Peter Wilkinson (Royal Navy officer) : biography
Vice Admiral Peter John Wilkinson CB CVO (born 28 May 1956) is a former Royal Navy officer who served as Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel) from 2007 to 2010.
Educated at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, and the University of Wales, Lampeter (B.A. 1978), he joined the Royal Navy in 1975, where he initially served in submarines. He commanded the submarines HMS Otter, Superb, and Vanguard, being promoted to Captain in 1995. He was Captain of 2nd Submarine Squadron from 1999 to 2001.‘WILKINSON, Vice Adm. Peter John’, Who’s Who 2008, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007
He was the Director of Naval Service and Conditions (as a commodore) from 2001, and then Naval Secretary and Director-General Human Resources (Navy) from 2004. From 2005 to 2007 he was Defence Services Secretary and Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel and Reserves). He was promoted to Vice Admiral and appointed as Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Personnel) in August 2007. Wilkinson was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2010 Birthday Honours and retired in August 2010.
In retirement Wilkinson became clerk of the Worshipful Company of Cooks. Debretts He is a trustee of the Armed Forces Memorial appeal, which has built a new memorial to service personnel who have lost their lives on duty. The memorial is located at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.After the resignation of Lieutenant-General Sir John Kiszely, he was appointed National President of the Royal British Legion in October 2012.