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.

Mark Evans 

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

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.

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