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Rear Admiral David Proctor


Rear Admiral David Proctor joined the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) as a Midshipman in January 1987 and assumed the role of Chief of Navy in November 2018 following numerous senior positions within the New Zealand Defence Force. This included Deputy Commander Joint Forces New Zealand and Acting Vice Chief of Defence Force from July to September 2018.

David 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 the Chief of Logistics, United Nations Mission in Support of East Timor.

David 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 studying at Otago University.