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General Sir John Chalmers McColl, KCB, CBE, DSO, KStJ (born 17 April 1952) is a retired senior British Army officer and a past Lieutenant Governor of Jersey. McColl previously served as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe from 2007 to 2011.

Sir John McColl

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McColl in 2012
Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
In office
26 September 2011 – 30 November 2016
PremierIan Gorst
Preceded bySir Andrew Ridgway
Succeeded bySir Stephen Dalton
Personal details
John Chalmers McColl

(1952-04-17) 17 April 1952 (age 67)
London, England
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceBritish Army
Years of service1973–2011
CommandsDeputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (2007–11)
Regional Forces (2004–07)
Joint Services Command and Staff College (2003–04)
3rd Mechanised Division (2000–03)
International Security Assistance Force (2001–02)
1st Mechanised Brigade (1997–99)
Battles/warsThe Troubles
Sierra Leone Civil War
Kosovo War
Bosnian War
Iraq War
War in Afghanistan
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Knight of the Order of St John
Mentioned in Despatches
Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States)

Army careerEdit

John McColl as DSACEUR

Educated at Culford School in Suffolk, England,[1] McColl was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Royal Anglian Regiment in 1973[2] and promoted to lieutenant on 8 September 1974.[3] He was promoted to captain on 8 March 1979 and to major on 30 September 1984.[4][5] In 1989 he became a squadron commander in the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment, was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 30 June 1990 and to acting colonel shortly after.[6] He was promoted to colonel on 30 June 1995 and to brigadier on 31 December 1996 (seniority 30 June).[7][8] He held a variety of commands and military posts before commanding 1st Mechanised Brigade in 1997. In 1999 he became Assistant Chief of Staff at Land Command and in 2000 he was given command of 3rd (UK) Mechanised Division. In 2001 he was appointed the first leader of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.[9]

In 2003 he became Commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College.

In March 2004 he was deployed as Senior British Military Representative and Deputy Commanding General, Multinational Force, Iraq and at the end of that year he became Commander of Regional Forces at Land Command.[10]

In October 2007 he became Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) in the rank of general.[11]

He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2008 New Year Honours.[12]

He was the preferred choice of Afghanistan for the role of U.N. super envoy after they rejected Paddy Ashdown.[13] However, on 7 March 2008 Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide was appointed as the UN representative for Afghanistan.[14] He retired as DSACEUR in March 2011.[15]

Lieutenant Governor of JerseyEdit

On 26 October 2010 it was announced that he would be appointed to the role of Lieutenant Governor of Jersey.[16] He took office on 26 September 2011.[17]

On 5 June 2012, Sir John, and his wife Lady McColl, represented Jersey at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Dedication Service at St Paul's Cathedral.[18]

After his fixed term of office, his tenure ended on 30 November 2016 and he was succeeded by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton.[19]

Honours and awardsEdit


  1. ^ General McColl visits Culford Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Culford School, 21 September 2007
  2. ^ "No. 45956". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 April 1973. p. 4934.
  3. ^ "No. 46419". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 December 1974. p. 12158.
  4. ^ "No. 47797". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 March 1979. p. 3697.
  5. ^ "No. 49897". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 October 1984. p. 13949.
  6. ^ "No. 52200". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 July 1990. p. 11361.
  7. ^ "No. 54091". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 July 1995. p. 9195.
  8. ^ "No. 54648". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 January 1997. p. 465.
  9. ^ "John McColl Profile on". BBC News. 19 December 2001. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  10. ^ Oxford Leverhulme biography Archived 25 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Senior Officer appointments Archived 10 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ a b "No. 58557". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2007. p. 2.
  13. ^ "Ashdown pulls out of Afghan role". BBC News. 27 January 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
  14. ^ Leithead, Alastair (28 March 2008). "UN's new Afghan envoy begins work". BBC News. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
  15. ^ New Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe Appointed Archived 26 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine Natsource, 29 September 2010
  16. ^ Sir John McColl named as is Jersey Lieutenant Governor BBC News, 26 October 2010.
  17. ^ "Jersey Lieutenant Governor Gen Sir John McColl sworn in". BBC News. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  18. ^ "Lieutenant Governor represents Jersey at St Paul's". 5 June 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  19. ^ "The Lieutenant-Governor Designate". Office of the Lieutenant-Governor. 20 December 2016.
  20. ^ "No. 54763". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 May 1997. p. 5627.
  21. ^ "No. 56735". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 October 2002. p. 7.
  22. ^ "No. 2589550". The London Gazette. 5 August 2016. p. 1120.

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Military offices
New title Commander of the International Security Assistance Force
Succeeded by
Hilmi Akin Zorlu
Preceded by
Richard Dannatt
General Officer Commanding the 3rd Mechanised Division
Succeeded by
Graeme Lamb
Preceded by
John Lippiett
Commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College
Succeeded by
Nick Parker
Preceded by
Andrew Figgures
Senior British Military Representative
and Deputy Commanding General, Multinational Force, Iraq

March–October 2004
Succeeded by
John Kiszely
Preceded by
John Kiszely
Commander Regional Forces
Succeeded by
Nick Parker
Preceded by
John Reith
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Succeeded by
Richard Shirreff
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Andrew Ridgway
Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
Succeeded by
Stephen Dalton