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Following a 22 year career in the British Army, the author followed a second career working within the humanitarian sector.
After a series of roles with several International Non-Governmental Organisations he was offered the position of Global Security Adviser to Save the Children UK, the first to undertake the role as a separate and dedicated appointment. He then went on to become and independent Safety and Security Consultant in Hostile Environments. This position required the author to travel widely to train, direct and at times directly manage the safety and security of field staff working in some of the most hostile environments in the world.
Coupled with conflict in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan Sudan incl’ Darfur, Libya and Syria, were the interventions to natural disasters such as the Asian tsunami, Kashmir earthquake and the devastating Cyclone in Myanmar (Burma) and epidemics such as Ebola in Sierra Leone, to name but a few.
Constructing emergency contingency plans for evacuation and training field staff on how to react if caught up in gun fire, explosions or how to survive kidnap.
When you have been exposed to severe hardship and suffering, when you have been the witness to atrocities and have helped in some small way to pick up the pieces, it leaves a lasting memory, when you finally come home you know a piece of you is still left behind.
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