Patrick Cordingley commanded the 7th Armoured Brigade - the Desert Rats - during the 1991 Gulf War. His huge tank formation led the British and American attack which breached the Iraqi defences. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his bravery and leadership.  


In 1996 he was appointed Military Advisor to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos of Oman. Patrick retired from the Army in 2000 and was Chairman of a high-tech telecommunications company for 7 years.


He is Chairman of Defence and Security Forum, chairman and vice-chairman of two schools and appeal chairman of the National Memorial Arboretum. He has also been Master of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers and a visiting scholar at the University of Hull, where he is a Master of Science.


He has written two best-selling books and has made regular appearances on television and radio, commentating on defence and strategic issues. He is a successful motivational speaker, talking on such subjects as leadership, team-building and decision-making.