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Maj. Gen. Jonathan Shaw: "The executive deficit at the heart of Whitehall: the systemic failings of UK Government"

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Major General (Rtd) Jonathan Shaw CB CBE has 32 years experience in the UK Army during which time he commanded on operations in the Falklands, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has a profound knowledge of the workings of Whitehall and international strategy. Major General Shaw is the former Assistant Chief of Defence Staff, Colonel Commandant of The Parachute Regiment, and Director Special Forces.

As Assistant Chief of Defence Staff, his interests included international security policy and global issues and he headed the Defence Cyber Security Programme. 

Graduating from Oxford having read Politics and Philosophy, he joined the Parachute Regiment in 1981 and retired as its Colonel Commandant in 2012. Since leaving the Ministry of Defence in 2012, Major General Shaw has taken up consulting roles at three security companies: Optima Group UK, Certivox, and Tempest Group.