Brigadier General Durance took over command of the NATO Headquarters Skopje from Brigadier General Dennis Blease and became the NATO Senior Military Representative on 1 December 2005. He remained on that post until 27th of November 2007.
Brigadier John Durance is 52 and was educated at Steyning Grammar School before being commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1974. He obtained an in-service civil engineering degree and has served in the UK, Germany, Belize, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Hong Kong, where he served with the Queen's Gurkha Engineers. He attended the Army Staff College in 1985 and since then he has served on the staff of the Director Military Operations and as the Military Assistant to the Armed Forces Minister in the Ministry of Defence, as well as on the operations staff in HQ LAND Command. He was also an instructor at the RAF Staff College and has recently been the Director Academic Operations at the NATO Defence College in Rome.
At regimental duty he has commanded 69 Gurkha Independent Field Squadron in the UK and Belize; and 35 Engineer Regiment in Germany and Bosnia. In between he commanded a company at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. After an educative year at the Royal College of Defence Studies, Brigadier Durance, in December 2000, assumed the post of Head of Operations and Plans at HQ Army Training and Recruiting Agency. He was promoted to Brigadier in August 2002 and was posted to serve for two years as the Director Academic Operations at the NATO Defence College in Rome. He assumed command of the NATO HQ Skopje on the 1 December 2005.
He is married to Nicola and they have four children aged from 16 to 21. He likes all sports and enjoys sailing and skiing. He was until recently Chairman of Army Swimming, Diving and Water Polo.