Thirty-six years and counting
Rear Admiral (RADM) David Proctor joined the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) in January 1987. Starting out as a Midshipman, he made his way up the ranks to Chief of Navy in 2018.
He's held many senior positions within the New Zealand Defence Force, including:
- Deputy Commander Joint Forces New Zealand
- Acting Vice Chief of Defence Force
- Chief of Logistics, United Nations Mission
- New Zealand Senior National Officer in Support of East Timor
- Deputy Assistant Chief of Capability
- Director Capability Portfolio Planning
- Chief of Defence Strategy and Governance
Proctor is also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. He's a recipient of the Deputy Chief of Navy Commendation.
A military life steeped in education
Proctor is a big believer in education, and brings a depth of experience and understanding to his roles. He has a
Masters in Management (Defence Studies), and a Masters in Politics and Policy. He is also a graduate and fellow of the Centre for Defence Strategic Studies (Canberra).