Born into a millitary family, Colonel Bob Stewart DSO attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he became an infantry officer commissioned into the Cheshire Regiment. The army sent him to the University of Wales where he gained a first class degree in International relations. In 1971 he guarded the Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess in Spandau prison whilst posted in West Berlin at the height of the cold war.
He completed 6 tours of Northern Ireland during the troubles, serving as an intelligence officer in Londonderry and the incident commander at the scene of the Ballykelly bomb in 1982 where 17 people were killed including 6 soldiers from his own company. A personal commendation followed from the General commanding in Northern Ireland for his actions.
As Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion the Cheshire Regiment Colonel Stewart became the first United Nations Commander of British Forces in Bosnia in 1992. He discovered the Ahmci massacre in April 1993 where he ordered a mass grave to be dug for 104 civilians. He subsequently testified in six war crimes trials at the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at the Hague. On returning from Bosnia he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for gallantry and leadership at the front line. He went on to accept an appointment to be Chief of Policy at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe.
After 28 years service Colonel Stewart left the British Army in September 1995 to become Senior Consultant in Public Affairs at Hill & Knowlton (UK) Ltd. His clients included the governments of Greece, Egypt and the Province of Ontario, Canada. In May 1998 he was appointed Managing Director of WorldSpace UK Ltd, a digital radio satellite broadcasting company which operated across the World. On the WorldSpace broadcasting system he set-up and ran the transmission of 21 radio stations internationally from London including CNN and the BBC World Service.
In October 2001 he became a freelance consultant - specialising in Leadership, Communications, Crisis Management, and Negotiation. His first book ‘Broken Lives’, about command during the Bosnian War, was a best-seller and his second ‘Leadership under Pressure’ was published in October 2009. He appeared frequently as a defence commentator in the UK and international media.
He was elected to Parliament on 6th May 2010 as the Conservative MP for Beckenham and is a member of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee. He now resides in Beckenham, with his wife, four amazing children and two beloved dogs.