Deputy Chief of Staff - Plans
Major General Ian Cave, British Army
Major General Ian Cave commissioned into The Royal Welch Fusiliers in 1988. His initial appointment was as a rifle platoon commander in Northern Ireland (1989-1989), then OC Recce Platoon in Berlin (1989-1992). Other early appointments included: six months with BMATT Zimbabwe (1993); Adjutant; then Ops Officer 1 RWF.
Thereafter he was assigned to the US Army Joint Readiness Training Centre for two years (1996-1997) as an Observer/Controller. On return from the USA, he studied for a Masters in Defence Administration (1999) prior to completing the Advanced Command and Staff Course, after which he served at the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters in J5 Plans. Thereafter he commanded a rifle company in The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment and completed: an operational tour in NI (2002); then a tour to Iraq (2004).
On promotion to Lt Col in 2005 he served in the MOD working on the Iraq Information Strategy. He assumed command of 1 CHESHIRE in 2006 with the battalion on operations in NI. Time in command also included a second tour to Iraq (2007).
On promotion to Colonel in 2008 he assumed the appointment of Assistant Director Commitments at HQ Land Forces and completed the Higher Command and Staff Course (2009). On promotion to Brigadier in 2011 he assumed command of the Initial Training Group where he was responsible for delivery of recruit training. He then spent 2013 in Kabul as Chief CJ5, HQ ISAF prior to assuming the appointment of Director Training (Army) in April 2014. He assumed his current appointment in July 2015.
Major General Cave is married to Caroline and has two teenage daughters.