Brigadier Hugh Robertson

Brigadier Hugh Robertson QVRM TD VR, Reserve Forces 2030 Report: Implementation Team Head, Ministry of Defence

Brigadier Hugh Robertson enlisted into the Territorial Army in 1984 joining the Royal Corps of Signals and initially serving with 94 (Berkshire Yeomanry) Signal Squadron in Windsor as a Signalman.  He was commissioned in March 1988 and continued to serve with the Squadron until 1996 when he moved to 4th Division as the SO2 G6(V).  He followed this by moving to squadron command in 71st (Yeomanry) Signal Regiment in 1998 before returning to Windsor in 2000 as the officer commanding.

Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in September 2003, Brigadier Robertson was appointed Commanding Officer of 71st (Yeomanry) Signal Regiment.  The regiment was responsible for all military communications within London District Area in the event of a UK Operation. For his period in command, Brigadier Robertson was awarded the Queen’s Volunteer Reserve Medal.

Brigadier Robertson was promoted to colonel in July 2006 and appointed as the first Commander of the Specialist Group Royal Signals.

In 2008, Brigadier Robertson was selected to be Commander of Joint Force Communication and Information Systems (Afghanistan) for Op HERRICK 8/9 and was mobilised to theatre from August 2008 to February 2009. 

Shortly after demobilisation he was appointed Deputy Commander 43 (Wessex) Brigade from where he moved to become Assistant Director Reserves in Directorate Manning (Army) in October 2011.  In the autumn of 2012, he attended the foundation term of the Royal College of Defence Studies and in March 2013 was promoted brigadier and appointed Assistant Commander of the Army Recruiting and Training Division.  In May 2016 he moved to Andover to work on a special project for the Deputy Commander Field Army before being appointed as Assistant Chief of Staff Information Exploitation (Development) in HQ Field Army exploiting both his military and civilian experience.

In December 2020 he was selected to be Head of the Reserve Forces 2030 Report implementation team working within Defence People.

In his civilian profession Brigadier Robertson worked in IT.  After three years in the civil service he spent most of his career in a large chemical multinational.  He is a chartered member of the British Computer Society.

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