Born in 1944, Major General Sir Martin White was raised and educated on the Isle of Wight, at Welbeck College and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Commissioned into the Royal Army Service Corps (later the Royal Corps of Transport). He had an Army Career spanning almost 40 years, including command at every level, a wide variety of staff appointments during the Cold War in both the United Kingdom and Germany and finally the head of the Royal Logistic Corps. He was a graduate and instructor at the Army Command and Staff College and a Member of the Royal College of Defence Studies.

During the first Gulf War in 1990/91 he commanded the United Kingdom’s logistic operation in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia for which he was awarded the CBE; he became a CB in The Queen’s Birthday Honours 1998.

On return to civilian life in 1999 he became a military adviser to both Ernst & Young and Deloittes. He was also appointed Vice Lord-Lieutenant of the Island in 1999 and Lord-Lieutenant in 2006. He remains a former Colonel Commandant and Honorary Colonel of the Royal Logistic Corps and an Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carmen.

He is married to Fiona, they live in Seaview and his interests, when time allows includes sailing, military history and countryside pursuits. His four married children have produced thirteen grandchildren of which he and Fiona are inordinately proud.