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As the Army’s senior counter-terrorist bomb disposal specialist, Chris took his life in his hands on a regular basis. He rounded off a distinguished military career in intelligence, seconded to COBRA. In speeches the author of Eight Lives Down shows how to weigh up the threats, control anxiety and rapidly identify and prioritise tasks. Chris believes that fear can give you a competitive edge, and that any team can achieve more when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.
Chris Hunter had ‘the world’s most dangerous job, in the world’s most dangerous place’. As the British Army’s most experienced counter-terrorist bomb disposal specialist in Iraq, he took his life in his hands on a daily basis.
He was so effective at defusing the crude, unstable but deadly devices, that terrorists on both sides of the conflict, Sunnis and Shi’as, put a price on his head. Quite apart from the danger of defusing the bombs, just getting to them was a risk, as Chris was a sitting target for snipers.
Chris joined the British Army at sixteen. He was commissioned from Sandhurst and later served with a number of specialist counter terrorism units. During his career he deployed to a number of operational theatres, including The Balkans, Northern Ireland, Colombia, Afghanistan and Iraq. For his actions during his Iraq tour, he was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal.
Chris rounded off his military career as a senior intelligence analyst at the Ministry of Defence. At the time of the London suicide bombings, he was seconded to COBRA, the Cabinet Office’s emergency response committee.
Since retiring from the army, Chris has worked as a counter-terrorism consultant, writer and broadcaster. His memoir, Eight Lives Down, tells the harrowing story of his experiences in Iraq. He is a regular contributor to television and radio news and current affairs programmes.
Speaking, Chris has audiences on the edge of their seats. Finding humour in even the most desperate situations, Chris illustrates a gruelling journey of bravery, strength, leadership and skill where every decision made during his time in Iraq could have been his last.
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JLA Speakers Breakfast - March 2010