Jonathan Shaw

Chairman

Major General Jonathan Shaw has 32 years of experience in the UK Army during which time he commanded on operations at every rank up to two star. He has gained extensive operational experience in the Falklands, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan and has a profound knowledge of the workings of Whitehall and international strategy. He brings to Optima deep personal experience of coping with emerging threats such as the IED at the tactical and organisational level, and the challenges of introducing novel responses and new technologies. Graduating from Oxford having read Politics and Philosophy, he joined the Parachute Regiment in 1981 and retired as its Colonel Commandant in 2012.