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Sir Kevin O'Donoghue
Born 9 December 1947 (1947-12-09) (age 62)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1968 – present
Rank General
Commands held Chief of Defence Materiel
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue KCB, CBE (born 9 December 1947) is a senior British military commander and current Chief of Defence Materiel.[1]



He joined the Royal Engineers in 1968 on a Territorial Army commission while at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. In 1971, after approximately two years as a troop commander in 75 Engineer Regiment (Volunteers),[2 ] he converted to a Regular Commission and spent the next 5 years in the British Army of the Rhine.[3]

In 1976, he moved to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as an instructor. He then attended the Canadian Forces' Command and Staff Course in Toronto before being posted to the Ministry of Defence as Military Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff.[3]

After a return to Germany to support 7th Armoured Brigade, he was a member of the Directing Staff for the Army Staff Course. Command of 25 Engineer Regiment included a deployment to the Falkland Islands. He then attended the Higher Command and Staff Course in 1990 and was promoted to Brigadier and assumed the appointment of Commander Corps Royal Engineers 1 (British) Corps (which became Chief Engineer Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps) and Commander Hameln Garrison.[3]

In 1993 he attended the NATO Defence College in Rome, before moving to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe to become the Director of Staff Operations. He was promoted to Major General in April 1996 on appointment as Chief of Staff, Headquarters Quartermaster General, following which he moved to the Ministry of Defence to become the Assistant Chief of the General Staff.[3]

He was promoted to Lieutenant General and became the United Kingdom’s Military Representative to NATO, the EU and WEU. He then served as Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Health), responsible for the Defence Medical Services, from 2002 to 2004.[3]

He became Chief of Defence Logistics on 1 January 2005. When the Defence Logistics Organisation merged with the Defence Procurement Agency on 2 April 2007, he became the first Chief of Defence Materiel.[3]

Personal life

O'Donoghue has a wife named Jean and together they have three daughters. His hobbies include dog walking, reading military history and gardening.[3]

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Scott Grant
Chief Royal Engineer
2004 – 2009
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Wall


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