Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR)
General Sir James Everard was born on 23 September 1962 in Leicestershire. He commissioned into the 17th/21st Lancers in 1983 and spent his formative years in the British Army on the Rhine (BAOR), on the Chieftain & Challenger Main Battle Tank (MBT), and the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance Tracked (CVR(T)) Scorpion. He served as a Captain at the US National Training Centre (NTC) and Ministry of Defence (MOD) before attending the Army Command and Staff Course in 1992. He returned to Germany as the Chief of Staff of the 4th Armoured Brigade in 1994. In this role he deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1995 with the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), and subsequently in 1996 with the NATO-led Implementation Force (IFOR). After two-years as a Squadron Leader in Germany and Canada he become the Military Assistant to the Commander, Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC). He deployed to Kosovo as part of Kosovo Force (KFOR) for the implementation of Operation JOINT GUARDIAN. From 2000-2002 he commanded the Queen’s Royal Lancers in Germany, deploying with the Regiment as Commanding Officer (CO), Sector 2, of the United Nation Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and then to Kosovo, as CO UK Battle-group North (KFOR).
After two-years at the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff J5, responsible for Iraq and Afghanistan, he attended the UK Higher Command & Staff Course. This was followed in 2005 by a six-month deployment to the Pentagon as the UK Chief of Defence Staff Liaison Officer to the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff. He then commanded the 20th Armoured Brigade in Paderborn, Germany, taking the Brigade to Iraq in 2006. After a period as the Assistant Chief of Staff (Commitments) at Headquarters Land Forces he moved to command the UK 3rd Division between 2009-2011 responsible for the preparation of UK brigades deploying to Afghanistan. He then served between 2011 – 2013 as the Assistant Chief of the General Staff in the Ministry of Defence, before promoting to Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Military Strategy and Operations). In 2014 he left the MOD to become Commander Field Army. He moved to the post of Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe in March 2017.
He was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in 1996 and 2007, appointed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2000, Commander (CBE) in 2005, and was Knighted in 2015. He is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, and remains a strong advocate for diversity having served as the Patron of the Army LGBT Forum from 2010-2016.
An avid reader of military history, he also has a keen interest in military symbology and collects badges from around the world. He enjoys walking with his dogs, swimming, skiing, and shooting. He is married with three children.