By the time Major Chris arrived in Iraq in 2004, he was one of the most experienced counter-terrorist bomb disposal specialists in the British Army. In 14 years, he’d seen active service in the Balkans, East Africa, Northern Ireland, Colombia and Afghanistan.
Despite being shot and wounded in Iraq in an ambush just four days into his tour, he and his team became so successful at disabling insurgent bombs that the bombers ended up placing a price on his head and designing bombs specifically for him. Chris also played an instrumental role during the July 2005 London bombings, when he was seconded to the British Government’s COBRA as a suicide terrorism expert.
Since retiring from the army as the MOD’s senior IED intelligence analyst, Chris has become the director of Kratos, a counter-IED consultancy company, training members of the US Department of Defence and providing specialist consultancy services in the UK and overseas.
For his actions during his Iraq tour, Chris was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal by HM Queen Elizabeth II. His citation read: ‘There can be few other individuals who have so willingly played Russian roulette with their own life to safeguard the lives of others’. In addition, Chris continues to support and act as ambassador to a number of military charities, and in 2012 was nominated as one of 15 ambassadors to David Cameron’s ‘National Citizen Service’ – a young people’s initiative to develop leadership and life skills.
Chris wrote the acclaimed memoirs Eight Lives Down and Extreme Risk, and is a regular contributor to the BBC, Channel 4 and CNN news stations. He has an impressive international speaking reputation and continues to expand his TV, radio and media experience.