|Born||16 August 1954|
|Years of service||1973-2009|
|Commands held||1st Signals Brigade|
|Awards||Commander of the Order of the British Empire|
McDowall joined the British Army as a private in the Royal Corps of Signals at the age of 18. He was commissioned into the Corps in 1981 and later commanded a squadron in operations in Northern Ireland and a regiment in operations during the Bosnian War. He went on to be Commander 1st Signal Brigade and then Signal Officer-in-Chief before being appointed General Officer Commanding 2nd Division and Governor of Edinburgh Castle in 2007 and retiring in 2009.
He is married to Valerie; they have two sons and a daughter.