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CSARN : Foreign & Commonwealth Office / Overseas Business Risk, Lancaster House

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Brett Lovegrove Brett Lovegrove /
Chief Executive, CSARN

Brett joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1978. Over his 30 years of service, he has been posted to uniformed, academic, strategic and detective duties. In 1992, he served as a Detective Inspector in Counter-Terrorism and spent much of that time in Northern Ireland and Europe. He attended Reading University and gained a Masters degree in Criminal Justice and Terrorism.

Brett transferred to the City of London police in his last five years and retired as the Head of Counter Terrorism that included the CT Section, Emergency Planning and Business Continuity, CBRN, Police Search Advisors and Architectural Liaison.

In this role, he was frequently asked to advise international organisations and governments including the US Congress, the European Government in The Hague and the Danish Parliament. Brett led on the London, national and international rollout of Project Griffin (a police/security professional initiative to identify hostile reconnaissance), is now a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, a member of the Defence and Security Committee in the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a member of the UKTI DSO security sector advisory group, a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a visiting professor at the European Centre for Security Studies in Germany.

Brett is also a Director of Valentis Bridge Ltd and this company addresses the full spectrum of resilience issues featuring both nationally and internationally on defence and organisational solutions.

Andrew Mithcell Andrew Mitchell /
Director, Prosperity, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

Andrew Mitchell took up his appointment as Director, Prosperity in October 2012. Andrew is a career diplomat who was until summer this year the FCO Director for the 2012 Olympics, Paralympics and GREAT Campaign. Before that he was the British Ambassador to Sweden. He was in charge of the FCO's largest ICT-enabled change programme, the Future Firecrest Programme (2002-2007). Andrew has also had postings in Kathmandu (1999-2002) and Bonn (1993-1996).

The Prosperity Directorate is responsible for developing and delivering FCO policy on issues which contribute to the UK's prosperity, including trade policy, climate change and energy, and global financial and economic stability, as well as other international economic policy issues. The Directorate works closely with the UK Prime Minister's office and Treasury on G8/G20 issues and leads within HMG on policy towards OECD.

Jon Davies Jon Davies /
Additional Director, Middle East and North Africa Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

  • Additional Director, Middle East and North Africa Department – September 2011
  • Head, Northern Gulf Department and Acting Head, Arabian Peninsula Department – May – August 2011.
  • Head, Iran Department, July 2010-August 2011
  • Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy, Cairo, April 2007 – 2010
  • Deputy Director, Communications Directorate, August 2005 – December 2006
  • Head of Tsunami Crisis Unit, Consular Directorate, January-August 2005
  • Head, Press and Public Affairs, Madrid, November 2000 – December 2004
  • Head, Iraq Section, Middle East Department, FCO, September 1998 – May 2000.
  • Middle East Analyst, Assessments Staff, Cabinet Office, September 1996 – September 1998.
  • Second Secretary (Political/Information), Kuwait, 1993 –1996
  • Arabic Language Training, London/Cairo, 1991 – 1993. East Africa Department, FCO, 1990-1991.

Damian Taylor /
Regional Security Director – Travel Security Services

Based in London, Damian is responsible for the delivery of travel security risk management consulting and services across Europe and Africa. He is ensures high-quality service delivery, managing the Travel Security Services teams in the London and Johannesburg Regional Security Centres, working closely with Control Risks' and International SOS's operational and sales teams across EMEA/CIS. Damian co-coordinated the security evacuations over the period of the "Arab Spring" deploying and running the Incident Management Teams deployed in Egypt, Libya, Bahrain and Syria as well as reconnaissance and preparatory visits to Sudan, Yemen, Turkey and Lebanon.

Prior to taking up the role, Damian spent 5 years with Control Risks in a variety of operations and business development roles, culminating in two years as the Director Service Delivery E&MEA. In this role Damian led a team of 14 staff who coordinated client consulting and security requirements for all Control Risks service lines throughout the EMEA region, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. Whilst with Control Risks Damian travelled extensively on consulting and business development engagements to countries as varied as Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, East Timor, Nigeria and New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Before joining Control Risks, Damian spent 10 years running remote expeditions across South East Asia, East Africa and Central America, handling profit and loss, business development, operations, logistics, communications and risk management. After 5 years working in the industry, Damian raised business capital and established a company in Indonesia that continues to operate to this day. Damian grew up in Uganda and Libya before beginning his career with the British Army. After graduating from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst he spent 8 years as an Infantry Officer and served on operational tours in a variety of overseas locations including Northern Ireland, Belize, Brunei, Kenya and Cyprus. Damian is a graduate with a BA in English and Philosophy and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Ian Nunn Ian Nunn QGM /
Head of Crisis Management Consulting, Aon Risk Solutions

Ian Nunn is the Head of Aon Crisis Management's Global consulting team. Ian served for 28 years in the British Army as an Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO) and Logistics Staff officer, retiring in December 2000 to take up a management consultant's post within the commercial sector.

Throughout his service, Ian was involved in Counter Terrorism and Bomb Disposal duties at the highest levels. In the early 90s he was employed within the UK Defence Intelligence community working as the military and government advisor for terrorist matters, this included close liaison with the CIA, DIA and FSTC. In the late 90s he was responsible for the delivery of the technical element of the Home Office chemical and nuclear counter terrorist team and the development of UK national contingency plans for incidents involving Weapons of Mass Destruction. He has worked within UK Government in the Cabinet office Briefing Room (COBR) as a counter terrorist advisor and deployed operationally in this role.

As well as being the commander of bomb disposal teams and operations, his duties entailed operational support, consultancy, lectures and advice to the police, Home Office and other government departments. This included foreign governments and international organizations. He was awarded the Queens Gallantry Medal for bomb disposal duties in Northern Ireland in 1987.

Before joining Aon in 2008, Ian held director level appointments within the commercial and private sectors responsible for business development. Between 2008 and 2011 assumed responsibility for all operational matters relating to Crisis Consulting in addition to supporting the continued business development of the team.

From 2011 Ian was responsible as the Director Worldaware Solutions for the construction and management of Aon's Operations Centre in Chicago as well as the Global development and delivery of Aon's Worldaware Solutions program. Ian assumed the appointment of Head of Crisis Management Consulting in June 2012.

Simon Imbert/
Executive Director, Inkerman Group Ltd

Simon has wide ranging experience throughout the security industry, particularly specialising in the areas of risk, security advice and police development work throughout his career. At Inkerman he is responsible all Commercial and Business Development matters. He is also Chief Executive of Capital Eye and Policing Support Services both part of The Inkerman Group since May 2008. In addition he was former Chairman of The Association of Police and Public Security Suppliers (now part of the industry trade body ADS) and Deputy Chair of their Security Export Focus Group. He sits on the UK Department for Trade and Investment's Global Sports Projects Sector Advisory Group, is a Freeman of the City of London and was the 8th Master of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (the City's 108th, and most recent, Livery Company).

Emma Shaw Emma Shaw /
Managing Director, Esoteric Ltd

Emma is the Managing Director of Esoteric Ltd, a well established Electronic Sweeping, Counter-Espionage and Intelligence gathering company based in Woking, Surrey. The company is accredited by the National Security Inspectorate and provides a solution based approach to countering espionage activity and electronic countermeasures to both commercial and non commercial organisations internationally.

An MBA graduate, and a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) Emma's early career was spent with the Royal Military Police, followed by a career in the Security Service (MI5). Emma founded Esoteric Ltd. in 1998. Emma is also a Director and Fellow of the Security Institute; a Board member of the Defence Industry Security Association (DISA); a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of the Advisory Council for CSARN.

Justin Crump /
CSARN / The Monitor Editor & Security Intelligence and Management Process Consultant

Justin is an intelligence expert with fifteen years' service in the British Armed Forces, including operational experience in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. His civilian experience includes various roles as a front office banker in JP Morgan, management consulting for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and work as an intelligence advisor to UniCredit (the Italian banking giant). In 2008 Justin became Director of Threat Intelligence for the international risk consultancy Stirling Assynt, and last year established Sibylline in order to focus on furthering the use of intelligence in business. He is a respected commentator and lecturer on jihadist affairs and global terrorism.

Robert Hall Robert Hall /
Director of Resilience, G4S Risk Management

Robert is currently the Director of Resilience with G4S Risk Management (Risk Consulting) in London. Previously, he held senior risk and security positions in two FTSE-100 companies and acted as the Managing Consultant in a risk practice of a large insurer.

He has also been Head of Analysis at a national intelligence agency and Managing Editor at an international publishing company. He also founded and managed an international forum on global security for senior executives from government, business and academia. For several years, Robert served in the UK military. He has written extensively on strategic risk and security issues.

He is a member of both The Security Institute and the Business Continuity Institute.

Phil Campion Phil Campion /

Phil Campion was given up for adoption at birth. He ended up with violent adoptive parents, and getting sent into a series of children's homes. He left school at age sixteen having learned only how to escape from those kid's homes, and how to survive living rough in the wild. With no qualifications to his name, he saw himself as fit for one thing only – the life of a soldier.

He joined the Royal Hampshires (now the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment), and the British Army became the first real home that he'd ever had. And in spite of such a challenging start in life, Phil went on to extraordinary achievements, becoming one of the few British soldiers ever to pass both Royal Marines Commando selection, and that into the Parachute Regiment, before going for the ultimate challenge – selection into the Special Air Service (22 SAS).

Having served with distinction of many cutting edge combat operations in the SAS, he moved on to working the private military circuit, and to the life of a global gun for hire. But in typical style, his drive to overcome his lack of privileges in his early life propelled him to the top of that game, and to commanding teams of 80-100 private military operators around the globe. Partly as a result of such experiences he invented a digital dog tag that has revolutionized personal security and medical care in remote danger zones.

In 2011 his life story was published in the bestselling memoir, Born Fearless, and covered widely in the British media. It is one of enormous inspiration, proving how the human spirit can endure against all odds, and achieve the truly remarkable. His examples and lessons learned from a life in the military elite have wide resonance for businesses, companies and other organizations today. Born Fearless was a Sunday Times top ten best seller and Phil Campion was the best selling military Author for 2012.

Karl Barclay Karl Barclay /
Founder and Chairman of Stirling Assynt International Group Ltd

Karl is founder and Chairman of Stirling Assynt International Group Ltd, a business risk management company based in London with representation in Hong Kong and Beijing, focusing on business intelligence and political and security risk services for major international corporates, law firms and investment houses.

Before setting up his own company Karl spent six years as Head of Global Security and Fraud Risk for HSBC, leading a global team of 3,000 from the Group headquarters in London to combat terrorism and organised financial crime.

Previously, Karl spent 16 years in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with overseas postings in Hong Kong dealing with the handover to China, and Argentina dealing with the aftermath of the Falklands war.

In his earlier life Karl spent 20 years in the army serving in Berlin during the Cold War, (the then) West Germany, Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles (where he was twice mentioned in dispatches), Gibraltar at the time Franco closed the border with Spain and Hong Kong dealing with illegal border crossers from China.

Karl speaks Spanish and Cantonese and now very rusty Mandarin and German.

Toby Relf Toby Relf / 
Desk Officer for Overseas Business Risk, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Toby joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 2003 and spent two years working in the Consular Directorate on cases of parental child abduction and forced marriages. From 2006 to 2010 Toby worked in the FCOs Counter Terrorism Department, delivering on the Prevent strand of CONTEST, the cross HMG Counter Terrorism Strategy. This was followed by a short stint in the Egypt Team during the protests in the early part of 2011.

Toby now works in the FCOs Commercial & Economic Diplomacy Department delivering the joint UKTI / FCO Overseas Business Risk service ( which aims to advise British exporters on the risks they may face overseas such as bribery, threats from terrorism and cyber crime.

Lisa Reilly Lisa Reilly / 
Executive Coordinator, European Interagency Security Forum

Lisa Reilly has been the Executive Coordinator of the European Interagency Security Forum (a peer network for European NGO security focal points) since October 2011. She has over 16 years experience in the development and humanitarian response sector, working overseas in variety of programme management roles in both Africa and Asia. Returning to the UK in 2009 Lisa took up a position with RedR as Security Trainer developing and implementing personal and security management courses, as well as undertaking a number of short-term consultancy projects backstopping and evaluating humanitarian response programmes.

Starting as an engineer, Lisa's security knowledge comes from implementing programmes in various conflict and post-conflict countries, subsequently enhanced through working with a variety of sector experts and on a number of research projects since her return to the UK.

In her current role, Lisa exercises overall responsibility for the EISF Secretariat, supporting the collaboration and exchange of information and best practice between EISF members and EISF's wider network of humanitarian security-risk specialists, as well as liaising with UN agencies and academic institutions to influence policies and practice.

Although the change in role has meant that it is over a year since Lisa has visited a war zone, she finds cycling in London still provides the necessary level of danger she has grown used to.

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