|Years of service 1980 – present|
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Name Adrian Bradshaw
|Commands held 7th Armoured Brigade
1st (UK) Armoured Division|
Battles/wars Bosnian War War in Iraq
Awards Order of the Bath, Order of the British Empire
Similar People Richard Shirreff, Nick Carter, Philip M Breedlove
Battles and wars Bosnian War, Iraq War
A Conversation With the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe
General Sir Adrian John Bradshaw, KCB, OBE (born 1958) is a 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.
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).
Bradshaw was commissioned into the 14th/20th King's Hussars in 1980. In 1994 he became Commanding Officer of the King's Royal Hussars commanding the KRH Battlegroup in Bosnia. On promotion to Brigadier he became Senior Advisor to the Combined Forces Air Component Command preparing for the invasion of Iraq. 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. By 2006 he was Director Special Forces.
In March 2009 Bradshaw was appointed General Officer Commanding 1st Armoured Division which undertook a major training exercise in the Czech Republic in May 2009. 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. He is Vice-Chairman of the Combined Services Polo Association.
Bradshaw assumed the role of Commander Land Forces in succession to General Sir Nick Parker in January 2013. He was succeeded by Lieutenant General Nick Carter as Commander Land Forces in November 2013.
Bradshaw was promoted to general and appointed Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe on 28 March 2014. 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. He retired on 12 August 2017.