David’s Credentials

David was a crisis negotiation adviser to the Cabinet Office Briefing Room (COBR) meetings in Whitehall. He also advised Counter Terrorism Departments (CTD) across London and headed up the Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Unit at New Scotland Yard. He’s an alumnus of the FBI National Academy Course in Quantico and received the QPM (Queens Police Medal) for distinguished service.

Work abroad

The Foreign Office deployed David on its most challenging kidnap and extortion cases worldwide, from Azerbaijan to Sierra Leone, and from Bangladesh and Iraq to the Yemen.

Noteworthy investigations

David headed up the investigation into conspiracy theories surrounding the death in Paris of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Current business interests

David is a director of TeamFusion, a London-based global security company.

Training style

Informed. Interactive. Intuitive.




“David was head of the Hostage Unit at New Scotland Yard during my time as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. I was struck by the skill, integrity, and judgement he displayed in spearheading some of this century’s most complex international hostage negotiations.”
John Arthur Stevens, Baron Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, QPM, KStJ, DL, FRSA




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