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Major General (Rtd) Tim Cross, CBE

Major General (Rtd) Tim Cross, CBEGeneral Cross is a logistics expert who has dealt with numerous aid relief situations, including organising refugee camps in Macedonia and Kosovo.

Born in 1951 he was commissioned into the Army in 1971.

In 1975 he completed an in-Service degree and eight years later studied for his MSc in guided weapons at the Army Staff College at Camberley.

Serving in the Gulf as Commander Supply for 1 Armoured Division he was promoted Colonel in late 1992. He became the first Commander Logistic Support of 3 (UK) Division in preparation for the formation of the Royal Logistic Corps in April 1993. Two years later he was promoted Brigadier and after serving in the Balkans he became Director-General Defence Supply Chain in August 2000. He has served on many overseas tours including Northern Ireland, Cyprus and the Gulf. He spent considerable time in Bosnia on two occasions with the NATO-led Implementation Force (I-For) and the Stabilisation Force (S-For). In 1999, as a Brigadier commanding 101 Logistic Brigade, he was deployed to Macedonia, Albania, and Kosovo, and was the UK Joint Force Logistic Component Commander with the security force K-For. He worked alongside the international aid community in both countries, before moving his military force into Kosovo.

In December 1999, he was awarded the CBE for his work in the area, co-ordinating NATO, UNHCR, British, French, German and Italian troops and non-governmental organisations from other nations.

General Cross is married with three children and lists his hobbies as golf, walking, reading and writing.