Paul Martin Bennett CB, CBE


Attended Hymers College:


What makes this nominee inspiring?

Vice Admiral Paul Bennett, CB, OBE is a senior Royal Navy officer and currently serves as Chief of Staff of NATO Allied Command Transformation.

Educated at Hymers College and Newcastle University, Bennett joined the Royal Navy in 1985. He trained as a navigator before being given command of the minehunter HMS Atherstone in 1998, the destroyer HMS Exeter in 1999 and the destroyer HMS Daring in 2008. He became Commander Amphibious Task Group in May 2009, Commodore Naval Personnel Strategy in January 2011 and Director of the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre in February 2013. After that he became Chief of Staff at Joint Forces Command in September 2013 and Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Capability) and Controller of the Navy in May 2016. He was made Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces in November 2017, which was followed by appointment as Chief of Staff of NATO Allied Command Transformation in July 2018.

Bennett was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2007 Birthday Honours, and a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 2016 Birthday Honours.