Former Army Officer & Bomb Disposal Specialist.
Chris Hunter is a former British Army Intelligence office and bomb disposal specialist who is a keynote speaker on risk, leadership and decision making.
Chris Hunter joined the army at aged 16 and later qualified as a counter-terrorist bomb disposal operator. Having served with various specialist counter-terrorism units, he was seconded to COBRA as an IED and suicide terrorism expert, where he played an instrumental role during the July 2005 London bombings.
In 2007 he retired as the MOD’s senior IED intelligence analyst in to become a writer and Counter Improvised Explosive Device consultant.
Arguably, doing the most dangerous job in the world, and for his actions during the Iraq war, he was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal by the Queen.
Chris has also developed a media career, not only as a contributor to the likes of the BBC Channel 4 and CNN news channels but as a presenter for documentaries, including Bomb-Hunters for the History Channel and contributing to a number of documentaries, including BBC3’s Conspiracy Roadtrip 7/7 and the docudrama The Taking of Prince Harry.
A published author, his memoir Extreme Risk, details his early career in Counter-Terrorist Bomb Disposal. His first book, Eight Lives Down, is a riveting account of his four-month tour in Iraq, working to disable bombs created by some of the most hardened and technically advanced terrorists in the world.
Chris is also involved in some military charities and under David Cameron’s government was one of 15 ambassadors for the National Citizens Services, developing young peoples life skills.
Chris speakers on a number of topics including –
• Leadership under fire
• Overcoming the natural fight, flight or freeze instinct when in high pressure/high-risk situations
• Dealing with risk
• Decision making in a high-pressure environment
• Achieving the potentially unachievable through visualisation, gut instinct/intuition, focus and prioritisation
• Addressing fear of failure and resistance to change through effective leadership, communication, and ownership
‘Thank you so much for organising Major Chris Hunter for our IBM growth day. He was outstanding, and he also gave out a couple of books, which was unexpected of him and very good of him.’
— IBM Growth Day
‘I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for your contribution to yesterday’s successful event. Noel also asked me to extend his personal thanks and said that he too was extremely impressed with your presentation. We got loads of feedback forms returned, and 100% of them stated that they found the content of your presentation “very interesting.” 95% found the presentation relevant to their organization. 96% said it covered what they were expecting and 95% said it ran for just the right length of time with 5% saying it was too short.’
— Scanna MSC Ltd
'94% of delegates rated the Guest Speaker, Major Chris Hunter, as good to excellent"
— RBS Group
‘I heard him speak and can tell you he delivered an absolutely fascinating and relevant presentation; acclaimed by all as by far the best of the many countries represented.’
— Charge d’Affaires; British Embassy. Bogota, Colombia
‘Your presentation was expertly delivered, extremely clear and very well received by the delegates... and I am particularly grateful for your time and talent.’
— The Director, Royal United Services Institute
‘I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the excellent briefing and support you provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Your briefing was not only exceptionally well done but also very informative and timely.’
‘Your presentation was fantastic, definitely the highlight of the day, and was very well received by all those who attended.’
— Clinical Lead - Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance
'Chris was great - we got some really positive feedback, and the audience was really engaged with plenty of questions. He was definitely a hit.'