This was a completely unique piece commissioned by a customer.
This very impressive sculpture is a likeness of the former First Sea Lord of the British Royal Navy, Admiral Sir George Zambellas GCB DSC DL FRAeS.
George Zambellas was educated in Zimbabwe, and at Stowe and Southampton University, graduating in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. He joined
the Royal Navy in 1980 from the aerospace industry and qualified as a pilot in 1982. He flew three tours in different helicopter types, serving in
carriers and frigates. After staff training in 1990, and a brief spell as a corporate planner, he commanded the mine hunter HMS Cattistock. In 1993,
he was posted to Northwood as a Fleet aviation operations officer before promotion in 1995 and command of the frigate HMS Argyll.
Zambellas served as a corporate planner during the 1997–98 Strategic Defence Review before returning to operational command in 1999 as captain of the frigate HMS Chatham and being deployed as part of Operation Palliser off Sierra Leone for which he received the Distinguished Service Cross in 2001. In 2001 he took the Higher Command and Staff Course at Shrivenham before becoming Deputy Flag Officer Sea Training, responsible for training Royal Navy and foreign warships and auxiliaries.
Promoted to Commodore in 2002, Zambellas was appointed to be Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of the Defence staff and served during the invasion of
Iraq in the early days of its fallout. He was given command of the Royal Navy's Amphibious Task Group in January 2005.
Promoted to Rear Admiral on 29 August 2006 and appointed Chief of Staff , Zambellas was in this role entrusted with "designing and delivering the Fleet's new approach to the generation of maritime capability and support to operations." In 2007, he became Commander United Kingdom Maritime Force, and in October 2008, he became Chief of Staff (Operations) at the UK's Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood.
Promoted Vice Admiral in January 2011, Zambellas was appointed Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet, Chief of Staff to Navy Command Headquarters, and Chief Naval Warfare Officer. He became Commander-in-Chief Fleet in January 2012 and was promoted Admiral on 6 January 2013. In April 2012 his role was re-designated Fleet Commander and Deputy Chief of the Naval Service.
Zambellas was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2012 Birthday Honours and became First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval staff on 9 April 2013
On 4 July 2014, Zambellas was among those attending the launch ceremony of the 70,600-tonne Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest warship ever built in the United Kingdom, and formally named by Queen Elizabeth II.
Zambellas was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) in the 2016 New Year Honours attending an investiture for this at a ceremony at Windsor Castle along with Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford on 13 April 2016.
He handed over duties as First Sea Lord to Admiral Sir Philip Jones in April 2016.
A tech addict at heart, George has worked extensively with emerging technologies including Cyber-security and Artificial Intelligence (AI). He is chairman of praXec Limited, founder and chairman of CobWeb Cyber Security and a strategic advisor to Liquid Robotics Inc, among numerous other business interests.
An engineer by training, George’s particular passion is for shaping and supporting fresh thinking within the top management of emerging technical sectors, and for leading-edge technologies – such as unmanned vehicles, AI, cyber resilience, next generation computing, big data processing, bio-engineering and advances in quantum mechanics.