Lieutenant General Sir Hew Pike was born in 1943 in Hampshire, where he still lives with his wife, Jean. They have three grown children.
He was educated at Winchester College. After attending the RMA Sandhurst (1961-62), he served with the Parachute Regiment in the Persian Gulf, Oman, Aden, East Africa and Guyana during the 1960s and mainly in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland during the 1970s. He also served in Norway as an Aide-de-Camp in 1967, as an Instructor at the School of Infantry from 1970-72, and in command of the Pathfinder Company of 44 Parachute Brigade (TA) from 1973-74.
After the Staff College in 1975, he was Brigade Major 16 Parachute Brigade (1976-78) and thereafter a Company Commander in 3 PARA (Germany/Northern Ireland). He attended the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia, in 1980, after which he commanded 3 PARA in Tidworth and Aldershot from 1980-1983. This period included a tour in Northern Ireland and the Falkland Campaign. He was subsequently on the staff of HQ 1 (BR) Corps and Commandant Tactics Wing, School of Infantry.
From 1987-89 he commanded 22 Armoured Brigade in Bergen-Hohne, Germany. After attending the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1990, he spent 1991 developing the concept for the Combined Arms Training Centre based at Warminster. He commanded the 3rd Division, on its return from Germany to UK, from 1992-94, after which he was appointed Commandant of the RMA Sandhurst, 1994-95. He became Deputy Commander in Chief Land Command and Inspector General Territorial Army in July 1995, during which time he also acted as Middle East Advisor to the Secretary of State for Defence and CDS. He assumed the appointment of Director of Operations (DCOMOPS) of the NATO SFOR in Bosnia in November 1997.