In 1995, Patrick Cordingley commanded the 12,000 soldiers of the 7th Armoured Brigade, "The Desert Rats" during the first Gulf War, following which he wrote his No1 best-selling book In the Eye of the Storm, an account of leading Britain's largest armoured deployment since 1945. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his leadership and bravery, Patrick continues to be in demand nationally and internationally as a leading commentator on international affairs. He is a visiting scholar at the University of Hull, where he is a Doctor of Science – his subject was decision-making.
In 2007, The Times Chief Sports Reporter wrote; “...if Great Britain does achieve its stated goal of finishing fourth in the Olympic medals table in 2012, we may have to attribute much of the success to... Patrick Cordingley. If you ask a group of the best young sports coaches in the country, they will tell you that they have learnt as much about their trade from this man as any other.'” The results of Team GB and Paralympic Team GB at London 2012 speak for themselves.
Patrick Cordingley joined the Army and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards in 1965, having been educated at Sherborne in Dorset. He saw service in Cyprus, Libya, Germany and Canada before attending the prestigious Army Staff College to which he later returned as an instructor. In 1984, he went to the Antarctic as a member of a small expedition. Patrick has written and lectured on the Antarctic ever since and conducted a study to show how small teams work together in extreme conditions.
After the Gulf War he returned to England to set up the new Combined Arms Training Centre. Ten months later, he was promoted to Major General to command the 2nd Division. From his headquarters in York he controlled 55,000 regular soldiers, territorials and cadets based in the eastern side of England. In 1996 he was posted to Oman to be His Majesty the Sultan's military assistant.
Patrick Cordingley retired from the Army in 2000 and became Chairman of a company as well as Chairman of Defence and Security Forum and the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal. He is a Trustee of the Gilbert White's House and Oates Collection museum, a governor of two schools and a member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers. His interests include military history, whale and dolphin watching, tennis, music and theatre.