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Meet the Speaker: Colonel Lucy Giles BSc MA PGCE Hon LLD

Thursday 26 August, 2021

Colonel Lucy Giles will be one of the speakers for our Public Sector & Civil Service Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Summit 2021

Colonel Lucy Giles was commissioned in 1992 after studying at Exeter University.  Early regimental duty in the newly formed Royal Logistic Corps included postings within Germany, UK, and South Africa with deployments to Bosnia in the 1990s, East Timor, and Sierra Leone.  After gaining her Masters's and completing the Advanced Command and Staff Course from 2001-03, she was posted to HQ Northern Ireland.


She commanded 47 Air Despatch Squadron enabling operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other parts of the world.  She also led a training sub-unit prior to her appointment as an instructor at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in 2011.  Here she focussed on command, leadership, and management, represented the College in military ethics and leadership development gaining her PGCE in 2013.


Appointed Commander of New College RMAS in January 2015, she received an entry into the Debretts’ People of the Day in 2016.  She won the ‘Inspirational’ and ‘Woman of the Year awards at the inaugural Women in Defence event in October 2016 and received an honorary doctorate from Exeter University for services to the military in July 2017.  Promoted in 2018, she is the 36th President of the Army Officer Selection Board in Westbury.


Outside of the Army, Lucy is an ambassador for First Women UK, a mentor for teachers within girls’ schools, a Girl Guiding ambassador, a Freeman of the City of London (Worshipful Company of Farriers), a Director for the Foundation for Leadership through Sport, a member of the FA’s Technical Advisory Board and is on the Governing Body for Women in Defence.

Lucy is married to Nick and they have two children; Jess and Alex.  She enjoys singing, a bit of drama, chairs the UK Armed Forces orienteering organisation and aims to complete the Marathon es Sables in 2021.

She will be speaking at the 'Why creating an inclusive culture is a business imperative' session is taking place on Wednesday 22nd September.


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