Chief of Defence Intelligence

Lieutenant General Gavan Reynolds AO

Lieutenant General Gavan Reynolds is a career Army officer. His operational service includes the First Gulf War, as a military observer with the United Nations in Lebanon and Syria, a senior intelligence officer in the Australian Joint Task Force Iraq and in the intelligence staff of the Headquarters International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. He has also commanded the 1st Intelligence Battalion and the 6th Combat Support Brigade, which includes intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance units and force-level engineers.

He has held numerous staff appointments including in the Defence Intelligence Organisation and as the Director of Officer Career Management and Director General Personnel for the Army. He was appointed as a member to the Order of Australia in 2010 for exceptional service to the Army in the fields of personnel and intelligence.

Staff course attendance includes the Australian Staff College, the Australian Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, and the Higher Command and Staff Course in the United Kingdom. Lieutenant General Gavan Reynolds holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Geography, Master of Defence Studies and a Master of Business Administration.  

In the rank of Major General he has served as the Australian Military Representative to NATO and the EU, and as the Head Military Strategic Plans. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in June 2020 and appointed as Chief of Defence Intelligence on 1 July 2020.