General Messenger, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, is the country’s highest-ranking Royal Marine. As VCDS, General Messenger plays a leading role in the future development of the armed forces including the definition and delivery of future military capability requirements and for coordinating delivery of top-level decisions - making, implementation and monitoring progress. He is the Defence Board lead for military personnel, training, cyber, risk and innovation.

General Messenger became Patron of the Royal Marines Charity (part of the RNRMC Group of Charities) in 2018 and is a longstanding supporter of our work.