David Shaw (British Army officer)

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David Shaw
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Birth name David Anthony Hirst Shaw
Born (1957-02-19) 19 February 1957 (age 60)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1976 – 2012
Rank Major-General
Commands held 2nd Division
Battles/wars Bosnian War
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Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Major-General David Anthony Hirst Shaw CBE (born 19 February 1957) is a former British Army officer who commanded 2nd Division.


Brought up in Sri Lanka, Shaw was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1976 and went on to take part in operations in Cyprus, Bosnia and Northern Ireland.[1] He was appointed Brigadier, Northern England in 2002, Assistant Chief of Staff, Communications in 2004 and Director of Media and Communication at HQ Land Forces in 2007.[1] He took up the post of General Officer Commanding 2nd Division and Governor of Edinburgh Castle in 2009.[2]

Shaw was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours.[3] He retired from the Army in 2012 and is now a director of Unicorn ARC,[4] a management consultancy focussing on change, leadership and communication. He is Chair of trustees of AF&V Launchpad,[5] a charity based in Newcastle and Liverpool that helps mostly homeless veterans make a successful transition to civilian life. Veterans from Launchpad featured in Alex Polizzi’s programme “Hire Our Heroes”[6] and Launchpad was visited by Prince Harry in early 2015.[7] In January 2016 Shaw and Fiona MacDonald set up Shaw Fundraising to help organisations develop their fundraising strategy. He is a Visiting Professor at Aberdeen Business School and a trustee of the Kohima Educational Trust.[8]


  1. ^ a b New Scots Army Chief takes up post Archived 9 October 2011 on Wayback Machine. STV, 26 October 2009
  2. ^ Army Commands Archived 5 July 2015 on Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "No. 60009". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2011. p. 5. 
  4. ^ "unicorn-arc". unicorn-arc. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Armed Forces & Veterans launch AF&V Privilege MasterCard®". Archived from the original on 25 January 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Alex Polizzi: Hire Our Heroes". BBC. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Prince Harry Visits Launchpad". Archived from the original on 25 January 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Sponsoring Education in Nagaland India, Naga Crafts for Sale, WW2 Veterans Book Sales, Indian Charity". Retrieved 9 January 2016. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Andrew Mackay
General Officer Commanding the 2nd Division
Succeeded by
Nick Eeles