Sir John Mc Coll

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Taking the oath of office in the Royal Court

Sir John Chalmers McColl, KCB, CBE, DSO (1952- ) was Lieut-Governor from 2011 to 2016

Army career

Educated at Culford School in Suffolk, McColl was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Royal Anglian Regiment in 1973 and promoted to lieutenant on 8 September 1974. He was promoted to captain on 8 March 1979 and to major on 30 September 1984. 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. He was promoted to colonel on 30 June 1995 and to brigadier on 31 December 1996

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 Mechanised Division. In 2001 he was appointed the first leader of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. 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.

In October 2007 he became Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe in the rank of General. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 2008 New Year Honours.

Lieutenant Governor of Jersey

On 26 October 2010 it was announced that he would be appointed to the role of Lieut-Governor of Jersey and he was sworn-in on 26 September 2011.

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.

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

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