Rowan John Sutherland McConkey

Army Chief of General Staff Research Fellow, International Security Programme


Rowan McConkey is the current Chief of the General Staff’s Research Fellow in the International Security Programme at Chatham House. He is a serving regular officer in the Royal Dragoon Guards, a British Army cavalry regiment.

Since joining the Army in 2010, his career to date has seen him gain experience in intelligence-led operations, counter illegal wildlife trade activity (in Malawi and Zambia), military land equipment capability, and cyber. In addition, he is a defence equality and diversity advisor.  

Rowan has a BSc in Computing and Information Technology from Queen’s University Belfast and an MSc in Cyberspace Operations from Cranfield University.

Past experience

2021-23 Chief of Staff at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) for the UK Defence In-Service Land Equipment fleet
2019-20 Counter illegal wildlife trade planning officer, on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
2016-20 MSc Cyberspace Operations (Cranfield University)
2010 Regular Commission into the British Army
2005-10 BSc Computing & Information Technology (Queen’s University Belfast)