Date: Tuesday March 17, 2020 at 8:27am
Today at Headquarters Field Army in Andover, Hampshire, the
first UK female Army reservist to be promoted to the rank of Major General
assumed the appointment of Deputy Commander Field Army.
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
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
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.