An army officer for 28 years, Colonel Bob Stewart DSO MP, or "Bosnia Bob", is best known as the first British Commander under UN command in Bosnia in 1992/3, for which he was awarded the DSO for leadership and gallantry. He is now a freelance consultant and broadcaster, frequently appearing as a commentator on news and current affairs programmes. He presented 'The Negotiator' on Channel 5 and is an accomplished speaker.
Colonel Bob Stewart DSO MP, or "Bosnia Bob", was an Army officer for a total of 28 years.
He became a familiar face to television viewers around the world as he handled the intricacies of Balkan politics - crossing borders when he wasn’t supposed to, negotiating and then manoeuvring his way to keep the peace, delivering much-needed aid to the most lawless country that Europe has seen in many years.
He is now a news and current affairs broadcaster, appearing regularly on all the main television channels. He presented 'The Negotiator' on Channel 5 and is an accomplished speaker.
Commissioned into the British Army in 1969 after officer training, Bob was sent to university where he took a First Class degree in International Politics and Strategy.
Service as an intelligence officer in Northern Ireland led to his return for a further tour as an infantry company commander. He was the officer tasked with control and response to the Ballykelly bombing in 1982, gaining the personal commendation of the GOC Northern Ireland for his actions.
For the next seven years, his appointments covered aspects of Operations at the Ministry of Defence and a spell at the Joint Services Staff College. He then became Military Assistant to the highest-ranking NATO officer at NATO Headquarters.
In 1991, he became the first British United Nations Commander in Bosnia.
Following his return from Bosnia he became Chief of Policy at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe for two years before leaving the Army and joining Hill & Knowlton’s Political Affairs and Corporate Policy Division.
Bob was elected as an MP for Beckenham in Kent and has served in this position since the 2010 general election.
As a speaker, Bob talks about subjects such as leadership in adverse conditions, negotiation, crisis management, planning a complex operation, team building, peace-keeping, the military and politics and the future utility of defence policies and military power. Using his operational experiences, reinforced by extensive, he provides valuable visuals to guide business decision-making.