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Mr Richard Thompson OBE

Richard is a co-founder and Managing Partner of arl Partners Ltd, a risk management business. Using VSAT, arl’s secure, online software, businesses can assess their level vulnerability and improve their performance against a range of potential risks including, security, health and safety, wellbeing and mental health. 

Richard also provides bespoke consultancy advice on a range of defence, intelligence and security related issues to governments and large corporates. Since 2015, he has been advising the Iraqi government and its intelligence community as part of an EU funded programme on Iraq’s National Security Strategy.

Richard was commissioned into The Royal Green Jackets in 1978. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1989. He held a number of domestic appointments including secondments to the Home and Cabinet Offices as well as overseas postings that included Stockholm, Geneva, Pristina and Baghdad before becoming the first direct entry Chief Constable when appointed to the Civil Nuclear Constabulary in 2007, retiring in 2012.

Richard is on the advisory board of the Estates and Infrastructure Exchange; is a fellow at Kings College London and a visiting fellow at the Strategy and Security Institute at Exeter University