John Henderson joined Staffordshire County Council as Chief Executive in May 2015 after a career in the British Army; his last appointment was as a major general commanding the British Forces in Germany. He grew up in Perth in Scotland, where he attended Perth Academy, before studying Mechanical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
John's military service has been mostly overseas in engineering, logistic and support services leadership roles. He spent more than 15 years in Germany where he commanded at every level, and has also served in Belgium and the United States, as well as at the Army Headquarters in Andover. He has been privileged to command four times on operations: in Bosnia; in Iraq; and twice in Afghanistan.
As well as Heriot-Watt University, he has studied at the Joint Services Staff College and the Royal College of Defence Studies, as well as a Defence Technology Masters degree at Cranfield University. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He is a keen linguist, being almost native in German, fluent in French, and workable in a number of other European and Middle Eastern languages. He retains a non-executive role in the Army as a Colonel Commandant of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME).
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