General (rtd) Sir Hugh Beach works mainly on defence policy, arms control and disarmament, also on ethical issues concerning peace and war.
He joined the army in August 1941 in the Corps of Royal Engineers. He saw active service in France 1944 and in Java 1946. He was Commandant of the Army Staff College at Camberley 1974-5, Deputy Commander-in-Chief United Kingdom Land Forces 1976-77 and Master General of the Ordnance (Army Board member for Procurement) 1977-81.
Retiring from the army in the latter year, he was Warden of St. George's House, Windsor Castle 1981-86, vice-Lord Lieutenant Greater London 1981-87, Chief Royal Engineer 1982-87 and member of the Security Commission 1982-91. He chaired the Ministry of Defence Study Groups on Censorship 1983 and Education in the Army 1984. He was Director of the Council for Arms Control 1986-89.
He is currently a member of the Board or Executive Committee of: the Council for Christian Approaches to Defence and Disarmament; Centre for Defence Studies (Kings College London); the Verification Training and Information Centre (VERTIC); the International Security Information Service (ISIS) and of the British Pugwash Group. He lectures and has contributed chapters to over two dozen books as well as publishing a number of monographs, articles and book reviews. He has recently co-authored, with Nadine Gurr, a book on British Nuclear Weapons policy.
He was educated at Winchester College, Cambridge University (MA 1961), Edinburgh University (M.Sc. 1971) and holds an honorary Doctorate of Civil Laws from the University of Kent in Canterbury (1990). He is an honorary fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge and of the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.