John Henderson

Chief Executive Staffordshire County Council

John Henderson joined Staffordshire County Council as Chief Executive in May 2015 after a career in the British Army; his last appointment was commanding the British Forces in Germany.  He grew up in Perth, before studying Mechanical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University; he also has studied at the Joint Services Staff College, the Royal College of Defence Studies, and at Cranfield University.

John's military service has been mostly overseas in support services leadership roles: over 15 years in Germany, and also in Belgium, the United States and the UK.  He has commanded 4 times on operations: in Bosnia; in Iraq; and twice in Afghanistan.

 He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.  He is a keen linguist, 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.

Toni Hall David Healey