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Chief of Navy Rear Admiral David Proctor
Rear Admiral David Proctor

Rear Admiral (RADM) David Proctor took up the role of Chief of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) on 29 November 2018. During his three-year tenure the Navy is reinvigorating and upgrading its strategic leadership framework, will generate enhanced combat capability and prepare itself for the delivery of new vessels that will enable the Navy to conduct maritime tasks in the 2020s and beyond. Prior to this role, David was the Deputy Commander Joint Forces New Zealand.


RADM David Proctor was born in Napier, New Zealand and joined the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) as a Midshipman in January 1987.

RADM Proctor assumed the role of Chief of Navy on 29 November 2018 following numerous senior positions within the New Zealand Defence Force, including Deputy Commander Joint Forces New Zealand and Acting Vice Chief of Defence Force from July to September 2018.

RADM Proctor has held a number of senior logistics posts during his career, including operational logistics appointments at sea and overseas. His operational service includes deployment to the Solomon Islands and as the Chief of Logistics, United Nations Mission in Support of East Timor. He was also the New Zealand Senior National Officer during this deployment.

RADM Proctor's early shore-based appointments were primarily in the Human Resources area. In March 2017 RADM Proctor was posted at short notice as Chief of Defence Strategy and Governance. This appointment saw him as a member of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Executive and as a permanent advisor to the NZDF Board.

In December 2015, RADM Proctor was promoted to Commodore and appointed Commander Logistics, following the appointment as Deputy Assistant Chief of Capability and Director Capability Portfolio Planning in 2013-14.

RADM Proctor has a Masters in Management (Defence Studies), a Masters in Politics and Policy, and is a graduate and fellow of the Centre for Defence Strategic Studies (Canberra). He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

David is married to Wendy Proctor. They have two children, Joshua, who is in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and Emma who is studying at Otago University.

Rear Admiral David Proctor - Biography [pdf, 265kb]

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