Amongst a number of appointments during his 35 years as a soldier, Major General Denaro commanded his Regiment in the first Gulf War, was Chief of Staff of some 44,000 multinational troops during the Balkans conflict, and then became Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for 3 years. For his last 6 years he was also the Middle East adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence.
Born in 1948 and raised in County Donegal, he was commissioned from Sandhurst in 1968 into the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars; he also spent time with UK Special Forces.
Other appointments 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 General Officer Commanding the West of the UK until his retirement in February 2003.
He has recently finished 5 year honorary appointments as Colonel The Queen’s Royal Hussars, The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars and The Royal Wessex Yeomanry.
Denaro became an OBE as a result of the Gulf War in 1991 and a CBE after his time in the Former Yugoslavia.
Since retiring from the army in 2003, he has been an adviser to the Crown Prince of Bahrain, a council member of the Princes’ Trust and an Extra Equerry to HRH The Prince of Wales. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Herefordshire.
Major General Denaro is married to Maggi and they have 5 children; their eldest daughter retired from the army in 2005 having done one tour in Iraq, and their youngest son is served in Iraq in 2009 with the Queens Royal Hussars. The other two daughters are married to officers currently serving in Afghanistan.