Nick Clissitt has extensive experience of working in complex environments, both government and commercial, at home and overseas. He enjoyed a career in the British Army which included active service and policy & planning posts both in Whitehall and deployed on operations, before taking early retirement as a Brigadier in 2005. Since leaving Government service, he has worked in the fields of stability and conflict prevention both for the UK government and others. Initially he joined Control Risks Group, setting up a new practice area, and in 2007 established Minerva Advisory Group. He has worked with international and multilateral organisations, NGOs, governments and the commercial sector in the areas of risk analysis and mitigation, strategic and integrated planning, and delivery and evaluation. Most of this work has been focused on the Gulf, the Middle East and North Africa, though it has included spells in South America and South Asia. He is a Senior Advisor to the UK Stabilisation Unit and a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Durham University’s Global Security Institute.