded 19 Mechanized Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron from January 1997 to early 1999, which included an operational tour in Bosnia. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, he returned to the Ministry of Defence becoming the military programmer for Capability Manager (Manoeuvre).
He took command of 30th Signal Regiment in November 2000 and deployed sub-units world-wide in support of operations, particularly in the aftermath of 9/11. During this tour he was also double-hatted as Commander Queen’s Gurkha Signals. Promoted from command, he returned to London for a third tour in the MOD in late 2002 as Deputy Director Defence Resources and Plans.
He was promoted to Brigadier in September 2005 and assumed command of 1st (UK) Signal Brigade. During this tour he deployed the Brigade to Afghanistan in 2006 in support of HQ ARRC. He was appointed Colonel of the Regiment of Queen’s Gurkha Signals in April 2005. After a brief stint as a student at the Royal College of Defence Studies, he assumed the appointment of Head of Equipment Plans in the MOD in July 2008.
In 2011 he was promoted to Major General, taking on the role of Chief of the Defence Staff’s Strategic Communication Officer. He assumed the role of Director Land Capability & Transformation and Master General of the Ordnance (MGO) in November 2011.
He is currently employed as Director General Capability in the Army Headquarters, Andover.
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