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Two new Honorary Fellows for King's

08 Jul 2002

Two new Honorary Fellows have been announced.

They are:

  • General the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank GCB LVO OBE, former Chief of Defence Staff and Chairman of the Trustees of the King’s College London Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives and Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies at King’s; 
  • Lord Rothschild GBE, a major figure in the world of arts, heritage and philanthropy.


General the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank GCB LVO OBE

General Lord Guthrie was Chief of the Defence Staff from 1997 to 2001. On 12 February 2001, three days before his retirement, he delivered the Annual Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives Lecture, ‘The New British Way in Warfare’ to a packed auditorium at King's Strand Campus. He has recently taken on the Chairmanship of the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Archive, and is a Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies.

Educated at Harrow and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, he began his professional career as a 2nd lieutenant in the Welsh guards, rising to captain. He was then Captain 22 Special Air Service; Lieutenant Colonel Welsh Guards; Brigadier 4th Armoured Brigade; Lieutenant General 1(BR) Corps, and Commander-in-Chief British Army of the Rhine. With the SAS he served in Aden, the Gulf, Malaysia and East Africa, and with the Welsh Guards in Cyprus, Germany and Northern Ireland. He became Chief of the General Staff in 1994 and Chief of the Defence Staff in 1997, the role he held during the Kosovo conflict. As Chief of the Defence Staff he played a high profile role in Britain’s withdrawal from Hong Kong in June 1997. He was appointed Aide-de-Camp General to the Queen in 1993, Colonel of the Life Guards and Gold Stick to the Queen in 1999 and Colonel Commandant of the SAS in 2000. He became Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank in June 2001.

Lord Guthrie was awarded the LVO in 1977, an OBE in 1980, was knighted in 1990 and awarded the GCB in 1994. He is a Freeman of the City of London, a Knight of Malta, and a Commander Legion of Merit, USA. He is currently President of the Army Benevolent Fund, the Federation of London Youth Clubs, and Action Research.


Lord Rothschild GBE

Nathaniel Charles Jacob, fourth Baron Rothschild, has made a major contribution to the arts, heritage and philanthropy.

After graduating with first class honours from Oxford, he joined the family bank N. M. Rothschild & Sons and was admitted as a partner in 1963. He subsequently ran the corporate finance department and became chairman of the executive committee before leaving in 1980 to develop the Rothschild Investment Trust (RIT) and independent interests in the financial sector.

Lord Rothschild was chairman of the National Heritage Memorial Fund from 1992 to 1998, administering the Heritage Lottery Fund from 1995 to 1998. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery from 1985 to 1991 and a Council member of the Royal College of Art from 1986 to 1992. He has been closely involved with the renovation of Somerset House: he was entirely responsible for raising the money for the fountains in the courtyard, and was instrumental in bringing the Gilbert Collection and the ‘Treasures of the Hermitage’ exhibition to London.

Since 1986 Lord Rothschild has been the family member entrusted with the day-to-day running of Waddesdon Manor, bequeathed to the National Trust by his cousin in 1957. As Chairman of RIT Capital Partners plc (the successor company to RIT), he was closely involved in the restoration of Spencer House in St James’s Place.

He is an honorary Doctor of Philosophy of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an Honorary Fellow of the City of Jerusalem. He has received many British and international honours: recently he was awarded an honorary degree by Oxford University and, in 1997, was awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire for services to arts and heritage.

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