George Kilburn was born in Yorkshire and educated at Trent College, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the École Superiéure de Guerre (French Staff College).
During his thirty five years military service he has commanded various units including 3rd battalion The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in Sheffield in 1998-1999. He has also held staff appointments at every level from the tactical to the grand strategic. He has served in more than 19 countries and with international organisations including NATO, the UN, the EU and the AU.
He was awarded the MBE in 1990 and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal in 2003.
He has been Clerk to the Company of Cutlers since July 2010.
George has been married to Penny for 33 years. They have 4 children and three grandchildren.
His hobbies include reading, fishing, cooking and wine. He enjoys most sports but mainly as a spectator these days. He has tried golf but is not gifted.