Chief of the General Staff (United Kingdom)

Chief of the General Staff (CGS) has been the title of the professional head of the British Army since 1964. The CGS is a member of both the Chiefs of Staff Committee and the Army Board. Prior to 1964 the title was Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS). Since 1959, the post has been immediately subordinate to the Chief of the Defence Staff, the post held by the professional head of the British Armed Forces.

Chief of General Staff
Flag of the Chief of the General Staff
Incumbent
General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith

since 12 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
AbbreviationCGS
Member ofDefence Council
Army Board
Reports toChief of the Defence Staff
NominatorSecretary of State for Defence
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNo fixed length
PrecursorCommander-in-Chief of the Forces
Formation1904, 1964
First holderSir Neville Lyttelton
DeputyDeputy Chief of the General Staff

The current Chief of the General Staff is General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, having succeeded his predecessor–General Sir Nick Carter–in June 2018.