Iain Standen started work as the CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust in January 2012, after 28 years as a commissioned officer in the British Army.
He was educated at Christ’s Hospital School and King’s College, University of London, and trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and the British Army Staff College. He was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals and served in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Cyprus, as well as on operational deployments to Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Iraq. He commanded at every rank from Lieutenant to Colonel; worked in both the communications and intelligence fields; and served as a staff officer at the Ministry of Defence and a range of other headquarters where he specialised in strategic policy and plans.
He has a lifelong interest in history and heritage, and has been an active battlefield guide for some 25 years. His passion for visiting battlefields stretches back to his childhood and he visited his first, Bosworth Field, well over 30 years ago. Since then he has toured the battlefields of the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and the United States, covering battles and campaigns from the Seven Years War to the Second World War. Whilst maintaining a broad interest in a range of campaigns, the American Civil War remains his favourite era.