Keynote Speaker and Author
Ian Gardiner was educated at Fettes and commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1968. He fought in the Dhofar War in Oman from 1973 to 1975, where he was decorated with the Omani Distinguished Service Medal for Gallantry. He also commanded a rifle company in 45 Commando Royal Marines in the Falklands War in 1982. After the IRA bombed the Royal Marines School of Music at Deal in Kent in 1989, Gardiner was appointed Commandant for two years to help restore the morale of the RM Band Service. From 1994 to1996 he commanded 40 Commando Royal Marines, which included his fourth operational tour in Northern Ireland. He has also been the Royal Marines Equerry to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and, in 1997, graduated from the Royal College of Defence Studies.
His final appointment was Secretary to the Military Committee at NATO Headquarters in Brussels where he was involved in the political and strategic direction of the Kosovo conflict. He left the Royal Marines in 2001 in the rank of brigadier. He is now a keynote speaker on leadership, and an author of military history. He also hosts on the Royal Scotsman Train.
His first book, In the Service of the Sultan, a first hand account of the Dhofar War, was published in 2006. This was released in Arabic in 2010. The Flatpack Bombers, telling the story of the first strategic bombing raids in history in 1914, was published in 2009, and The Yompers, which describes a fighting Royal Marine's perspective of the Falklands War, was published in 2012.
Ian Gardiner was Chief Executive of the Scottish SPCA from 2001 to 2004. In 2006, he was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Royal Marines Reserve in Scotland and, in 2007, he was elected to the Council of the Royal Scottish Society of Arts. He is also a Member of the Professional Speaking Association.
Ian Gardiner in June 1982