Jonathan Shaw (British Army officer)

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Jonathan Shaw
Born (1957-11-22) 22 November 1957 (age 60)
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1981-2012
Rank Major-General
Commands held 2 Bn Parachute Regiment
12th (Mechanized) Brigade
Battles/wars Falklands War
Kosovo War
Iraq War Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Cyprus
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Major-General Jonathan David Shaw CB CBE (born 22 November 1957) is a former British Army officer.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Sedbergh School and Trinity College, Oxford, where he studied PPE, Shaw was commissioned into the Parachute Regiment in 1981.[1] He was a platoon commander with 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment during the Falklands War.[1] Having attended Staff College, Camberley between 1989 and 1990, he was appointed Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment in 1997.[1]

After attending the Higher Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in 2000, he was made Commander of 12th (Mechanized) Brigade in 2002[2] and subsequently commanded the Multi-National Brigade (Centre) in Kosovo.[1] He was appointed Director Special Forces in 2003, and having attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2006, he became General Officer Commanding Multi-National Division (South East), Iraq in January 2007 and went on to be Chief of Staff at HQ Land Forces in September 2007.[2] He became Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (International Security Policy) in March 2009 and Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Global Issues) in January 2011.[1] His responsibilities include Chemical Biological Radiological & Nuclear Policy, Arms Control and Counter Proliferation and Cyber.[1]

He was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2012 Birthday Honours.[3] He retired from the Army in 2012.[4]


He is married to Gillie, a partner in a firm of lawyers; they have two children.[1]


  • Shaw, Jonathan (16 Oct 2014). Britain in a Perilous World: The Strategic Defence and Security Review We Need. Haus Publishing. ISBN 978-1908323811.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Biography at Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation
  2. ^ a b "Army Commands" (PDF). 26 July 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016.
  3. ^ "No. 60173". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2012. p. 2.
  4. ^ Jonathan Shaw Paradata
Military offices
Preceded by
Graeme Lamb
Director Special Forces
Succeeded by
Adrian Bradshaw
Preceded by
Richard Shirreff
General Officer Commanding
Multi-National Division (South East), Iraq

January 2007–August 2007
Succeeded by
Graham Binns