|Lieutenant General Ridgway was sworn in as Her
Majesty's Lieutenant Governor for Jersey on 14 June 2006. |
He was born in 1950
and was educated at Hele's School Exeter, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
and St Johns College Cambridge. He was commissioned in 1970 into the Royal Tank
Regiment and served with the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment in Germany and Northern Ireland
as a troop leader equipped with Chieftain Tanks and armoured reconnaissance vehicles.
He qualified as a helicopter pilot in 1974 and commanded the 1st Royal Tank Regiment
Air Squadron in Central America and Northern Ireland.
He attended the Army
Staff College Camberley in 1982. He commanded the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment and
the 7th Armoured Brigade - the Desert Rats, and was the commander of UN Forces
in Central Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1994. He has served in the Ministry of Defence
as Colonel Army Programmes running the Army budget, as the first Director of Operational
Capability and the first Director General of Training and Education. He has also
been employed as the Chief of Joint Force Operations which included service with
the US led Coalition Task Force in Kuwait. He was the Chief of Staff of the NATO
ACE Rapid Reaction Corps and Chief of Staff of Kosovo Force for the entry into
Kosovo in 1999. His last military appointment was as Chief of Defence Intelligence
and Deputy Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee.
His overseas service
has included duty in Germany, Northern Ireland, Belize, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Kuwait, Macedonia and Kosovo.
He was appointed CBE in 1995 and CB in 2001
and awarded a QCVS in 2000. He received the US Defense Intelligence Agency award
in 2005. He was admitted as a Commander Brother in the Order of St John in December
He is married to Valerie, a professional housewife and mother, and
has four children and two granddaughters and one grandson. He is Honorary Colonel
of Cambridge University Officer Training Corps and a keen support of the British
Bobsleigh Association. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic
Studies and the Royal United Services Institute. His interests include skiing,
bobsleighing, fly-fishing, surfing and golf, which he is hoping to improve.