Lieutenant General Rob Magowan joined the Royal Marines in 1989 after reading Chemistry at Southampton University. His early command appointments included a tour of Northern Ireland. He became Naval Assistant to Commander in Chief Fleet and then completed the US Marine Corps Command and Staff Course, also gaining a Master’s degree.
Returning from the US, he was posted to HQ 3 UK Division as a plans officer, during which time he deployed to Afghanistan on Operation Fingal, the first International Security Assistance Force deployment to Kabul. He returned to 42 Commando as Second in Command, deploying to Kuwait and Iraq for Operation Telic 1.
2003 saw him begin a 3-year stint in London, working in the Cabinet Office before assuming the Deputy Head position in the Afghan Drugs Inter-Departmental Unit. In 2006, he assumed command of the Royal Marines 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group, deploying immediately on Operation Herrick 5 to Helmand province. On promotion to Colonel he took up a Deputy Head post in Defence Intelligence in 2009.
After Higher Command and Staff Course in 2011 he was promoted to Brigadier and became the Chief of Staff to the National Contingent Commander in Kabul. In 2013 he assumed the Commodore Naval Personnel Strategy role before becoming Commander Joint Forces Intelligence Group in 2015.
On promotion to Major General in 2016 he became Commandant General Royal Marines and Commander United Kingdom Amphibious Forces. He also assumed command of the European Union Naval Force Somalia. In late 2017 he became Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Capability) and Chief of Staff Navy Command HQ, before assuming the post of Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Capability and Force Design) in the MoD. On promotion to Lieutenant General in early 2020 he took up his current post, Deputy Commander Strategic Command.
He is president of the Royal Navy/Royal Marines Mountaineering Club, RN Netball and RN/RM Rifle Association. He is Armed Forces Buddhist Champion and chairs the Defence Mindfulness Steering Group. He is also president of the charity 65 Degrees North.
He lives in Hampshire with his wife, Charlotte, and two teenage daughters. He remains an active mountaineer. He enjoys reading European political history and is a keen amateur cook.