Jonathan Shaw

First Head of Cybersecurity, British Army

Major General Jonathan Shaw served on the front-line in the British Army for three decades before moving to Whitehall and the MoD. He has led everything from disaster relief efforts to counter terrorism, and became the first military officer charged with leading the UK's cyber defences.

"A leading figure in Cybersecurity"

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  • Change Management
  • Cybersecurity
  • Transformational Leadership
  • The Political Landscape
  • Strategic Leadership in VUCA times


He presents in English.

How he presents

Jonathan shares lessons on leading in extreme circumstances, including the communication skills needed to empower the team rather than dictate to them.

In Detail

Jonathan started out in the Falklands as platoon commander within the Parachute Regiment. He went on to see operational experience in Kosovo, Bosnia and Afghanistan before commanding a multinational division in Iraq. At the MoD he was responsible for operational planning and policy prior to his appointment as Chief of Staff for UK Land Forces and International Security Policy. Spearheading the technological security for the Ministry of Defence has ensured Jonathan is a leading authority in the sector, able to fuse military style leadership with cyber innovation to consult and advise audiences on the strategies they can adapt for success.


In presentations he separates threats from hype, shows how human error is the main area of weakness and explains how to embed the necessary behavioural changes. He also explores the part cyber plays in the politics of power and describes an armed forces model of leadership that's far more progressive than many imagine.


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