Tim Cross was born in 1951 and commissioned in 1971, having spent two years at Welbeck College and two further years at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. His first tour was in Germany with the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR), after which he completed an In-Service Degree at the Royal Military College of Science. A tour with 22 Air Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery, as they received Rapier, was followed by the Ammunition Technical Officers course and a tour in Northern Ireland on EOD/IED and inspectorate duties. Moving back to BAOR he was Adjutant of 1 Ordnance Battalion and then had a tour with the UN in Cyprus. Completing an MSc in Guided Weapons (GW) he then attended the Army Staff College as a student in 1982/83. After Camberley he moved to Paris to assume a Tri-National GW appointment on the Milan anti-tank programme.
Company Command within 1 Ordnance Battalion was followed by a return to Camberley as a member of the directing staff in February 1988; having taught for a year he took over as the SO1 G3 Training/Plans and was heavily involved in a complete overhaul of the Army Command and Staff Course. Moving back to BAOR in September 1990 he assumed Command of 1 Ordnance Battalion and, in a double-hatted appointment, was Commander Supply 1 Armoured Division; it was in the latter capacity that he moved, with the Divisional HQ, to the Gulf for Operation Granby. Completing his tour in late 1992 he was promoted to Colonel and became the first Commander Logistic Support of 3 (UK) Division, in time for the formation of the Royal Logistic Corps in April 1993.
He attended the Higher Command and Staff Course in early 1995, was selected for promotion to Brigadier and moved to Andover as the Director of Materiel Supply and Distribution (Army) in February 1996, having handed over to his successor in Bosnia, with IFOR on Op Resolute. In March 97 he assumed the appointment of Director, Materiel Support (Army) as a result of changes within HQ QMG.
In December 1997 he took over command of HQ (UK) NSE with SFOR on Op Lodestar and, at the same time, assumed command of CSSG (UK), retitled 101 Logistic Brigade in June 1999.
In January 1999 101 Logistic Brigade deployed to Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo; as Commander he was the Joint Force Logistic Component Commander for the UK Contribution to KFOR, and was appointed CBE in the subsequent operational awards. He handed over command in January 2000 and attended the Royal College of Defence Studies until assuming the appointment of Director General Defence Supply Chain in August 2000.
In October 2002 he became involved in the planning for operations in Iraq (Op Telic) and subsequently deployed to Washington, Kuwait and Baghdad as the Deputy in the US led Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Affairs, later re-titled as the Coalition Provisional Authority. He returned in July 2003, took over as Team Leader of the End-to-End Implementation Team in September 2003, and was appointed GOC Theatre Troops in October 2004 before retiring in January 2007.
He is married to Christine and they have three children; Alexander, a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy, Gemma, who lives in Aldershot, and Stephen, at college in Farnborough; he also has two grandsons, Daniel and Harry. He is a licensed lay reader in the Church of England and a Trustee of the British and Foreign Bible Society. As well as being engaged with a number of Christian and secular organisation, including International NGOs, he is a Visiting Professor at two universities and Defence Adviser to a number of UK/international companies and the House of Commons Defence Committee. His hobbies include golf, sailing, walking and reading/writing, having had a number of articles and book chapters published.
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