Major General Celia Harvey OBE QVRM TD joined the Territorial Army, now the Army Reserve, in 1986 and commissioned at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1987. Initially serving with The Wessex Regiment, she transferred in 1991 to the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
After a tour as Directing Staff at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, she became President of the Territorial Commissions Board in 2005 and worked with the President of the Regular Commissions Board to amalgamate the Boards into the Army Officer Selection Board. A tour as Assistant Director in the Directorate of Personal Services (Army) followed in 2008 and, at the beginning of 2012, she became Assistant Commander 11th Infantry Brigade.
In 2015, she assumed the appointment of Assistant Commander Force Troops Command (the largest Division in the British Army with 40,000 troops including 55% of the Army Reserve and all the deep specialists). In 2018 she became Head of Reserves’ Strategy in Army Headquarters, developing thinking on the wider use of the Army Reserve and Regular Reserve as part of the Whole Force.
Previously a Diversity and Inclusion Advocate, she is now the Defence Champion for Sikhs in the Armed Forces and MoD. She is also Vice President of Army Football. In civilian life, she has followed a career in events management, lecturing at a Business School and authoring academic papers on innovation and entrepreneurship. She has also run her own successful small business. She has recently been appointed as a Tribunal Member of the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Chamber.
Major General Harvey assumed her new post from Major General William O'Leary QVRM TD DL VR and effectively becomes commander of the Army Reserve