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DSO MP COLONEL
Business Leadership: How to Cope with the Pressures.
Experiences in Command in the Balkans.
The Bosnian Conflict.
UK Defence: The Past, Present and Future.
Life as an MP.
CAREER TRIGGER POINTS
The son of an RAF officer, educated at Chigwell School, The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the University of Wales (1st Class Honours Degree in International Politics and Strategy) and 2 Military Staff Colleges.
A distinguished Army career with operational and command appointments in Northern Ireland and Bosnia; Retired as a Colonel in 1996. He became a media personality as a result of his Bosnian experiences and acquired nickname of ‘Bosnia Bob’.
Embarked on a successful business career as a Senior Consultant Public Affairs with Hill and Knowlton (UK) ltd and then became Managing Director of WorldSpace (UK) - a digital satellite broadcasting company.
Elected to Parliament in the 2010 General election as the Conservative member for Beckenham in Kent; Member of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee.His views have been in constant media demand ever since his Bosnian experience and he is a well known media and broadcasting personality.
The son of a military father, his global childhood experiences influenced his own choice of career when, at the age of 17, in 1989, he embarked on two years of training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
He was commissioned into the Cheshire Regiment. His Army career was full of interest; he spent time in Berlin where he guarded Rudolf Hess at Spandau Prison; he completed a number of operational tours in Northern Ireland and, from September 1992 to May 1993, he was the first British Commander of United Nations Forces in Bosnia. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in June 1993.
In addition to his extensive operational experiences, in 1974 he completed a First Class Honours Degree at the University of Wales and later completed Advanced Staff Training at the Army Staff College Camberley.Bob left the Army in 1996. In 1997 he took leave from his new employer, the public relations company, Hill and Knowlton, to help his friend, Martin Bell, the well known BBC War Correspondent, who was successfully standing for Parliament in Tatton as an independent candidate against the then Conservative incumbent, Neil Hamilton; this was a high profile and controversial election and Bob Stewart was given much credit for his involvement, and the successful outcome.
At the May 2010 General Election he stood as the Conservative candidate for Beckenham in Kent and was duly elected as MP for that constituency. He maintains a high profile in Parliament and continues to be widely sought after for broadcasting contributions. He is a member of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee where, with his strong military background, he has much to offer.
A colourful character and greatly sought after for his wide experience and forthright views, Bob Stewart has an engaging and entertaining personality.