Air Marshal Graham Stacey was born in London in 1959 and was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1980 after reading Chemistry at Leeds University.
Much of the early part of his career was spent in Air Defence and included tours in Belize and the Falkland Islands and Loan Service with the Indonesian Army. As a Squadron Leader he formed and commanded a SAM Squadron in Yorkshire, served as a Liaison Officer at the UK Defence Research Agency working within the Counter-Terrorist Explosives Detection and Countermeasures field, and was a desk officer in the UK Ministry of Defence Joint Service Operational Requirements branch.
In 1994 Stacey attended the UK Army Staff College at Camberley and, on completion of the course, was promoted to Wing Commander and posted to Headquarters Air Command as a policy and programmes staff officer. In 1997 he spent 10 months on the staff of Carl Bildt, the then High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina and in 1998 he took command of No 1 Royal Air Force Tactical Survive to Operate (Force Protection) Headquarters.
In an eventful 18 months the Headquarters completed 2 Iraqi Southern Watch tours and led the establishment of the RAF Detachment at Ali al Salem, Kuwait. The Headquarters also provided the framework organisation for the activation and running of the KFOR airfield at Pristina, Kosovo. This latter task involved Stacey being attached to HQ UK 4 Armoured Brigade and deploying with forward elements on day 1 of the NATO Kosovo Land Campaign.
Promoted to Group Captain in 1999 he returned to the Ministry of Defence to take post as an Assistant Director within the Directorate of Joint Warfare. He took command of Royal Air Force Honington, a large airbase in eastern England, in 2001. This tour included a mid-term 4-month "sabbatical" to command the multinational ISAF 1 Detachment at Kabul Airfield in Afghanistan. He departed Honington in June 2003 and immediately took up post as the Deputy Senior British Military Representative (Iraq) based within CJTF-7 in Baghdad.
He was promoted to Air Commodore in post. In 2004 he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies prior to taking up appointment as ACOS J7/Director Joint Warfare Training Centre within the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters. I
He attended the UK Higher Command and Staff Course in January 2007 before joining NATO Joint Forces Command Brunssum to lead the J3 Ops Division. He departed Brunssum in December 2008 on promotion to AVM and joined US CENTRAL COMMAND (Tampa) in February 2009 as Senior British Military Advisor to General David Petraeus and the HQ. On 5 Nov 2010, he was appointed Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas and Commander British Forces Cyprus where, amongst many tasks, he oversaw key support to operations in Afghanistan and Libya and provided the UK's Theatre Reserve Battalion.
Stacey was awarded an MBE for services in Indonesia, a QCVS for Op DESERT FOX and was appointed a Companion of the Order of Bath in 2011. His wife, Dr Maria Stuttaford, is an academic specialising in health and human rights issues. He has two children, Fiona (20) and Gavin (18). His interests include cycling, walking, squash, cooking and rugby and he is an ex Chairman of RAF and CS Rugby and ex Service Vice President of the Royal Air Forces Association (European and Overseas Area).
On promotion to Air Marshal he returned to Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum as Deputy Commander on 15 January 2013.