Colonel Stephen is a General Staff officer from the Royal Regiment of Scotland and has served on operations in Iraq, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Libya.
Colonel Stephen Cartwright was commissioned into the Royal Highland Fusiliers in 1990. He served with the Battalion in Cambridge and Fallingbostel, Germany before deploying to Belize, the Gulf War, Northern Ireland and Bosnia. After a tour as a platoon commander at Sandhurst, he returned to Germany to command an armoured infantry company, exercising in Poland and Canada, before taking his company to Kosovo in 1999.
After attending the Joint Command and Staff College, he commanded Support Company 1 RHF in Fort George, which deployed to Northern Ireland as an operations company in support of the South Armagh Battalion. A staff tour as the military assistant to Commander Field Army at HQ Land followed; this included a three month tour to the Multi-National Force (Iraq) HQ in Baghdad.
He has been a member of the directing staff on both the Intermediate and Advanced Command and Staff Courses. He commanded 3 SCOTS in Fort George, deploying to Afghanistan in the air assault role. As a staff officer in Joint Force HQ during the Arab Spring, he travelled extensively in the Middle East and East Africa, including leading the NEO extraction team on HMS Cumberland to Libya.
On promotion to Colonel, he delivered two key projects restructuring the army and was appointed Commander Army Engagement Group in July 2014. His preferred sports are golf, kite-surfing, sailing and he likes to sing when ever the opportunity arises.