Tim Fraser was educated at Lord Williams’ School in Oxfordshire and joined the Royal Navy in 1982. A surface warfare officer, he has had the privilege of commanding 4 ships: the patrol craft HMS ARCHER (1989-91); the T42 Destroyers HMS GLOUCESTER (1997-98) and HMS CARDIFF (as the Captain Fifth Destroyer Squadron, 2001-03) and the aircraft carrier HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (2006-07). He has served as the United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander in Bahrain (2010-11); and as the Senior British Military Advisor in US Central Command HQ in Tampa, Florida (2012-14) and from 2017 as the Chief of Joint Operations at the PJHQ, prior to promoting to 4* as Vice Chief of Defence Staff in May 2019.
In between sea and operational appointments, he has served in a diverse range of shore roles, but predominantly on the Central Staff in the Ministry of Defence. Most recently (2014-17) he served as the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Capability and Force Design) focusing on the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.
He was made a Companion of the Bath in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. He is married to Alison and they have 4 (allegedly grown -up) children.