Iain Henderson (Royal Navy officer)

Rear Admiral Iain Robert Henderson, CB, CBE, DL (born 1 April 1948) is a retired senior Royal Navy officer.[1]

Iain Henderson
Born (1948-04-01) 1 April 1948
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
RankRear Admiral
Commands heldNaval Air Command
HMNB Portsmouth
RNAS Yeovilton
HMS London
HMS Charybdis
HMS Ariadne
Battles/warsFalklands War
Gulf War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Early life and education

Henderson was born on 1 April 1948. He was educated at Epsom College, then an all-boys independent school. He entered the Britannia Royal Naval College in 1965.[2]

Henderson joined the Royal Navy and trained as a helicopter and fast jet pilot, including a secondment to the RAF where he flew Phantom interceptors our if RAF Leuchars. He became second-in-command of the frigate HMS Plymouth and saw action during the Falklands War. He went on to be commanding officer of the frigate HMS Ariadne, the frigate HMS Charybdis and the frigate HMS London. In HMS London he saw action during the Gulf War. He went on to command RNAS Yeovilton and HMNB Portsmouth.[3]

Henderson became Flag Officer, Naval Air Command in 1998 before retiring in 2001.[4]

Later life

After his retirement from the navy, Henderson joined the third sector. From 2001 to 2007, he served as Chief Executive of Sue Ryder Care, a British social care charity.[5][6] From 2002 to 2006, he was Gentleman Usher of the Scarlet Rod. His final duty as Gentlemen Usher of the Scarlet Rod occurred in May 2006, during that year's Installation of Knights.[7] In June 2006, he was appointed Registrar and Secretary of the Order of the Bath.[8][9][10]

In 2006, Henderson was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire.[11] He has served as Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire since 2018.[2]


  1. "HMS Ark Royal & the Harrier. An Admiral's view". Signal Business Consulting. 6 December 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  2. "Henderson, Rear Adm. Iain Robert". Who's Who 2019. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  3. "Falklands Order of Service". Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  4. Mackie, Colin. "Royal Navy Senior Appointments" (PDF). Archived from the original (pdf) on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  5. "Hospice to close despite campaign". BBC News. BBC. 20 November 2001. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  6. "Movers: Paul Woodward, chief executive, Sue Ryder Care". Third Sector. 23 May 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  7. "Court circular". The Times. 18 May 2006. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  8. "Court circular". The Times. 14 June 2006. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  9. "Order of Service" (pdf). Westminster Abbey. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  10. "Court Circular: 10 May 2014". The Times. 10 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  11. "Hampshire Lieutenancy". The Times. 19 July 2006. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
Government offices
Preceded by
Air Vice Marshal Richard Peirse
Gentleman Usher of the Scarlet Rod
Succeeded by
Major General Charles Vyvyan
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