Brigadier (Ret.) Andrew Cliffe currently works as an executive consultant and program director for a global infrastructure and project management company. He works at the interface between public and private sectors helping to recover distressed defense programs. His particular forte is developing collaborative relationships.
For much of his professional career Andrew served as an officer in the British Army. His final appointment was the Defense Attaché to the Republic of Korea (ROK). This privileged position gave him insight into the military and diplomatic dynamics of the region. He was the Commonwealth Member to the United Nations Command Military Armistice Committee (UNCMAC); participated in the annual UK-ROK exercise program; and worked closely with ROK Armed Forces as they engaged in counter-piracy, Ebola containment and peace-keeping operations overseas.
Prior to this appointment Andrew led the UK Defense security capacity building program aimed at transitioning and fragile states around the world. Working across four continents he mentored senior defense and security officials in strategic analysis, defense management and senior leadership.
During a varied and diverse military career Andrew has worked in the UK Ministry of Defense; as part of joint and land forces; with development and diplomatic ministries; and participated in alliances and multi-national organisations. He was fortunate to command at all levels up to brigade. Andrew has deployed on training and operations around the world including humanitarian, counter-insurgency and stabilization operations. As a combat engineer his specialties include countering improvised explosive devices, critical national infrastructure and protective buildings.
Andrew has degrees in business administration, defense technology and civil engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Royal Engineers. In 2016 he was honored as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Andrew continues to maintain close links with UK armed forces and serves part-time as an Army Reserve with responsibilities for civil-military cooperation and security capacity building. He lives just outside London, close to where he resided before a military career intervened. He has two grown up children, now making their way in the world.