About us

Core Team

John Deverell CBE

  • Crisis preparedness, reputational and security expert; Invensys plc, King Worldwide.
  • Resolution of commercial crises in China, Americas, Europe, Africa. Business continuity through Arab Spring.
  • Worked in every Middle Eastern and North African state, less Iran.
  • British Army General officer; Special Forces; MOD Director Defence Diplomacy.
  • Disproved Iraq WMD; negotiation with Libyan regime on WMD; reported to British Foreign Secretary on Israel/Palestine. Strategic advice to governments and companies.
  • Multiple TV and radio interviews on risk and security.
  • MPhil Cambridge University in International Relations. Diploma Kent University in negotiation and mediation. Fluent French, working level Arabic, German, Portuguese.

Blair Cameron

  • Logistics, risk management and security expert.
  • Independent supply chain and manufacturing facility auditor.
  • 25+ years experience in blue chip (including DHL, G4S, Ernst & Young) and new venture organisations. Geographies include Europe, Middle East and Asia.
  • Graduate University of Auckland, New Zealand; MBA Cranfield University School of Management, United Kingdom.

David Maddan

  • Values Based Leadership as a basis for improving organisational performance and one-to-one leadership mentoring
  • Creating a shared sense of joint enterprise between contractors and hiring organisations
  • Think-tank developing Defence Capability out to 20-year horizon
  • Crisis management at tactical and strategic level including extensive support to COBR
  • British Army Brigadier, extensive operational and training expertise
  • Negotiated with Libyan regime during post-WMD period and ran NATO team that trained and equipped the Afghan Army

David Key

  • 20 years’ experience delivering risk, crisis and continuity management
  • Held senior roles in multinational corporations and consultancies
  • Worked in over 20 countries, in 4 languages, on 4 continents, often in complex or hostile environments.
  • Prepared for, and managed the corporate response to acute crises including political instability, kidnap, piracy, reputation attack, cyber attack, operational incidents and terrorism.
  • Holds a master’s degree in Corporate Risk.
  • Previously served as a British Army officer.

Stuart Leasor

  • Expert in reputational resilience and crisis management.
  • 25 years advice to governments and leading global companies on structural reform, complex financial transactions, crises and corporate disputes.
  • Significant experience in the Middle East.
  • CEO Woodstock Leasor: a London-based strategic communications consultancy.
  • MA Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Colonel Alastair Campbell

  • Former British Defence Attaché to Iraq, Kuwait and Egypt.
  • Development, education, training and commercial programmes for many years in the Middle East.
  • Senior consultant for a number of security companies.
  • MA Oxford University in Arabic and Spanish; fluent in Arabic and French.

Susanna Deverell

  • Qualified German lawyer.
  • Background in PR and media evaluation.
  • Postgraduate degree in relationship therapy.
  • Focus on the psychology of communication and conflict resolution

Dr Christopher Mackmurdo

  • Strategic intelligence and counter-terrorism specialist
  • Former head of counter-terrorism and national security research at the Foreign Office, responsible for assessing strategic global terrorism risks to UK
  • Co-author of CONTEST, the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy, in 2006, 2009 and 2011
  • Co-chair of cabinet-level inter-agency intelligence group on terrorism threats to UK
  • Extensive support to COBR, the Joint Intelligence Committee and the National Security Council
  • PhD in strategic intelligence from the London School of Economics
  • Fellowships at the University of Cambridge and War Studies Dept., King’s College, London