Major General Patrick Cordingley

Patrick Cordingley commanded the Desert Rats, (the 7th Armoured Brigade), during the Gulf War. His huge tank formation led the British and American attack which breached the Iraqi defences in February 1991. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his bravery and leadership.

A short time later, after a brief spell setting up a combined arms training centre at Warminster, he was promoted to command the Second Division, made fup of some 50,000 regular and TA soldiers, with its headquarter in York.

In July 1996 he was appointed Military Advisor to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos of Oman. Apart from professional advice, including devising a procurement plan for all the three services, this post required considerable political acumen, sensitivity to domestic and international pressures and diplomacy.

Patrick retired from the army in September 2000 and is now chairman of a company, chairman of the trustees of two museums, governor of a manor public school, member of the Court of Ironmongers and honoury colonel of two army units. In his spare time he is undertaking a PhD entitled 'Decision Making in the Gulf Region During times of Crisis'.

In August 1996 he published In The Eye Of The Storm, his own account of leading Britain's biggest armoured deployment since D-day in 1944. It was very well received by the critics and immediately became a best seller. It spans every aspect of his responsibilities from covering the tiniest detail through to the importance of being positive and inspiring confidence.

Since the Gulf War. Patrick Cordingley has been much in demand as a speaker around the world, talking on such subjects as leadership, team-building and decision-making. In 1997 he was voted by Sema, the international software company, as one of the two best public speakers they had ever heard.





DSF Executive


Lady Olga Maitland                     

President (Biography)


Rt.Hon. Lord Mayhew of Twysden         

Vice President (Biography)


Major General Patrick Cordingley 



Colonel Philip Howes, OBE             

Treasurer and Trustee (Biography)


Honorary Patrons


Rt. Hon Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham

Rt. Hon. Baroness Blatch CBE

Baroness Cox

Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt

General Sir Michael Gow GCB

Rt Hon. The Earl of Lauderdale

Rt. Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick

Sir Alfred Sherman

Professor Norman Stone

Rt. Hon. Sir John Wheeler, JP, DL