The highlights of General Denaro’s 35 years as a soldier were commanding his Regiment in the first Gulf War, being Chief of Staff of some 44,000 multinational troops during the Balkans conflict, and then becoming Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for 3 years. Until December 2002 he was also the Middle East adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence, a position he held for 6 years.
Born in 1948 and raised in County Donegal, he was educated by Benedictine monks at Downside and commissioned from Sandhurst in 1968 into the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars. As a young officer he spent the majority of his time commanding tank troops with the British Army of the Rhine or involved in operations worldwide with UK Special Forces. He took command of the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars in 1989.
Other military appointments have included commanding an armoured brigade in the transition period following the end of the Cold War, being Chief of Staff British Forces Cyprus and running the Artillery, Air and Special Forces assets within the Ace Rapid Reaction Corps in Germany. His final job was as General Officer Commanding the West of the UK until his retirement in February 2003.
He was awarded the OBE in the Gulf War Honours List and the CBE in the Operational Honours List for the Former Yugoslavia. Since leaving the Army, he has been an adviser to the Crown Prince of Bahrain (2003-2008), and currently advises the courts of HM the King of Jordan and the Heir Apparent of Qatar. He assists a number of British companies involved in the Middle East, and sits on the Middle East Advisory Board in the MoD. He is an Ambassador for the AMAR International Charitable Foundation and a trustee for Plant for Peace, a charity focussing on rebuilding Afghanistan. He is chairman of the board of governors at Moor Park School.
He was a Council member of the Prince’s Trust for 10 years and is an Extra Equerry to HRH The Prince of Wales. He is Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Herefordshire.