The Lieutenant-Governor is appointed by Her Majesty The Queen for a period of 5 years to be her personal representative and impartial adviser.
Some of the Lieutenant-Governor's specific responsibilities include:

  • to represent Her Majesty The Queen on ceremonial occasions
  • to host Royal, Ambassadorial and VIP visits and occasions in conjunction with the Island's authorities and the UK government
  • to act as a point of contact between the Island's authorities and the UK government
  • to play a full and active part in the social and charitable affairs of the Island and to promote community activity in this area 
  • to carry out certain executive functions, primarily in relation to the control of immigration, deportation and naturalisation and the issue of passports
  • to transmit recommendations for certain Crown appointments to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from the Insular and Church authorities, as appropriate
  • to make recommendations for the award of Honours to Island residents
  • to be the Commander in Chief of UK Armed Forces in the Island
  • to direct the administration of the Crown Estate in the Island


The Lieutenant-Governor is General Sir John McColl KCB, CBE, DSO.

His Excellency General Sir John McColl KCB CBE DSO

General Sir John McColl was sworn in as Lieutenant-Governor of Jersey on 26th September 2011.

He was commissioned into the 1st Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment in Cyprus in 1973. His early career included the usual Regimental appointments before attending the Army Staff Course in 1984.

On completing the staff course he served as a staff officer in Germany. He joined the 2nd Battalion as a rifle company commander in 1987, serving in Colchester and Celle. In 1989 he was posted to the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment to command an armoured squadron, followed by a tour at the Staff College as a member of the Directing Staff.

In 1992 he assumed command of the 2nd Battalion, based in Celle. His command included deployments to East Tyrone and Bosnia with UNPROFOR. On leaving command in 1995 he was appointed Chief of Staff 1st (UK) Armoured Division, returning to Bosnia as part of NATO’s Peace Implementation Force (IFOR) in 1996.

From 1997 to 1999, he commanded the 1st Mechanized Brigade based in Tidworth, followed by a posting to HQ Land Command as ACOS Commitments until 2000, a period which included the Kosovo and Sierra Leone deployments. Promoted to Major General, he was appointed to command 3rd (UK) Division in 2000.

As GOC of 3rd (UK) Division, he deployed to Afghanistan establishing the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF 1) in 2002. In 2003, General McColl was appointed Commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College in Watchfield. After a year he moved to Baghdad as the Deputy Commander of the Multi National Force Iraq. On return he was appointed Commander Regional Forces within Headquarters Land Command in Wilton. In early 2005 he took on the additional appointment of the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Afghanistan, which ended with the deployment of HQ ARRC in April 2006. His final serving appointment was as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe which he relinquished in March 2011.

General McColl is a Governor of Dean Close School Cheltenham. His interests include reading, golf and running very slowly. He is married to Gene and has three children.

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