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.
After completing training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, he was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals and served in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Cyprus, as well as on operational deployments in Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Iraq. He commanded at every rank from Lieutenant to Colonel, working in both the communications and intelligence fields. He attended the British Army Staff College 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 was educated at Christ’s Hospital School and completed a BA in Geography at King’s College London. He also holds an MA in Military Studies from Cranfield University and an MA in Military History from the University of Buckingham.
He has a lifelong interest in history and heritage and has been an active battlefield guide for some 25 years. He has led tours of battlefields in 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 the American Civil War remains his favourite era.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI), and is a Director of Destination Milton Keynes.
Iain is married to Anna and they have three grown up children.