Rear Admiral John Kingwell CBEJohn Kingwell joined the Royal Navy in 1984. He had four sea commands: the patrol vessel Pursuer, the frigate Argyll, the Assault Ship Albion and the RN Task Group off Libya in 2011. He also served in the Ministry of Defence on four occasions.
Promoted to Rear Admiral in 2013 he became the Director of the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) – the MOD’s independent strategic think tank. In 2016 he became the Deputy Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies and his final role before leaving the service in 2020 was as Commandant.