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Sir Kevin O'Donoghue
Born 9 December 1947(1947-12-09) (age 73)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1968–2011
Rank General
Service number 486538
Commands held Chief of Defence Materiel
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue, KCB, CBE (born 9 December 1947) is a retired British Army officer and former Chief of Defence Materiel.[1] He retired from the service in December 2010, being succeeded as Chief of Defence Materiel by Bernard Gray.

Early life[edit | edit source]

O'Donoghue was born on 9 December 1947,[2] to Phillip James O’Donoghue and Winifred Mary O’Donoghue.[3] He studied at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.[4] He graduated in 1971 with a First-class Bachelor of Science (BSc).[3][5]

Military career[edit | edit source]

O'Donoghue joined the Territorial Army in 1968. He was commissioned in the Royal Engineers as a Second Lieutenant (on probation) on 10 October 1968.[6] He was attending university and had previously been an Officer Cadet.[6] In 1971, after approximately two years as a troop commander in 75 Engineer Regiment (Volunteers),[7] he converted to a Regular Commission and spent the next 5 years in the British Army of the Rhine.[4]

In 1976, he moved to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as an instructor. He then attended the Canadian Forces' Command and Staff Course in Toronto before being posted to the Ministry of Defence as Military Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff.[4]

After a return to Germany to support 7th Armoured Brigade, he was a member of the Directing Staff for the Army Staff Course. Command of 25 Engineer Regiment included a deployment to the Falkland Islands. He then attended the Higher Command and Staff Course in 1990 and was promoted to Brigadier and assumed the appointment of Commander Corps Royal Engineers 1 (British) Corps (which became Chief Engineer Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps) and Commander Hameln Garrison.[4]

In 1993 he attended the NATO Defence College in Rome, before moving to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe to become the Director of Staff Operations. He was promoted to Major General in April 1996 on appointment as Chief of Staff, Headquarters Quartermaster General, following which he moved to the Ministry of Defence to become the Assistant Chief of the General Staff.[4]

He was promoted to Lieutenant General and became the UK Military Representative to NATO, the EU and WEU. He then served as Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Health), responsible for the Defence Medical Services, from 2002 to 2004.[4]

He became Chief of Defence Logistics on 1 January 2005. When the Defence Logistics Organisation merged with the Defence Procurement Agency on 2 April 2007, he became the first Chief of Defence Materiel.[4] He retired from this post in December 2010.[8]

He officially retired from the British Army on 19 March 2011.[9]

Later life[edit | edit source]

Since 2010, O'Donoghue has been Chairman of SSAFA Forces Help.[3]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

O'Donoghue has a wife named Jean and together they have three daughters. His hobbies include dog walking, reading military history and gardening.[4]

Honours and decorations[edit | edit source]

In the 2005 New Year Honours, O'Donoghue was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB).[10]

On 10 May 2004, he was appointed to the honorary role of Chief Royal Engineer.[11] His tenure ended on 10 May 2009.[12] On 1 February 2007, he was appointed Honorary Colonel Commandant of the Royal Logistic Corps.[13] On 1 June 2009, he was appointed to the honorary role of Master General of Logistics. He was the first to hold this appointment.[14] His tenured ended on 1 June 2012.[15]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue will be first "Chief of Defence Materiel"". MOD. http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/DefencePolicyAndBusiness/GeneralSirKevinOdonoghueWillBeFirstchiefOfDefenceMateriel.htm. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  2. "Gen Sir Kevin O'Donoghue, KCB, CBE". People of Today. Debrett's. http://www.debretts.com/people/biographies/browse/o/19175/Kevin+O%27DONOGHUE.aspx. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "O’DONOGHUE, Gen. Sir Kevin". Who's Who 2013. A & C Black. November 2012. http://www.ukwhoswho.com/view/article/oupww/whoswho/U28758. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 "Chief of Defence Materiel". MOD.uk. http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/People/SeniorOfficials/ChiefOfDefenceMateriel.htm. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  5. "Military Representative of the United Kingdom - Lieutenant General Kevin O'Donoghue CBE". Who is who at NATO?. NATO. 1 July 2002. http://www.nato.int/cv/milrep/uk/donoghue.htm. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 44722. p. 12668. 22 November 1968. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
  7. "Sir Kevin O'Donoghue". CityForum Ltd. http://www.cityforum.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=60. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  8. MoD website: Bernard Gray appointed Chief of Defence Materiel
  9. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59732. p. 5306. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  10. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57509. p. 2. 31 December 2004. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  11. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57284. p. 5842. 11 May 2004. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  12. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59058. p. 8060. 12 May 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  13. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58345. p. 8038. 5 June 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  14. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59126. p. 12040. 14 July 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  15. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60163. p. 10780. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2013.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Michael Willcocks
Assistant Chief of the General Staff
Succeeded by
Richard Dannatt
Preceded by
Sir Michael Willcocks
UK Military Representative to NATO
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Wright
Preceded by
Sir Malcolm Pledger
Chief of Defence Logistics
Succeeded by
As Chief of Defence Materiel
Preceded by
Sir Peter Spencer
As Chief of Defence Procurement
Chief of Defence Materiel
Succeeded by
Bernard Gray
Preceded by
As Chief of Defence Logistics
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Scott Grant
Chief Royal Engineer
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Wall
Preceded by
New appointment
Master General of Logistics
Succeeded by
Mark Poffley

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