Lance Ranson grew up in Gloucestershire and attended Monmouth School. Prior to joining the Regular Army he worked for Unilever plc and was later the Public Relations Officer for Royal Worcester Spode plc before setting up his greeting card publishing business.
In 1979 he attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards. He served in Northern Ireland, Germany, Canada, Kenya, Norway, Cyprus and on ceremonial duties in London.
In 1985 he joined the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Squadron of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry (RWxY) and was appointed Squadron Leader in 1994 before being appointed Regimental Second in Command in 1998.
In 1999 he was appointed Commanding Officer of Bristol University Officers’ Training Corps.
As a member of the Army Reserve he was deployed on NATO Operations including to Kosovo in 2002 to run Civil-Military Cooperation in Pristina, to Bosnia in 2006 where he ran Media Operations in Sarajevo and to Afghanistan in 2007 where he was a Close Air Support Liaison Officer. He also worked at the Joint Services Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham.
In 2008 he was appointed Commandant of Gloucestershire Army Cadet Force (The Rifles)
In 2014 he was appointed a Vice President at the Cadet Forces Commissions Board at Westbury where he is still serving.
In 2018 he was elected Chairman of Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association which is based in Taunton.
Additional voluntary appointments that he currently holds include:
President of the Grenadier Guards Association Gloucestershire Branch (Established 1949)
Chairman of the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Yeomanry Association (Established 1920)
Trustee of the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Benevolent Fund
Lance Ranson lives in Cheltenham and enjoys skiing, sailing and running and is a member at Cheltenham Racecourse and of Henley Royal Regatta.