Sir Richard Shirreff


Over 37 years experience as an international leader and commander rising to highest rank in British Army and NATO. Extensive experience of building unity of effort with different nations, governments, the humanitarian community and wide variety of other stakeholders in order to resolve complex problems. First hand understanding of the challenges of decision making under extreme political and media pressure, and proven record of leading dynamic change management makes him well placed to support corporate leaders in the development and operationalising of strategy to manage complex risks.

Iain Pickard


20 years in the British Army before leaving in 2003.   Since then has forged a successful commercial career: former COO at Marsh UK, COO of a leading Lloyds broker, Change Director for Aon’s wholesale/specialty division, Ops Director of Aspen Re, Head of Financial Services at the 7th largest professional services firm in the UK and a Financial Conduct Authority ‘Skilled Person’ for risk and governance. Identified niche for risk mitigation and transfer consultancy in 2008. Successfully applied methodology with mining ops in Guinea. Fuses experience of campaign planning with relevant financial, insurance and commercial risk management experience.

Edward Haslam

Senior Advisor

Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director at Centamin since 2011. In addition to his role as senior independent director, Edward Haslam undertakes certain additional governance functions, as Josef El-Raghy is an Executive Chairman. Edward’s title was changed in 2015 to Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director to take account of his responsibilities.
Edward has been non executive Director (and Chairman from June 2007 to April 2012) of the LSE listed Talvivaara plc and since 1 May 2004 has been a non executive director of Aquarius Platinum Ltd. In 1981, Edward joined Lonmin, he was appointed a director in 1999 and Chief Executive Officer in November 2000 before retiring in April 2004. Edward is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (UK).

Lord Peter Hain

Senior Advisor

The Right Honourable Lord Hain served in the UK Government for 12 years, 7 of these in the Cabinet. He negotiated the 2007 settlement to end the conflict in Northern Ireland and was a Foreign Minister with successive responsibilities for Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He is a non-Executive Director of two AIM-listed UK companies operating in Africa, and was a British leader of the anti-apartheid movement.

Tangy C. Morgan

Senior Advisor

(Re)insurance executive with over 25 years of experience in the US, Bermuda, London and international markets insuring the catastrophe liability of global organizations ranging across all sectors. She has built a successful career; Senior Vice President of Starr Excess International (AIG), Deputy Head of Syndicate Underwriting Performance Corporation of Lloyd’s of London and a Senior Advisor to the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority.

Prior to her (re)insurance career, Tangy was an Oil and Gas Production Analyst in Conoco, Inc. North American Production Division. She holds degrees from Tennessee State University and a Master of Science Degree in Business Continuity, Security and Risk Management from Boston University.

Barnaby Briggs

Associate Director

Barnaby brings 25 years of experience in the energy and natural resources sector focused on social performance planning and implementation, reputation management, government and regulatory affairs. He was the Head of Social Performance Management Unit with Shell, where he transformed management teams across the world to ensure social issues were effectively addressed, creating value and managing risks.

Elodie Grant Goodey

Associate Director

Elodie is a social performance and external affairs professional with 20 years’ experience in external issues management, societal risk assessment, corporate responsibility, government and civil society relations, and strategic communications. She has a valuable track record of managing key stakeholders at executive and frontline levels in a FTSE100 company. She was formerly Head of Societal Issues and Relationships at BP, leading social policy management, social risk assessment, advocacy and stakeholder engagement. In this role, she advised executive teams and Board members on societal trends and risks, policy and advocacy positions and provided critical recommendations on new market entry and developed and implemented corporate responsibility strategies in challenging countries. She also worked as Head of Communications for BP’s Upstream business and as Communications and External Affairs Director for BP’s North Africa business. Previously, Elodie worked for the BBC World Service and volunteered for a number of human rights NGOs. More recently, she worked on stakeholder engagement in Albania and Greece and on labour influx issues in Uganda.

Saskia Marsh

Associate Director

Saskia holds 10+ years’ experience spanning the corporate, diplomatic and international development spheres. She specialises in managing the socio-political risks in, and transforming the dynamics of, fragile and conflict-prone environments.

While with the United Nations she led a Guinness World record-breaking anti-radicalisation programme for 250,000 Gazans. She was the UN negotiator with the Israeli military during the 2009 Gaza conflict. She has been responsible for political engagement on behalf of, and improving operational effectiveness within, missions in Lebanon and Kosovo.

Saskia has subsequently advised natural resource companies on their government, community  and NGO engagement strategies across Africa and the Middle East. She holds a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and an MBA from IMD Business School.

Paul Martin

Associate Director

Security professional with three decades of practitioner experience. Paul was Director of Security for Parliament from 2013 to 2016, with responsibility for the physical, cyber and personnel security of both Houses. For the previous 26 years he was a UK government official in the national security arena. His roles included heading a precursor to the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and leading national security preparations for the London 2012 Olympics. Before joining government service, Paul lectured in behavioural science at the University of Cambridge and has written several books on the subject. He is a Distinguished Research Fellow at Imperial College London and a Senior Associate Fellow of RUSI.

Dr Shavana Musa

Associate Director

Shavana is an expert within the fields of international law, human rights and security law and policy and has worked on leading projects relating to business and human rights. She has extensive experience working as a legal consultant and researcher, providing advice and guidance on the implementation of human rights policies to companies within the extractive, cyber and military industries. This includes developing strategy to reduce social and political risk in fragile and conflict-affected areas and bringing together multi-stakeholder groups for a more holistic approach to risk management.

Cly Wallace

Associate Director

Cly is an international strategic communications professional with more than 20 years experience in the corporate and civil sectors and a focus on business sustainability and multi-sector partnerships. She spent ten years as a Public Affairs and Communications executive at The Coca-Cola Company, providing guidance and support on all aspects of business communications for markets throughout Europe, the Middle East, India and the Pacific. She also served as communications director for the company’s Philippines division based in Manila. Since 2000, she has worked as an independent consultant, supporting clients on a range of strategic communications and multi-sector partnership projects. Most recently, she has worked with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to develop corporate partnership strategies, including in the areas of disaster preparedness, flood resilience, first aid and road safety. Cly also has a special interest in intercultural dialogue and authored a UN publication on Doing Business in a Multicultural World.

Roger Flory

Associate Director

Roger is a financial markets transformation consultant with substantial international senior leadership experience in investment and commercial banking, asset management and wholesale insurance. In recent consulting assignments he has led the restructuring and delivery of multi-hundred million pound global business transformation programmes, principally in the Risk and Regulation domain.
His background in top tier consulting includes being lead partner of Andersen’s UK Risk Technology practice and practice head for IT organisational effectiveness at Capgemini Consulting. In industry, Roger has held CIO roles as Head of Global Fixed Income Technology for BNP in the UK and as Managing Director of Business Technology EME at Marsh.

Dr Martin Keeley

Associate Director

Martin has worked in the international oil & gas exploration business since 1980, making material oil finds on several continents, as well as starting-up and funding oil companies. He has hands-on experience of all technical, managerial, legal and commercial aspects of the industry, and has managed operations in countries as varied as Colombia, Egypt and Kazakhstan. Martin has held board positions in public companies listed on TSX, AIM and LSE, as well as in consulting and management consulting companies. He has also acted as a Competent Person, expert witness, and advisor to various governments on attracting upstream oil & gas investment capital.

Petroleum geology is Martin’s academic strength, holding B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees; he is a past Visiting Professor at UCL, and has published research, and is an expert on, South America, North Africa, West Africa and Ireland. Subsequently, as his interests have broadened into creating shareholder value, Martin took a Management Diploma at the Open University, and has become an authority on issues of risk in the industry, including activism associated with fracking and climate change.

Martin is fluent in Spanish, and speaks some Arabic, Italian and Russian.

Dr Simon Dominy

Associate Director

Simon’s career has included technical and leadership roles in mine operations, consulting and academia/R&D. He takes an holistic view of mining projects and operations through the application of strategic and tactical geometallurgy. Simon has expertise in the evaluation and exploitation of various metalliferous mineralisation styles and has developed extensive skills in project studies, operational reviews and due diligence. He has acted as a Competent/Qualified Person in accordance with The JORC Code and NI43-101 on projects globally. Simon has researched and published extensively across economic geology, resource estimation, sampling/Theory of Sampling, narrow vein mining and mineral processing. He is a Visiting Associate Professsor at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, UK and Adjunct Professor at the WA School of Mines, Curtin University, Australia.

Bob Austin

Associate Director

Bob brings forty years senior experience of the international mining sector and strategic direction. First graduating from the Royal School of Mines in London with a B.Sc. (Mining), he also holds MBA from the London Business School – specialising in the valuation and financing of mining ventures – together with a B.Comm. from the University of South Africa. Widely experienced in the management and leadership of both underground and surface mining operations, he has been responsible for projects and businesses in Africa, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Middle East and the Indian Ocean regions. Previously Principal Mining Engineer for a leading, UK based international mining consultancy, he has recently completed a major strategic development project for Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and the country’s Ministry of Mines & Petroleum.

A certificated Mine Manager with direct knowledge of mining for gold, copper, coal, iron, base-minerals and building-materials, Bob is a registered Chartered Engineer and recognised “Competent Person / Expert Witness” for mining affairs. In addition to his technical expertise, Bob is a fluent French speaker with conversational ability is several other languages.

Maciej Olex-Szczytowski

Associate Director

Maciej (Matthew) Olex-Szczytowski is an independent business adviser specialising in Central Europe. He is Adviser to Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, and Adviser to the European Fund for Strategic Investments, a EUR 315 bn initiative of the EU. Previously he held senior management roles in private sector and state organisations in a number of countries. A banker by training, he has led fund-raisings worldwide valued at around £120 bn, including numerous project financings. He studied at Cambridge (Trinity College), the LSE and in France at INSEAD (MBA). He has fluent English, French, German and Polish. He has published extensively.

Tim Evans

Associate Director

34 years in the British Army, including service with the UK Special Forces, with a proven track record in international leadership, having been Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and CEO of a NATO Multi-national Headquarters.  Extensive experience in crisis management in high-risk environments worldwide, including operations in Africa, Middle East, and Afghanistan, involving counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, and stabilisation operations. Very comfortable in highly complex, nuanced and challenging situations, which require the successful integration of different ideas, interests and stakeholders.

Colin Danvers

Associate Director

Colin brings with him 35 years of experience gained in the British Army and, since leaving in 2015, a growing expertise in the commercial sector, particularly focused in the Horn of Africa.  During his military career, he served in a number of capacities ranging from tactician, planner and strategist in a variety of national, multi-national, coalition and UN operations worldwide.  He has strong diplomatic negotiating credentials and, being permanently based in Nairobi, he has a first-hand understanding of the commercial and risk landscapes of East Africa.

Richard Dennis

Associate Director

Richard has over 35 years’ military experience which saw him involved in operations in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, the Gulf and Afghanistan. He is now an independent business consultant and security advisor. He has extensive experience in complex transformation at home and abroad in both the public and private sectors, including 12 years accumulated service as a NED in a variety of business sectors. He has mentored at ministerial level in Afghanistan and has been closely involved with a range of highly sensitive projects in support of governments in Africa and Asia including reducing organised crime and acting as a conduit for ceasefire negotiations. He provides advice to governments and businesses on the assessment of organisational fitness, the mitigation of risk and crisis management in a wide variety of settings. A highly effective coach, mentor, risk analyst, project and change manager adept at developing committed, empowered and effective teams while building consensus across stakeholder groups.

Hasan Aygun

Associate Director

As a former Political Advisor, Hasan worked with NATO as a high ranking civilian international staff member for 12 years.

At NATO, he advised the Commander, providing background knowledge, analysis and assessment on world events, with emphasis on potential risks and possible outcomes. He also represented the Command at Political/Civilian domains, supported operations planning and execution, and participated in training, education, public information and strategic communication efforts.

As a career diplomat for 22 years, Hasan served in Iraq, Italy, Yugoslavia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Saudi Arabia, and at the OSCE (Austria), in different capacities, mostly as Chief of Mission. His tenures coincided with major crisis of those regions and he managed missions during the Iran-Iraq War, the Balkans crises and the Caucasus disputes.

Today, his areas of expertise encompass several disciplines, including: international relations, global security issues and conflict/risk management, with a geographical focus on the former Soviet states, the Middle East, Africa, Islamic World and maritime/energy transportation.

A native Turkish speaker, Hasan is fluent in English, Azeri and Italian and can converse in German, French and Portuguese.

Sir Hugh Orde

Associate Director

An Internationally acclaimed police leader with a proven track record in delivering organisational change in the most challenging environments. Sir Hugh is an experienced operator in crisis management situations at the highest level and against a terrorist backdrop. Unique experience in managing and engaging in complex peace processes nationally and internationally, working across government to deliver lasting change. A respected international speaker on leadership, negotiation in peace processes, terrorism, police ethics politics and policing.

David McKay

Associate Director

David is a geologist and hydrogeologist with 26 years’ experience in groundwater management within the mining, civil engineering, public water, oil and gas, defence and government sectors. Whilst working for several large international consultancies spending equal time in the UK and Australia David worked in numerous destinations most notably including Abu Dhabi, Algeria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Ireland, Norway, South Africa and Ukraine but also in  Djibouti, Kenya, Libya, Mozambique, New Zealand, PNG, Guinea and Russia. Since 2015 David has operated as an independent consultant providing advice and technical review principally for mining projects worldwide including those in Brazil, Guinea, Poland, South Africa and most recently Serbia.

Peter Watkinson

Associate Director

Peter has more than 45 years experience in the UK and overseas mining industry, including more than 33 years in positions of responsible charge. He has extensive and varied experience in technical, development, operational, marketing and general management fields in surface and underground mining environments in coal and metal mining operations in many countries worldwide, but especially in the UK, eastern USA, Southern and West Africa, Russia and Kazakhstan.   His wide practical experience covers the design, operation, management and inspection of mine excavations, the associated mining and process wastes produced from the extractive industries, including their physical stability and safety, the potential environmental and social impacts, the health and safety implications and all aspects of their rehabilitation and restoration.  He also has experience in the alternate energy and recycling fields.  He is a registered Chartered Engineer.

Mike South

Associate Director

Mike is a fully qualified and graduate mining engineer with extensive international Technical, Commercial and Production experience spanning more than 40 years in a wide diversity of minerals mining related environments. He has demonstrated his ability to rationalise and manage the risks associated with mining for optimum design through to improved productivity and profitability.

Holly Havers

Legal, Marketing and Business Development Manager

Holly is a qualified solicitor who trained at Taylor Wessing and  spent 3 years post qualification working in their Intellectual Property and Libel Department.  She then worked for 6 years as an in-house legal advisor for ny-lon Design and Sebastian Conran Associates.  Before she went to Edinburgh University she completed a Short Service Limited Commission in the British Army as a 2Lt in the Royal Logistics Corps.

Dave Lawrence

Associate Director

Dave is a geologist with over 35 years’ experience in the exploration, operational and corporate environment. Primarily a coal geologist, Dave has worked on some of the largest opencast and underground operations in the World and has extensive experience in South Africa, Australia, Kazakhstan, Colombia and Poland. While working for a large international Mining House, Dave was involved in a variety of Due Diligence, Acquisition and Divestment opportunities. He has recently worked on limestone and oil sand projects.

Dave is registered as a Competent Person.  

Rob Weighill

Associate Director

Rob served 33 years in the British Army, culminating in service with NATO’s Southern Flank Joint Headquarters based in Naples as a 2 star general. Led the rapid planning for NATO’s joint air and maritime operations in Libya. Significant relevant experience in interpreting and understanding complex situations, conducting detailed integrated analysis to formulate an effective diagnosis and generating strategic plans in complex, volatile and uncertain environments.

Keith Walker

Associate Director

Over 38 years of leadership and management experience, rising to the rank of Lieutenant General, and culminating as the Director of the U.S. Army Capabilities Integration Center.  Strong background with multinational, interagency, and joint partners in strategy, plans, policy, operations, training, human resources, and financial management through the strategic level.  Consistent track record of innovation, problem solving, and tangible results.  Recent senior executive experience in defining uncertain and constantly changing future operating environments, developing concepts for operating in those environment, and identifying capabilities needed to enable the realization of those concepts.

Nigel Warmington

Associate Director

Nigel leads high profile, large scale, national and international transformation programmes that deliver strategic change, turnaround, efficiency gains and performance improvement. He specialises in assignments where risks are high, budgets are tight, delivery schedules are finite and stakeholders disagree. He is a Chartered Director and internationally accredited Executive Coach helping CEOs and Boards improve individual and team effectiveness especially during challenging change. He has multi-sector experience including delivering successful change in NATO, Defence organisations and the NHS to fulfil Ministerial direction and Government policy objectives.

Douglas O. Marston

Associate Director

Over 24 years of experience in global financial services. He spent 20 years with J.P. Morgan in a variety of assignments in Europe and the US, and later served as  Chief Executive for Coutts Businesses in the US, the Caribbean, and the Channel Islands, with responsibility for over 1400 employees in over 14 different locations. His last position was as a Managing Director of UBS AG, based in Zurich. Starting in 2002,  Douglas founded and manages an independent asset management business in Zurich, and he holds a small portfolio of diverse non-executive directorships.

Phil Young

Associate Director

Phil has some 40 years experience in and around the mining industry. He was the risk manager of African Minerals operation in Sierra Leone until December 2014. Previously, he held positions with London based insurance brokers, Cooper Gay, Aon and Alexander Forbes (now Locktons) specialising in mining, as well as 5 years working at Rio Tinto’s head office responsible for managing the risk-engineering programme and 6 years in operations. Prior to that, he spent 6 years as an engineering consultant and 3 years at Impala Platinum in South Africa. He has carried out high-level risk assessments for both mining projects and operations in many parts of the World. He is a registered European Engineer.

Tim Hely

Associate Director

Leadership roles in complex and international environments with the British and Australian armies for 25 years before advisory roles with diverse Australian Federal Government departments. He developed the Crisis and Security Framework for Snowy Hydro Limited, a major pillar in Australia’s National Electricity Market, through the integration of military planning techniques and commercial requirements. Humanitarian experience with diverse NGOs in West Africa. A member of The Australian Strategic Policy Institute, The Kenyon Institute of Crisis Management and The American Society for Industrial Security International.

Edyta Kwiatkowska

Associate Director

Edyta has extensive experience spanning the corporate, international and governmental spheres. She specialises in comprehensive analysis of conflicts and underlying risks, focusing on political, social, economic and environmental domains. Following a successful career in business as a product manager and buyer, she became a strategic analyst with NATO, specializing in civil-military analysis and horizon scanning of emerging risks. Edyta has subsequently supported the development and delivery of joint NATO exercises, focusing on complex and insecure environments. She is an accomplished graduate earning three Master’s degrees – Peace and Conflict Studies from Australia, International Relations from Poland, and Economics from Germany. Her areas of interest encompass international relations, conflict and risk analysis, and transnational and emerging security challenges.

Rupert Irving

Associate Director

A founder partner of a leading specialist management consultancy in 2000 and has over 30 years combined experience in the Insurance Markets, during which he has built and established a strong track record in the sector. Background in Risk and Insurance with C.T. Bowring working in the Lloyd’s and London International markets, and Johnson & Higgins Inc working in North America, Europe and Middle East. Both companies are now part of Marsh Inc.

Peter Hudson

Associate Director

Peter Hudson served for 36 years in the Royal Navy during which time he commanded numerous ships, task groups and operations.  He was involved in leading international groupings in NATO, the EU, East Africa and the Middle East to help address security challenges within the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf, giving him a unique perspective on the complex relationships between multiple international authorities, regional governments and the commercial sector in the maritime and littoral environment.  As Head of NATO’s Maritime Command he was the senior global maritime advisor within the Alliance and led crisis response planning, operational risk analysis and partnership development for that environment.  In the UK, he served on the Navy Board leading development of future maritime strategies, delivering organisational change and evolving capabilities for the Royal Navy.

Graham Brownbill

Associate Director

After 29 years of leading and delivering analytical advice and support to senior UK and NATO military commanders and their staff, is now providing independent analytical advice to a wider range of international stakeholders.    Extensive experience of working in a multinational and high stress environments providing independent evidence based decision and planning support from the early planning stage to final delivery in order to ensure that risks can be identified and mitigated, progress assessed and strategic objectives ultimately achieved.

Charlie Martin

Associate Director

Charlie has had an exceptional career with the French military having spent 21 years in the French Foreign Legion and French Special Forces.  For the last 15 years Charlie has advised leading global mining and oil and gas companies on all aspects of security across Europe, the Middle East and Africa; these have included Rio Tinto, Woodside and Statoil.
Charlie has degrees in Military Warfare and Operational Management, speaks fluent French and understands basic Arabic. A naturalised Frenchman, Charlie has received France’s highest accolade, the Légion d’Honneur.

Tony Friend

Associate Director

Over 20 years’ experience advising clients on communications and reputation management including corporate campaigns, crisis management, and capital markets transactions as well as broader engagement with key stakeholders both in the UK and internationally including in a number of emerging and frontier markets.

Initially qualified as a Chartered Accountant before moving into banking and corporate broking giving a strong understanding of financial issues and audiences.

Bill Jowitt

Associate Director

Bill Jowitt is a highly skilled Programme Manager with wide experience of orchestrating private sector, government and international projects. Able to work at the highest strategic level, deal with complexity and understand the context driving clients’ needs. He is also an experienced change manager, dealing with all levels within organisations to unearth underlying problems. Bill spent 10 years in the British Army, 14 with EDS and Hewlett Packard and more recently has been a consultant for a wide variety of enterprises.

Justin Davies

Associate Director

Justin Davies worked for the UK Foreign Office for 12 years seconded to international institutions such as the United Nations and the European Union. A civilian crisis management specialist he established and deployed multinational civilian missions into complex, fragile and conflict affected areas across the world. One example is the EU-ASEAN Aceh Monitoring Mission which deployed into the tsunami destroyed Aceh Province in Indonesia in 2005 and facilitated the ending of civil war there. Key to such success is seamless interaction with host governments and local authorities and perfect planning in terms of deliverable objectives, public affairs, communications, logistics and security.

Mark Wenham

Associate Director

Mark recently completed a 35-year career in the British Army, specialising latterly in media and communications. He has been spokesman for UK Forces and NATO in Afghanistan, He provided media advice to senior British officers during the Syria crisis in 2013 and has trained and advised senior Army and Police officers as well as advising senior politicians and public figures from overseas governments. He was also involved with a media capacity building project in North Africa, and speaks regularly at conferences. He is Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (MIPR) as an Accredited Practitioner (AP).

Donika Capi

Associate Director

Donika Capi brings in strong expertise in Strategic Planning and Management, Disaster Management and Conflict Resolution with special focus in NATO Comprehensive Approach, NATO Campaign Planning and Civil-Military Cooperation. She equally has extensive experience in Business Development and Project Cycle Management with International Organizations such as EU, UN, World Bank etc. She has served as Director of Civil-Military Affairs in SHAPE, Mons and during 2009-2013 she has been assigned to lead, as high civilian advisor, the process of Strategic Defense Review and the transformation of the Albanian Armed Forces.

Jamie Martin

Associate Director

33 years in British Army before leaving in 2015. Combines extensive experience of strategic level policy development and campaign planning with on-the-ground leadership and management of the delivery of complex operational projects and programmes in challenging, often post-conflict, environments. Considerable experience of media and strategic communications planning and promoting corporate reputation as well as experience of delivering defence and security sector reform, defence capacity building and disaster management training, particularly in Africa. Delivers desired outcomes particularly through developing strong working relationships with key stakeholders.

Nick Slinger

Associate Director

Nick Slinger served in the British Army for over 30 years seeing service all over the world. Latterly he worked in the international arena on a number of diverse issues including defence relations, policy development, conflict prevention, peacekeeping, campaign assessment, interoperability, hostage negotiation and investigations. He was a member of the United Nations Security Council, an Acting Defence Attache in Rwanda, Serbia, Nigeria and Albania, a liaison officer to US CENTCOM, worked in the UK MOD, with the UK Cabinet Office and was seconded to NATO and the UK Foreign Office in New York.

Anthony Paphiti

Associate Director

Spanning over 30 years’ experience in private practice, as a military legal officer and consultant, Anthony has advised on some of the most complex legal and political challenges, providing situational risk analysis and setting out available options for best outcomes in both the operational and non-operational environment, working with partner nations. An effective negotiator, he has taken part in NATO level inter-governmental diplomacy concerning a varied and extensive spectrum of nation-building tasks. He is an original thinker who can quickly identify system solutions.

Paddy Allison

Associate Director

A well versed operations director, trainer and analyst with strong leadership and senior management experience developed in demanding and varied appointments as a senior officer in the British Army. Adept at producing solutions within complex environments, experienced in change management and establishing new and innovative organisations. Last ten years spent at board level leading programmes and projects in air land integration, individual and collective training, capacity building and security sector reform. Unusual level of commercial and marketing competence, with a positive, proactive and energetic personality.

Tim Watts

Associate Director

Internationally experienced, strategic and operational leader with a track record of success in directing and managing complex and sensitive acquisition programmes, global IT service provision and cyber security, command and control, large-scale training design and delivery, crisis management, security sector stabilisation and diplomacy. Former senior Army officer with 36 years of MOD leadership experience in a very wide range of challenging roles, and particular experience in the Gulf and Sub-Saharan Africa. Recent roles have included: director of a multi-£Bn C4I acquisition, training, civil construction and service management programme in the Middle East, the British Army’s Signal Officer in Chief, Chief Executive of a tri-service technical and leadership college, and Defence Attaché in the Sudan.

Mark Walton

Associate Director

Mark served 35 years in the British Army. Extensive international, diplomatic and risk management experience with NATO, FCO, UN and DFID in conflict and post-conflict conditions, with particular emphasis on Africa’s Great Lakes region and South-East Asia. Strong strategic planning and crisis management skills proven during multi-national operations in complex environments. Experienced negotiator with militant and indigenous tribal groups, at both local and national level.

Francesca Dell’Acqua

Associate Director

Francesca is high-energy professional with 20 years of experience with the UN, NATO, EU, OSCE, academic institutions and other international organizations focusing on international development, post-conflict reconstruction, governance and democratization, civil military relations, humanitarian assistance and human rights.

Francesca is a strategic planner and trainer and has worked in conflict and post-conflict areas in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. She integrates the social dimension into the development of risk management strategies; advising and training on corporate social responsibility.

Rajesh Rampal

Associate Director

Rajesh Rampal is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience of premier Corporate Sector Companies in India, first with DCM Ltd, India’s then fourth largest Company and subsequently during the project phase in India of two Fortune 500 companies, GKN plc (GKN Driveline Ltd) and Degussa AG (Insilco Ltd.). He was Manager Corporate Finance-I in Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited before spending two years in Uganda with Cable Corporation Ltd in collaboration with the Japanese company Hashimoto. He has worked with India’s premier Economic Think Tank – the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations as well as dealing with leading financial Institutions and banks ICICI, SBI, IDBI, IFC (W), Goldman Sachs and EADB and major law firms Clifford Chance, Sullivan & Cromwell, Little & Co, Crawford Bailey, Amarchand Mangaldas Shroff, Khaitan & Co and J.B. Dadachanji & Co. Finally, he has wide experience in the insurance, stock market and corporate training sectors.

Nigel Greenwood

Associate Director

Nigel was active as a seagoing officer with the RCN for 37 years, culminating in successive Flag Officer appointments as Pacific Fleet Commander, Deputy Commander of the RCN, and Commander Maritime Forces Pacific. Experienced in practical risk management, from base infrastructure and environmental stewardship to SAR, and maritime air, surface and submarine operations in both national and multinational contexts, since 2012 he has been engaged as a certified Master Mariner in operational risk assessments in the maritime industry, maritime training and Arctic operations. His broad understanding of international relations was informed by practical exposure in the Pacific Rim was well as post-graduate education at the Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies and the Royal College of Defence Studies/King’s College London, giving a solid grounding in complex social and security risk appreciation.

Lucy Michael

Business Manager

Marketing manager with strong experience in maintaining client / agency relationships, planning campaigns and delivering these within budget and to deadline.

Four years client account handling at two of London’s largest advertising agencies McCann Erickson and RKCR / Y&R, two years as Advertising and Brand Manager at Lloyds Bank.