David Proctor
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David Proctor

New Zealand Defence Force / Te Ope Kātua o Aotearoa

Chief of Navy

  • Assumed role on 29 November 2018.
  • Previous positions include deputy commander Joint Forces NZ and acting vice chief of defence force, chief of defence strategy and governance.
  • Operational service includes deployment to the Solomon Islands and chief of logistics for the UN mission and NZ senior national officer in East Timor.
  • Experience includes human resources, capability development and delivery, and being deputy assistant chief of capability and director capability portfolio planning.
  • Holds a Master’s in management (defence studies), a Master’s in politics and policy, and is a graduate and fellow of the Centre for Defence Strategic Studies (Canberra).
  • Awarded a Deputy Chief of Navy Commendation.
  • Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.


Royal New Zealand Navy
Rear Admiral, Officer
Jan 1987 - Present
Royal New Zealand Navy
Jan 1987 - Present
New Zealand Defence Force / Te Ope Kātua o Aotearoa
Project Officer (DTP)
Jan 2010 - Jun 2010
New Zealand Defence Force / Te Ope Kātua o Aotearoa
Jul 2010 - Dec 2015
Royal New Zealand Navy
Dec 2015 - Sep 2018

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