Sir John Valentine Wistar Shaw  – 24 December 1982) was a British colonial administrator. Born in Derby on 14 February 1894, Shaw was educated at Repton, and in the First World War did military service from 1914 to 1919. He then joined the Colonial Administrative Service.(14 February 1894
- Assistant District Commissioner, 1921–1925
- District Commissioner, 1925 -1928
- Assistant Secretary, 1928–1935
- Assistant Secretary, 1935–1938
- Senior Assistant Secretary, 1938–1939
- Departmental Chief Secretary, 1939–1940
- Colonial Secretary 1940–1943
- Chief Secretary 1943
Palestine and Cyprus
- Acting Governor, Cyprus and Acting High Commissioner for Palestine for several periods, 1940–1946.
- Governor and Commander-in-Chief, 1947–1950
Shaw died on 24 December 1982 in Hastings, Sussex.
Honours and legacy
Shaw was awarded the CMG in 1942, became Knight Bachelor in 1946, and in 1947. His papers are held by the Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House, with additional items at the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds.