Lieutenant General James Bashall (Ret)
Following 34 years service, Lt Gen James Bashall retired from the Regular Army in October 2018. As a young officer he commissioned into the Parachute Regiment and served with the Regiment’s 2nd and 3rd battalions. During his career Lt Gen Bashall commanded the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, the 1st Mechanised Brigade, and the 1st (UK) Armoured Division, deploying to Germany, Afghanistan, South Armagh, Iraq and Libya to name a few. He later held positions as Chief of Staff at Permanent Joint Headquarters, and Director Personnel at Army Headquarters. His final post was Commander Home Command, overseeing the Army’s main support elements from training and recruitment to soldier welfare.