Royal Air Force
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Air Marshal Graham Stacey was born in London in 1959 and was commissioned into the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1980 after reading Chemistry at Leeds University. On completion of RAF Regiment training he spent much of the early part of his career in Air Defence, serving at RAF Wildenrath and RAF Lossiemouth and with the Royal Artillery prior to 2 years Loan Service with the Indonesian Army. Following command of 54 & 15 Sqn RAF Regt he served as a Liaison Officer at the UK Defence Research Agency working within the Counter-Terrorist Explosives Detection and Countermeasures field and was a desk officer in the UK Ministry of Defence Joint Service Operational Requirements branch. In 1994 he attended the UK Army Staff College and, on completion of the course, was promoted to Wing Commander and posted to Headquarters Air Command as a policy and programmes staff officer. In 1997 he spent 10 months on the staff of Carl Bildt, the then High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina and in 1998 he took command of No 1 RAF Tactical Survive to Operate (Force Protection) Headquarters. In an eventful 18 months the Headquarters completed 2 Iraqi Southern Watch tours, led the establishment of the RAF Detachment at Ali al Salem, Kuwait and provided the framework for the activation of the airfield at Pristina, Kosovo.
Promoted to Group Captain in 1999 he returned to the Ministry of Defence to take post as an Assistant Director within the Directorate of Joint Warfare. He took command of RAF Honington, a large airbase in eastern England, in 2001. This tour included a mid-term 4-month ‘sabbatical’ to command the multinational ISAF 1 Detachment at Kabul Airfield. He departed Honington in June 2003 and immediately took up post as the Deputy Senior British Military Representative (Iraq) based within CJTF-7 in Baghdad, closely involved with the creation of the Coalition Provisional Authority immediately post-conflict. He was promoted to Air Commodore in post and subsequently served as ACOS J7/Director Joint Warfare Training Centre within the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters before joining NATO Joint Forces Command Brunssum to lead the J3 Ops Division. He departed Brunssum in 2008 on promotion to AVM and joined US CENTRAL COMMAND (Tampa) as Senior British Military Advisor to General David Petraeus and the Headquarters. On 5 November 2010, he was appointed Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas and Commander British Forces Cyprus. On promotion to Air Marshal in 2012 he returned to Brunssum to be the Deputy Commander.
Operational service includes Belize, Falkland Islands, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, The Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan in a variety of command, staff and advisory positions. His military education includes an MA (Kings London), the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS), UK Higher Command and Staff College (HCSC), the Op modules of the US Capstone and Pinnacle programmes and attendance at the NATO Steadfast Pinnacle course. He is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, recently relinquished the position of senior mentor to the RAF’s OF5 Leadership Development Programme and is the Service vice president of RAFA Overseas.
Stacey was awarded an MBE for services in Indonesia, a QCVS for Op DESERT FOX, was appointed a Companion of the Order of Bath in 2011 and was awarded Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2017. Overseas awards include the Bundeswehr cross in gold. His partner, Maria Stuttaford, is an academic specialising in the right to health. He has two adult children. His interests include cycling, walking, squash, cooking and rugby and he is involved with a number of Service charities.
Stacey took up post as Chief of Staff NATO Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Va. in December 2015.