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Colonel-in-Chief, of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
HRH the Duke of Kent KG, KCMG, GCVO, ADC (P)

“My family have had a close association with the Fusiliers for some 200 years. My grandfather, King George V and my father the late Duke of Kent were both Colonels in Chief of the Regiment."

Our Colonel of the Regiment – Farewell and Welcome
Handover of the Colonel of the Regiment – 1 September 2020
Thanks and farewell to Maj Gen PAE Nanson CB CBE

A person sitting on a table Description automatically generated 1st of September marks the date when the current Colonel of the Regiment, Major General PAE Nanson CB CBE

hands over the Colonelcy to Brigadier J Swift OBE.

“On behalf of all serving and veteran Fusiliers and their families and our Fusilier Cadet community, I want to publicly thank General Paul for the last 5 years as the Colonel of the Regiment. During his tenure both he and Lu have worked tirelessly on behalf of the Regiment.

The Regiment is in good heart and recognised for its professionalism, dedication and doing things the Fusilier way. Our reputation and profile are very high across the Army and we are in a good position today to accept any challenges that come our way. The fact that we are in this position is down to the leadership and guidance that General Paul has provided.

All members of the Regiment wish General Paul, Lu, Milly and Henry the very best for the future and for the new challenges ahead of them.

Due to the Covid 19 restrictions the Regiment has not be able to formally thank and say farewell to General Paul and Lu. Once the Covid 19 situation becomes clearer it is intended to have a formal farewell to both General Paul and Lu.”

Col JW Denny MBE, Regt Sec
Welcome to Brigadier J Swift OBE

Brigadier Jon Swift has been a Fusilier since 1995, with a wealth of experience to call on.

After Commissioning into the Fusiliers in 1995, he deployed as a Platoon Commander to Bosnia and Northern Ireland. After further time in Province as a company operations officer, he moved to 2 FUSILIERS as an armoured infantry company second in command. This was followed by two memorable years as an instructor at the RMA Sandhurst.

On returning to 1 FUSILIERS, he completed tours as the Operations Officer and Officer Commanding the Recce Group in 2002, deploying in that role for Op TELIC 1. Moving from one desert to another, this was followed by a year as the British exchange officer at the US Army National Training Centre in California. He was awarded the US Meritorious Service Medal in 2004.

In 2006 he was posted to Afghanistan to command A Company 2 FUSILIERS on Op HERRICK 4; he was Mentioned in Despatches in 2007. Company command was followed by two appointments in the MOD, including as Military Assistant to the Master General of the Ordnance and Director Battlespace Manoeuvre.

On promotion in 2010, he deployed to Afghanistan as Commander of the BASTION Training Centre.Subsequent command of 1 FUSILIERS included Op HERRICK 18 in 2013, deploying as Transition Support Unit Nahr-e Saraj for which he was awarded the OBE. In 2014 he returned to capability development, first as the senior requirements manager for armoured vehicles in the DE&S and then as the Assistant Head for Capability Plans in Army HQ.

He commanded 38 (Irish) Brigade in September 2017 for two years before becoming Head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability at HQ Army in October 2019.

We all look forward to supporting and working with Brig Jon.

Regimental Secretary

Colonel (Retd) James Denny was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 1980.  His staff posts include Deputy Chief of Staff 3 Infantry Brigade (for which he was awarded the MBE), Lt Col Directing Staff the JSCSC, SO1 J3 Land Joint Force Headquarters (PJHQ), Director of Studies at the Kuwaiti Command and Staff College, COS 5th Division and latterly he was the Senior British Liaison Officer, establishing and then commanding the British Military Training Team, Jordan.  

He has commanded an Armoured Infantry Company in 2nd Fusiliers between 1997 to 2008, was Commanding Officer of 2nd Fusiliers between 2001 and 2003 and was COMBRITFOR OP HERRICK in 2005.  Operationally he has served in Northern Ireland (in every rank from 2Lt to Lt Col), Cyprus, the Balkans, Op GRANBY, Iraq, Ivory Coast and Afghanistan. He retired from the Regular Army on 13 February 2016 having completed his last years of service as the Garrison Commander for Tidworth, Netheravon and Bulford.  He asumed the appointment of  Regimental Secretary of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers on the 15th February 2016.

He is married to Nancy, and they have two children.  He is an improving golf player, a keen but indifferent shot and has been told that he is an excellent cook.



Capt Andy Harris
Assistant Regimental Secretary
standing next to a photo of his Grandfather Maj Gen Surtees in the
Fusiliers Museum Bury

The Four Area Colonels
Brigadier M Butterwick
Colonel C S Calder OBE
City of London


Col Jim Taylor MBE

Colonel of Heritage

Col Brian Gorski MBE DL

The Four Area Chairmen

Alan Noble

Handover of the Colonel of the Regiment – 1 September 2020
Thanks and farewell to Maj Gen PAE Nanson CB CBE
Colonel of the Regiment

Major General Paul Nanson CBE

A short biography of Major General P A E Nanson CBE, Colonel of the Regiment. 

Major General Paul Nanson was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire and educated at Merchant Taylors’ School Crosby, Runshaw Tertiary College and Sandhurst.  He was commissioned into the Territorial Army in 1984 and then into the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 1986. His early service was spent at Regimental Duty as Platoon Commander, Adjutant and Company Commander with 3rd Fusiliers and 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment.

Following Staff College he was Chief of Staff to 102 Logistics Brigade, based in Gutersloh, Germany, before returning to the 1st Fusiliers and Command of Y Company.  On promotion he was posted to the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) where he taught on the inaugural Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Land) and then to command of 1st Fusiliers based in Celle, Germany.  He then was made Chief of Staff for 1st (UK) Armoured Division before taking command of 7th Armoured Brigade, ‘The Desert Rats’, in January 2011. Following brigade command, he spent 12 months serving with the US Marine Corps as Deputy Commander Regional Command (South West) in Helmand, Afghanistan.  In April 2014 he returned to JSCSC as Director Army Division.  He has been Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst since September 2015.

He has served on operations in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Kuwait and Iraq (Op GRANBY), Bosnia, Iraq (Op TELIC) and Afghanistan (Op VERITAS and HERRICK).

He attended the Advance Command and Staff Course in 1998 and the Higher Command and Staff Course in 2010.  He holds a Masters degree in Defence Technology (Cranfield University).

He is Colonel of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and a trustee of the Desert Rats Association.

Married to Louise (Lu), he has two children, Milly and Henry. He enjoys hockey and running, especially with the family (when he can convince them that it is fun), hill walking in the Lake District, cooking and motor cycling – although he is no longer allowed to possess a motorbike! 


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Chairmans Meeting 14th March 2013

Left to Right Camera Shy Andy Harris, Tony Adamson, Chester Potts, Ian Brazier, Mike Glover,
John Turquand, Bryan Whalley, and Mick Moran.

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Capt (retd) ARG Harris
Assistant Regimental Secretary