Sir Tom Beckett

Advisor to the Board

After a 34-year career in the British Army, Sir Tom Beckett KCB CBE is now a retired Lieutenant General and undertakes the role of Advisor to the Board at Optima.

His previous commands include a parachute battalion, an armoured brigade and deputy-command of a deployable Corps Headquarters with operational experience in countries including Northern Ireland, Kuwait, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan.

His most recent HM Government appointment was as the Defence Senior Advisor to the Middle East and North Africa. He was also the Prime Minister’s Security Envoy to Iraq including the Kurdistan Region. Other notable staff appointments include Deputy Director of the UK’s Higher Command and Staff Course, a senior intelligence appointment in the Headquarters Multi-National Forces – Iraq, Director Commitments of UK Land Forces and Chief of Staff of the ISAF Joint Command.

Tom was awarded a US Legion of Merit in 2007 and received the British honours of CBE in 2010 and KCB in 2018.