Director of the Conflict Studies Research Centre (CSRC), leading expert on security issues affecting Russia

Early 90s spent in business in the former USSR, including co-founding the first company providing Western pilots with the opportunity to fly Soviet military aircraft. With the BBC Monitoring Service (BBCM), reported on political and economic affairs in the former Soviet Union for UK government customers. For several years served as a Russia correspondent for UK aviation journals.

While attached to the CSRC, briefed and reported for UK and overseas government and academic customers on Russian military, defence and security issues.

An Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in UK and a regular contributor to research projects on Russian security issues in both the UK and Europe.