The Lord Stirrup

Air Chief Marshal Graham Eric "Jock" Stirrup, Baron Stirrup, received his commission with the RAF in 1970.  From 1971 to 1984, he held various flying appointments in the UK, Middle East and USA.  In 1985 he received a command appointment as Officer Commanding No. 2 Squadron, based in Germany, and then in 1987 was appointed Personal Staff Officer to the Chief of the Air Staff. 

From 1994 to 1997, he served as Director of Air Force Plans and Programmes with the Ministry of Defence, before becoming Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group RAF and then from 1998 to 2000, Assistant Chief of Air Staff. 

Appointed Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Strike Command in 2000 and Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Equipment Capability) in 2002, he became Chief of Air Staff in 2003 and Chief of Defence Staff from 2006 to 2010.

He was made a Life Peer as Baron of Marylebone in the City of Westminster and since 2011 has sat as a crossbencher in the House of Lords.