UK Military Representative to NATO and the European Union & Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
Vice Admiral Ian Corder joined the Royal Navy straight from school in 1978 and, after undertaking a sponsored degree studying Pure Mathematics at Cambridge University, completed his training and joined the Submarine Service as an operations and navigation specialist. He has seen operational service in the South Atlantic, the Norwegian Sea, the Mediterranean, the Pacific, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Gulf. He has commanded two submarines: one diesel powered, and one nuclear powered ‘hunter-killer’ as well as one larger surface warship. As an Admiral, he has been both the deputy commander of NATO’s Naval Striking and Support Forces, based in Italy, and most recently, the national operational commander for the Royal Navy, during which he commanded both UK naval operations throughout the 2011 Libyan Crisis and the Royal Navy’s support to the 2012 London Olympics.
In his shore appointments he has been responsible within the Ministry of Defence for a wide range of security policy and operational areas, from the UK’s policy towards NATO and defence and security aspects of the European Union and the United Nations, to operational employment of the nuclear deterrent. He has also held responsibility for the continuous operation of the UK’s force of four ballistic missile submarines and their Trident missiles and, at the opposite end of the spectrum, the Royal Navy’s Personnel and Human Resources policies.
He is currently serving as the UK Military Representative to NATO and the European Union. In this role he represents the UK’s Chief of Defence on both NATO and European Union Military Committees, the highest military authority in both those organisations.