Major General Roddy Porter MBE FCMI


Major General Roddy Porter was educated at Sherborne School, the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (where he read for a BA (Honours) degree in German and Medieval History). After 31 years in the British Army, in which he served in Northern Ireland, twice in Bosnia with the UN and twice in Iraq with US forces, he assumed the appointment of Director-General, The Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) in October 2011. He was appointed MBE for services in Bosnia and decorated by the Americans in 2009 for services in Iraq.

General Porter is married to Marianne, a languages and music teacher; they have three sons. General Porter enjoys most sports, especially golf, cricket, dinghy sailing and rugby. He is a Deputy President of the Army Rugby Union and a Vice Chairman of the Army Rugby Union Referees’ Society and the Combined Services Rugby Referees’ Federation. His interests include: ancient, medieval and military history; architecture; reading; gardening and walking. He is a keen musician, a (rank) amateur violinist and self-taught saxophonist and folk guitarist; he also sings whenever he can find time. He is a patron or trustee of a number of small charities.