Lord Warden, Constable and Deputy Constable of Dover Castle
For centuries the Cinque Port towns harboured the ships and men that guarded the South East of England from attack. In return for their loyal service, the Ports were granted special privileges and a Lord Warded presided over the Confederation and provided the link between the Ports and the King. Since the 13th Century, the offices of Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and the Constable of Dover Castle have been held by the same person. Often the Lord Warden would be absent from Dover and as this was regarded as a key position in terms of defending England, the appointment of a Deputy Constable of Dover Castle.
The present Lord Warden is Admiral of the Fleet, Michael Cecil Boyce, the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL. He was appointed in 2004 who succeeded the Queen Mother.
Since 1868 an Army Commander of the South East has held the Office of Deputy Constable and has resided in Constables Tower. However, since the Army's withdrawal from the Castle, the Deputy Constable no longer resides at Dover Castle.
The new Deputy Constable, the 214th Deputy Constable, is Brigadier Matt Bazeley. He grew up in Oxfordshire, was schooled in Scotland and completed an Economics Honours degree in London. He joined the army in 1992 and was commissioned into the Corps of Royal Engineers and was initially posted as Troop Commander to 32 Company Armoured Engineer Regiment in Munster-Lager, Germany. His first operational tour was to Bosnia.
Following a number of Regimental appointments he was posted to Headquarters 7th Armoured Brigade (The Desert Rats) including deployment to Kosovo. He then attended the Advanced Command and Staff course and completed the MBA (Defence) and spent 2 years at Ministry of Defence. He subsequemtl;y returned to the field taking command of 31 Armoured Engineer Squadron which included deployment on Op TELIC (Iraq). He was then selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel and moved to Joint Force Headquarters for a year which included deployments in Africa, Afghanistan and 6 months working in the US HQ in Baghdad for which he was awarded the United States Bronze Star.
Matt then took up a Plans appointment in PJHQ before assuming command of 28 Engineer Regiment in December 2009 which included deployment in Afghanistan. From here he moved back to the Ministry of Defence to work on the UK's Overseas Defence Engagement Programme. He was promoted to Colonel in 2013 he took up a post as DACOS J5 (Europe and Asia) , PJHQ. He was responsible for developing UK's plans for transition of security responsibility to the Afghan Security Forces and redeployment of British Forces from Helmand Province, closure of Camp Bastion and the move of the UK's mission into Kabul (Op Toral). In June 2015 he moved to HQ Sandhurst Group to be the Group Chief of Staff. On promotion to Brigadier he took over as Commandant of the Royal School of Military Engineering in September 2016.
Matt is married to Becci and they have two sons aged 18 and 16. He is a keen sportsman withn an enduring love of Rugby, cricket and skiing. Despite ageing knees he continues to participate in as much sport as possble.