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Nigel Hall


Nigel commanded 1st Battalion The Duke Of Wellington's Regiment and retired early from the British Army in the rank of brigadier in 2007. He has extensive counter-terrorist, public order, and joint civil-military operational experience.

He held demanding UK Ministry of Defence central staff appointments, and has considerable international organisation, major cross-government mission, and national negotiator and representative experience, particularly at United Nations headquarters in New York and NATO headquarters in Brussels.

He has been an effective driver of organisational change for over 30 years. Since 2007 Nigel has provided strategic advice to international organisations, UK government departments, corporations, think tanks and academia, and non-government organisations. He is a senior visiting research fellow at King’s College London; previously he was associate senior fellow at the UK Defence Academy, senior adviser to the Humanitarian Futures Programme, King's College London, and military consultant to Transparency International (UK).

Nigel has spoken in Washington and Europe on various aspects of 21st century security, risk, and strategy. His recent publications include an op-ed on global security in the Financial Times, and numerous other think tank journal and UK broadsheet newspaper publications, as well as submissions to UK parliamentary committee enquiries.

Nigel designed and developed the Churchill 2015 21st Century Statesmanship Global Leaders Programme in 2014 and continues to lead on programme delivery and action agendas.

He is the founder and managing director of NHJ Strategic Consulting.

Tim Cross CBE


Tim was a main board member of the multi-billion pound Defence Logistic Organisation and has a very significant track record in logistics, communications, engineering and medical support. He commanded the largest division of the British Field Army.

He was the most senior British officer responsible for post-war planning for the Iraq war, working in Baghdad on the operation to rebuild Iraq following the removal of Saddam Hussein. Previously, he led the response to the 1999 refugee crisis in the Balkans building refugee camps in 3 countries and leading the reconstruction of various civil capabilities including hospitals and prisons. He was Director General of the Defence Supply Chain and led a defence-wide, end-to-end logistic transformation programme.

Tim has briefed at the highest - including PM – levels and has been interviewed frequently by the domestic and international media. Following his retirement in 2007, Tim has written extensively on defence issues; he was the Army adviser to the UK House of Commons Defence Committee for 5 years,and continues to advisea number of UK/international companies. In addition, he is president of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, the UK director of an international aid agency, a visiting professor at three universities, a trustee of a number of christian and secular charities, as well as being a local lay minister in his home church.

Cat Tully


Cat was strategy project director at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. She led strategy projects examining cross-cutting, priority and upstream foreign policy issues, and building strategic capability in the department, working directly with members of the UK government, European and US leaders, and a broad network of international policy thinkers.

Before that, she worked in the Prime Minister's strategy unit, developing domestic policy and strategic capability, including a strategic audit of the UK. Cat has also worked for Procter and Gamble, Christian Aid, the UN Deputy Secretary General's office on the UN reform process, Global Compact and with the World Bank in Geneva.

Cat has extensive experience as a practitioner, helping governments, civil society and businesses be more strategic, be more effective, prepare for the future and act as effective global citizens in a complex and uncertain world.  She advises the UK and US governments on futures and national strategy including a recent UK public parliamentary inquiry on the UK’s strategic capability, trains strategy to government officials from across the world, and is a visiting speaker and collaborator with various organisations, including Wilton Park. She is an active contributor to debates on strategy and global issues.  She is particularly interested in strategic foresight, managing risk, and the impact of technology, democracy 2.0, and participatory forms of public engagement into emergent strategy.

Brett Lovegrove


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. 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 of service and retired as the Head of Counter Terrorism that included the CT Section (overt and covert assets), Emergency Planning and Business Continuity, CBRN, Firearms, Police Search Advisors and Architectural Liaison.

He is frequently asked to advise international organisations and governments including the US Congress, the US Department of State, the European Government in The Hague, has worked with the National Counter Terrorism Board in the Netherlands and briefed the Danish Parliament. He is a member of the Defence and Security Committee in the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a former member of the UKTI DSO security sector advisory group, a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University (UK Defence Academy), a Visiting Professor at the Marshall Centre (US Military), Germany, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals.

In addition to his work at NHJ, Brett is also a Director of the City Security and Resilience Network (CSARN), Valentis Bridge Ltd, Epiphany and Archangel. These companies address the full spectrum of counter terrorism, business continuity, risk analysis and emergency planning issues. Brett is also the National Strategic Advisor on the public sector for MITIE.

Adrian Kendry


Adrian became NATO’s Senior Defence Economist in Brussels in September 2001 and subsequently Head of Defence and Security Economics in 2010. During 2012-2013, he was asked to provide written and oral advice to the Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General on transatlantic economic security and NATO defence spending. Prior to NATO, he held the Admiral William Crowe Chair in Economics at the United States Naval Academy during 1996-2000 and also a visiting professorship at the Naval Postgraduate School. Earlier, he co-directed the Research Centre in Defence and Aerospace Economics at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He also held visiting professorships in Illinois, New Mexico and Pennsylvania and contributed the economic and financial chapters for a vital World Bank transport study in Ethiopia. Following retirement, he returned to London to write a paper for the NATO Secretary General on long-term economic challenges confronting Afghanistan. He continues to deliver keynote speeches on defence spending and global economic and energy security at international conferences and international events. He has spoken in the United States, Canada, China, the Russian Far East, Ukraine, Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa, the Gulf and extensively across Europe. Adrian is the author of many professional articles, papers, monographs and chapters related to defence policy, economic security, the financing of terrorism and the aerospace industry.

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