James Lythe DBCI

Principal Consultant, Crisis & Security Consulting

James is a Principal Consultant within Control Risks’ Crisis & Security Consulting Department (Europe and Africa). James works with clients to develop and deliver training to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of crisis management teams, working across a variety of sectors. During the last three years James has delivered projects in over 30 countries across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. Highlights of his recent work include:

  • Aligning the corporate strategic crisis response structures and plans of an international petrochemical company through a plan development and progressive training programme.
  • Reviewing plans and delivering a crisis management training programme for a global construction management company.
  • Delivering a crisis management workshop for 40 communications professionals.

James spent seven years as an officer in the British Army. He joined the Irish Guards and served as a platoon commander and intelligence officer in Northern Ireland. In 1999 he served in Kosovo, liaising with the United Nations (UNHCR) to implement a combined civil-military humanitarian programme and as battle group spokesman for global media. James served in Guatemala, Germany, Canada and Poland and in 2000 was selected for attachment to the Spanish Army at the Infantry Academy in Toledo, Spain.
Before joining Control Risks in 2010, James worked in sales and marketing for Johnson & Johnson based in Madrid. He then held positions as Business Consultant, Operations Manager and Head of Resilience at independent consultancy Systems Consultants Services Ltd (SCS). In the latter post he gained considerable experience in developing and delivering crisis management training and exercises

James holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Cranfield School of Management, a combined honours degree from Exeter University and has been awarded diplomas in business continuity (DBCI) and crisis communications (distinction). James is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (MCIPR) and has provided comment on crisis management and business continuity issues on television and radio news including BBC and Bloomberg. James speaks fluent Spanish and advanced French.


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