Rear Admiral David Proctor


Rear Admiral (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 Commander Logistics of the NZDF, 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 a deployment to the Solomon Islands and being appointed Senior National Officer and the Chief of Logistics, United Nations Mission in Support of East Timor.

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 and has been awarded a Deputy Chief of Navy Commendation.

David is married to Wendy Proctor. They have two children; Joshua, who is in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and Emma, who is a recent graduate of Otago University.

The RNZN and BLAKE share many common values and goals, not only our mutual respect of the maritime environment but working to inspire and develop leadership in our rangatahi”