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Commissioned into the Corps of Royal Engineers in 1981, Major General Burley spent his early years serving in Germany and playing a lot of sport. He has subsequently filled a number of training posts at Sandhurst, Warminster, Sennelager and the Staff College and a tour in Hong Kong prior to its handover. He commanded a squadron in a mechanised brigade, a regiment in an armoured brigade and the Army’s engineer brigade. Operational command tours include Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. As Commander of 8 Force Engineer Brigade he also held the port-folios of CRE Field Army and CJO’s Standing Joint Force Engineer. During his tenure the Brigade built Camp Bastion as well as the hardening of the COB in Basra.

He is a graduate of the Army Staff Course and the Higher Command and Staff Course. Recent staff appointments include DACOS Organisation in HQ LAND (primarily implementing Future Army Structures), at 1* as Commander of the Operational Support Group (primarily delivering mission specific training for Op TELIC and HERRICK) and subsequently COS in the LWC (to implement its restructuring). Whilst at LWC he was also the Director ISTAR Land and the 1* Land Forces lead for Counter IED. He completed just over a year as Director of the Advanced Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, and assumed his current post as GOC Theatre Troops in March 2011. He was appointed Representative Colonel Commandant Corps of Royal Engineers in May 2011 and Honorary Colonel Engineer and Logistic Staff Corps in July 2011.

Married to Jayne, they have two grown-up children. A sports enthusiast, Major General Burley now spends most of his spare time watching sport from the either the terraces or an armchair. Decades ago he boxed for the Army and played rugby for the Corps of Royal Engineers and has international rugby colours for Hong Kong. He is Chairman of Army Rugby.

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