This site is part of the Informa Connect Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

IMpower Incorporating FundForum
27-28 June 2023
The Grimaldi ForumMonte Carlo, Monaco

Mark Carleton-Smith
Chief of the General Staff, Head of the British Army (2018 - 2022), Formerly the most senior Special Forces office in Defence, at The Front-line of defence and geopolitical strategy expertise


General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith is one of the world’s front-line global experts on Leadership, Defence and Geopolitical Affairs. He was the youngest Head of the British Army in over a century, the longest serving Chief of the General Staff since the Second World War and the most senior Special Forces officer in Defence..

He joined the Army 40 years ago in 1982 on a university scholarship and graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as an Infantry officer in the Irish Guards. He passed the SAS Selection Course in 1990 and served around the world with the SAS for most of the following 15 years in the Gulf, South America, Africa and the Balkans. Mark was Commanding Officer of 22 SAS Regiment after 9/11 and commanded all Special Forces operations in Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan.

He subsequently assumed command of 16 Air Assault Brigade, the Army’s high readiness parachute intervention force which culminated in his command of all British Forces in Afghanistan during one of the war’s most intense periods.

Promoted to Major General as Director of Special Forces, he commanded all the United Kingdom’s Special Forces for 3 years which included implementing the strategy to defeat ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Prior to taking up the post of Chief of the General Staff, the professional Head of the British Army in 2018, he was Defence’s Director of Military Strategy and Operations which included directing the UK response to Russia’s invasion of Crimea and military support to Ukraine. He has also been Honorary Colonel of the Irish Guards and of Oxford University OTC and he is currently a member of the England Rugby mentoring team preparing the squad for the 2023 World Cup and Colonel Commandant of the SAS.

Mark has been awarded the MBE, OBE, CBE and a knighthood.

Agenda Sessions

  • Global Geopolitical Commentator of The Year 2023: The global risks you cannot see, part 2 – What are the most significant shifts underestimated by Insights from one of the foremost global military experts at the front line of global security and geopolitics

  • IMpower Investment Managers CEO CLUB off the record

  • An Audience with the Keynote