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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Name  David Cranston
Rank  Brigadier
Years of service  1966–1995
Service/branch  British Army

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Born  20 October 1945 (age 70) (1945-10-20)
Unit  Royal Artillery Army Air Corps
Commands held  Commander, 4 Regiment, Army Air Corps (1986-1988) Chief of Staff, 2nd Infantry Division(1988-1990) Commander, British Army Aviation, Germany (1990-1992) Deputy, Head of Mission, European Union Monitoring Mission to the former Yugoslavia (1992) Deputy Commander, Multinational Airmobile Division, Germany (1994-1995)

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Brigadier David Alan Cranston, CBE (born 20 October 1945) is a retired senior British Army officer. He was Director General of the National Association of Pension Funds from 2000-2001.


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David Cranston was educated at Strathallan School in Perthshire and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.


Following graduation Cranston was promoted from officer cadet to 2nd lieutenant with The Royal Artillery on the 29 July 1966. He was promoted to lieutenant on the 29 January 1968, captain on the 29 July 1972, and major on the 31 December 1977. Cranston transferred from the Royal Artillery to the Army Air Corps on the 1 January 1979.

In 1983 Cranston served as Chief of Staff at the headquarters of British Forces in Belize. On the 30 June 1984 he was promoted to lieutenant colonel. From 1984-1986 he was based at RMCS Shrivenham. In 1986 he was appointed Commander of 4 Regiment, Air Army Corps and in 1988 Chief of Staff of the 2nd Infantry Division. On the 31 December 1990 he was promoted to brigadier. From 1990-1992 he was Commander of British Army Aviation in Germany.

In 1992 he was appointed Deputy, Head of Mission of the European Union Monitoring Mission to the former Yugoslavia. On the 12 June 1993 he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. From 1994-1995 Cranston was Deputy Commander of the Multinational Airmobile Division based in Germany. He retired from the Army on 14 May 1995.

Executive appointments

  • Head of Member Relations, Personal Investment Authority, 1995-1997.
  • Head of Group Compliance, The Royal Bank of Scotland, 1997-2000.
  • Director General of the National Association of Pension Funds, 2000-2001.
  • Non-Executive Director, Voller Energy Group Plc, 2005-2009.
  • Non-Executive Director, Skandia UK, 2002-2008.
  • Non-Executive Director, National Olympic Committee, 2001-2010.
  • Member of the Executive Board, British Olympic Association, 2007-2010.
  • Chairman, British Biathlon Union, 1996-2011.
  • References

    David Cranston Wikipedia

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