OS Lucy Giles on Radio 4

OS Lucy Giles on Radio 4

We were pleased to hear Old Sexeian Colonel Lucy Giles on Radio 4’s prestigious Desert Island Discs show on 27th December 2020. She spoke about her career as an officer of the British Army’s Royal Logistic Corps and her role as President of the Army Officer Selection Board. As the first woman to take on this role, she spoke movingly about motivation and being an inspirational role model.

If you missed it, you can catch the show on BBC Sounds: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000qlph

Biographical information from Desert Island Discs

Colonel Lucy Giles studied Biological Sciences at Exeter University where she joined the University Officers’ Training Corps, despite having no military background herself.

After what she calls a “retrospective year out”, she joined the last female-only company at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Transport in 1992, which became the Royal Logistic Corps the following year.

Over a career spanning more than 25 years, she has served in over 20 countries including South Africa, Bosnia, East Timor and Sierra Leone. She was the first female Officer Commanding of 47 Air Despatch Squadron, enabling operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and in 2015 became the first woman Commander of New College, Sandhurst. She was promoted to the rank of Colonel in 2018.

She is married to Brigadier Nick Post, and they have two children, Jess and Alex. In her spare time, she is a marathon runner.