Adrian Bradshaw

General Sir Adrian John Bradshaw, KCB, OBE (born 1958) is a former British Army officer who served as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He also served as Director Special Forces from 2006 to 2009 and Commander Land Forces in 2013.

Sir Adrian Bradshaw
General Sir Adrian Bradshaw in 2012
Born1958 (age 6061)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1980–2017
Commands heldDeputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Commander Land Forces
1st Armoured Division
Special Forces
7th Armoured Brigade
Battles/warsBosnian War
Iraq War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States)

Early life

He was educated at Bloxham School, the University of Reading (BSc, 1979) and King's College London (MSc Defence Studies, 1991; MA International Relations, 2005).[1]

Military career

Bradshaw was commissioned into the 14th/20th King's Hussars in 1980.[2] In 1994 he became Commanding Officer of the King's Royal Hussars commanding the KRH Battlegroup in Bosnia.[1] On promotion to Brigadier he became Senior Advisor to the Combined Forces Air Component Command preparing for the invasion of Iraq.[3] He was Deputy Commander of Task Force West during the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and took charge of 7th Armoured Brigade during initial stabilisation operations in April 2003.[1] By 2006 he was Director Special Forces.[4]

In March 2009 Bradshaw was appointed General Officer Commanding 1st Armoured Division[1] which undertook a major training exercise in the Czech Republic in May 2009.[5] He became Deputy Commander International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and United Kingdom National Contingent Commander in Afghanistan in the rank of lieutenant general in November 2011.[6] He is Vice-Chairman of the Combined Services Polo Association.[7]

Bradshaw assumed the role of Commander Land Forces in succession to General Sir Nick Parker in January 2013.[8] He was succeeded by Lieutenant General Nick Carter as Commander Land Forces in November 2013.[9]

Bradshaw was promoted to general[10] and appointed Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe on 28 March 2014.[11] As of 2015, Bradshaw was paid a salary of between £170,000 and £174,999 by the department, making him one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time.[12] He retired on 12 August 2017.[13]

Bradshaw was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1998[14] and appointed an Officer of the Legion of Merit by the President of the United States in 2003.[15] He was also appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 2009 New Year Honours[16] and advanced to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 2013 Birthday Honours.[17]

Later career

On 7 June 2018, during the annual Founder's Day Parade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, it was announced that Bradshaw would become the new Governor of the Hospital in September 2018, succeeding General Sir Redmond Watt.[18]


  1. "ISAF". Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  2. "No. 48386". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 December 1980. p. 16705.
  3. On point: the United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom By Gregory Fontenot, Page 43 Government Printing Office, 2007, ISBN 978-0-16-078196-4
  4. "Mayor of Llantwit Major: New Special Forces Support Group: Inaugural Parade". Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  5. British troops stage their biggest ever training exercise abroad in the Czech Republic Archived 17 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine Sky News, 14 May 2009
  6. Service Appointments The Times, 8 June 2011
  7. "Combined Services Polo Association". Archived from the original on 2 May 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  8. Ashby, Robin. "Up and out : Promotions, leavers, new jobs May 2012 – Defence Viewpoints from UK Defence Forum". Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  9. "Ups and outs July 2013". Defence Viewpoints. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  10. "No. 60824". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 April 2014. p. 6580.
  11. "General Sir Adrian Bradshaw becomes the 28th DSACEUR". Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  12. "Senior officials 'high earners' salaries as at 30 September 2015 – Government of the United Kingdom". Government of the United Kingdom. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  13. "No. 62024". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 December 1980. p. 15407.
  14. "No. 55120". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 May 1998. p. 5194.
  15. "No. 57100". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 October 2003. p. 12.
  16. "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 2.
  17. "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 2.
  18. "Sir Adrian Bradshaw, KCB OBE announced as the new Governor of the Royal Hospital". Retrieved 9 June 2018.
Military offices
Preceded by
Jonathan Shaw
Director Special Forces
Succeeded by
Jacko Page
Preceded by
Graham Binns
General Officer Commanding the 1st (UK) Armoured Division
Succeeded by
James Bashall
Preceded by
James Bucknall
Deputy Commander, ISAF
Succeeded by
Nick Carter
Preceded by
Sir Nick Parker
Commander Land Forces
Preceded by
Sir Richard Shirreff
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Succeeded by
Sir James Everard
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