Surgeon-General (United Kingdom)

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Surgeon-General of the British Armed Forces
Martin Bricknell

since 2018
Defence Medical Services
Inaugural holder Nigel Mills
Formation 1990
Website Defence Medical Services

The Surgeon-General (SG) is the senior medical officer of the British Armed Forces; the post is held by the senior of the three individual service medical directors.

The Surgeon General is the Defence Authority for Healthcare within the Defence Medical Services Department which is the headquarters for the Defence Medical Services.

As of 2018 the Surgeon-General is Martin Bricknell, an Army Officer.[1]

List of Surgeons-General since 1990

Rank Name Post nominals Years in office
Air Marshal Sir Nigel Mills KBE, QHP, FRCGP, FRCP 1990–1991[2]
Lieutenant General Sir Peter Beale KBE, QHP, FRCP 1991–1994[3]
Surgeon Vice Admiral Anthony Revell CB, QHS, FRCS 1994–1997[4]
Air Marshal Sir John Baird KBE, DL, QHS, FRAeS, FRCPE 1997–2000[5]
Lieutenant General Robert Menzies CB, OBE, QHS 2000–2002[6]
Surgeon Vice Admiral Ian Jenkins CB, CVO, CStJ, QHS, FRCS 2002–2006[7]
Lieutenant General Louis Lillywhite CB, MBE, CStJ, QHP, FRCP 2006–2009[8]
Surgeon Vice Admiral Philip Raffaelli CB, CStJ, QHP, FRCP 2009–2012[1]
Air Marshal Paul Evans CB, OStJ, QHP 2012–2015[9]
Surgeon Vice Admiral Alasdair Walker CB, OBE, OStJ, QHS, FRCS 2015 – 2018[10]
Lieutenant General Martin Bricknell QHP 2018 –


  1. ^ a b "Ministry of Defence: Defence Medical Services". Retrieved 2013-04-27.
  2. ^ ‘MILLS, Air Marshal Sir Nigel (Holroyd)’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 Who was Who, accessed 26 April 2011
  3. ^ Letters to the Editor 15 Mar 2007 The Telegraph
  4. ^ Gulf War Illnesses Archived 2011-10-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Winds of Destruction Archived 2009-01-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Lieutenant General RC Menzies (b. 1944) Kilmarnock Academy
  7. ^ Obituary The Telegraph
  8. ^ Louis Lillywhite MOD
  9. ^ Defence Medical Services, Ministry of Defence
  10. ^ "No. 61488". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 February 2016. p. 1994.

External links

  • Defence Medical Services – HQ Surgeon General
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