General Sir Jim Hockenhull KBE ADC Gen

Sir Jim Hockenhull was educated at the Royal Hospital School and commissioned into the Intelligence Corps in 1986 after reading Politics at the University of York on a University Cadetship. His subsequent education includes a MA from Cranfield University and a Visiting Fellowship at Pembroke College, Oxford.

In addition to his career as a professional intelligence officer he has worked in a variety of strategic planning roles. He has also served as an exchange officer with the US Army at Leavenworth and Monterrey and on secondment with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Jim has served in joint appointments for the vast majority of his career, including ten years on operational tours. He has been Chief of Defence Intelligence from December 2018 and was appointed to Commander UK Strategic Command with effect from May 2022.

Commander of Strategic Command

Strategic Command develops and coordinates joint capabilities for UK Defence such as medical services, intelligence, support and logistics, digital and communication systems, cyber, special forces, training and education, and our overseas bases. We also manages overseas military operations through the Permanent Joint Headquarters.

Northwood Headquarters

A military headquarters in north-west London. The Base has been used by the British Armed Forces since 1939. It was home to the RAF Coastal Command during World War 1 but is now the UK’s principal military HQ site and home to 5 Operational HQs. These are Strategic Command HQ, Standing Joint Force HQ, Permanent Joint Headquarters, the Commander Allied Maritime Command (one of NATO’s 3 major Commanders) and the Royal Navy’s Maritime Operations Centre. The site itself was almost completely rebuilt between 2006 to 11, resulting in a purpose-built HQ site for 2,000 personnel.

HMS WILDFIRE is a reserve unit of the Royal Navy and is based at Northwood Headquarters. It has been operating for over 50 years with reservists from Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.


The Northwood Headquarters site has a strict Control of Entry (CoE) policy, which all personnel including visitors and contractors are to adhere to. The Commanding Officer is responsible for access control for the site; this responsibility is delegated to the Base Security Officer (BSyO), who exercises this control through the MOD Guard Service (MGS) and the Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS) personnel on duty.


To enter the establishment, all personnel must be in possession of a valid pass. Passes must be arranged by the sponsor of your visit or posting to Northwood HQ.


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