Major General John Collyer
Major General John Collyer
Chief Information Officer

Major General Collyer was educated at Ermysted’s Grammar School in North Yorkshire and Welbeck Sixth Form College before commissioning into the Royal Signals. His early service was spent at Regimental Duty in Battlegroup, Brigade, Division, Corps and Joint Force formations and with Other Government Departments.

Following Junior and Initial Command and Staff courses, Major General Collyer commanded at Squadron and Regimental level and subsequently Joint Forces Cyber Group and 1st (United Kingdom) Signal Brigade. His staff appointments have included the MOD Operations Directorate, Defence Intelligence, Army Headquarters, Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and the United States Security Coordinator HQ. In the deployed arena, he has operated in the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He holds a 1st Class Information Systems Engineering Degree with honours and a Masters in Defence Studies from King’s College London.

Following an assignment as Head Strategy, Capability and Development in the Army HQ Information Directorate, he was appointed the Army HQ’s Director of Information and Chief Information Officer from October 2021.

A keen mountaineer, climber and ultra-distance competitor, Major General Collyer has led military and civilian expeditions in the Far East, the Middle East, the Alps, Tanzania, Kenya and the USA. He has led and competed in multiple ultra-distance running and swimming challenges across Europe and in the US. His academic interests include the Near Middle East, politics, technology, innovation and history. He is married to Emma, a teacher; they have two boys and live in Herefordshire.