Bob comes from a Service background. His mother was a Special Operations Executive operative and his father was a signaller in RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War. Thereafter they met and married in Germany and his father became a regular RAF officer in peacetime. He spent his early childhood with them at RAF stations in the UK and Middle East before being sent away to boarding school. Red/green colour blind he was not able to follow his father into the RAF’s Flying Branch so joined the Army.
After RMA Sandhurst he became an infantry officer and joined the Cheshire Regiment. In 1974 the Army selected him to go to university as an in-service degree officer at the University of Wales where he took a First. In total he completed over 3 years on operational tours in Northern Ireland. In 1992 – 93 he was British United Nations Commander in Bosnia. After Bosnia he was awarded the DSO and promoted to Colonel. His last international appointment was as Chief of Policy at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Belgium. He left the Army in 1996. For 3 years he was Senior Consultant for Public Affairs at Hill & Knowlton (UK) Ltd. In 1998 he became Managing Director of WorldSpace (UK) Ltd with responsibility for establishing satellite broadcasting worldwide. For the last 8 years he has been a freelance writer, broadcaster and lecturer, specialising in Leadership, Security, Intelligence, Motivation, Crisis Management, and Negotiation.
Bob Stewart’s book, ‘Broken Lives’, about command during the Balkan War, was a best seller and he often appears as a commentator on television and radio. He has presented several programmes for Channel 5 TV on the art of negotiation and he wrote and presented a short BBC 1 film on the need for rules on torture to be reviewed. In 2008 he was voted European Business Speaker of the Year. His book, ‘Leadership under Pressure’ was published in 2009.
He was elected Conservative Member of Parliament for Beckenham in 2010.