Chris Lawton is Head of High Risk Services. He joined 1st Option from developing the high risk team at Bloomberg L.P, supporting the deployment of news and media teams.
He was previously part of the BBC High Risk Team, working in the UK and overseas with foreign news, Arabic and Persian Services, including an attachment as planning editor to the foreign news desk. He has consulted broadly with the UN and NGO sector on major incident response and contingency planning for clients such as the IFRC, WFP and World Vision.
He was commissioned as an officer in the British Army with the Intelligence Corps and he holds a first class degree in English Literature from Sheffield University.
Chris leads on high risk advice and support services, hostile environment training and the Stores.