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Our approach to consulting projects emphasises collaboration, innovation, usability, and knowledge transfer to produce high quality results.

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We offer a range of workshops, retreats, and online training designed to develop and hone competency and bring new insights into your organisation.

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We can provide operational support to your teams in the field, including advice, logistics support, and evacuations.

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30 December 2020

The Security Evacuation Handbook Volume 1: Fundamentals & Planning is out now.

This is the first volume of a two-volume series focused on the planning and execution of security evacuations.

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27 November 2020

Under the Radar is out now. The book is a modern and international guide to getting yourself out of trouble, escaping from captivity and surviving while on the run.

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30 October 2020

We've just released the fourth and final volume in our Field Guide series, The Field Guide to Transport Security.

All field guides are now available in a bundle of four.

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10 October 2020

GREY CATALYST has launched. GREY CATALYST is a new initiative, providing a dedicated platform for building the competencies and attitudes necessary to operate successfully in higher-risk environments.

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26 September 2020

We've just released the third volume in our Field Guide series, The Field Guide to Accommodation Security.

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28 August 2020

We've just released the second volume in our Field Guide series, The Field Guide to Personal Security.

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17 July 2020

We're on a publishing roll this month, and have pubished a new book: The Guide to Travelling in Higher-Risk Environments.

If you frequently travel to higher-risk locations for work or personal travel, this guide is an ideal reference for you.

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4 July 2020

We've just pubished the first of our Field Guides series, the Field Guide to Deployment Planning.

This Field Guide takes you through the process of planning and preparing for travel to higher-risk locations.

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2 June 2020

We've just launched the Pandemic Playbook. This is a focused capability designed to support organisations manage risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of this initiative we are able to advise on workplace mitigation planning and implementation, the management of suspected and confirmed cases, and how to communicate to employees and other stakeholders.

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24 April 2020

Given the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we've adjusted our Operating in Challenging Environments (OCE) masterclass series, shifting some modules to an online format.

On 29 May 2020, we'll be running a 3-hour module specifically focused on evacuation operations. If you're interested in learning how to get your team out of hostile environments safely and securely, you'll gain a lot from this module.

The evacuations module will be conducted online over live video, with supporting materials that can be used during the hands on planning exercises we'll conduct during the session.

Sign ups are now closed. You can learn more about the workshop here.

29 February 2020

UPDATE: The Afghanistan expeditions have been postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In July and August 2020, will be running a series of expeditions to Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor and the Big and Small Pamir mountain ranges. The goal this year is to map six trekking and one bikepacking routes, which will be published in a guidebook in 2021.

We've been providing risk management and evacuation planning advice to Studio D over the past few months, and our founder be leading the High Peaks Basecamp expedition. This expedition will travel through old minefields (mostly cleared) to the basecamp of Noshaq, the highest mountain in Afghanistan.

If you're up for a bit of walking in a unique part of the world, you can learn more here.

The Wakhan Corridor

The Wakhan Corridor. Photo credit: Charley Zheng

20 January 2020

UPDATE: The OCE Retreat in Umm Qays has been postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Operating in Challenging Environments (OCE) masterclass and retreat schedule for 2020 has been confirmed. OCE is an initiative with Studio D that leverages our collective experience and wisdom of operating in complex and higher-risk environments.

The OCE retreat will be run in Umm Qays in Jordan from 5 to 8 October 2020. You can learn more about the OCE retreat and book here. The OCE retreat is a fantastic opportunity to mix it up with like-minded professionals and share experiences operating in challenging environments.

Jordan, 2018

Jordan. Photo credit: Grant Rayner

10 January 2020

We've just initiated Project ARGONAUT, which is a new program designed to provide highly tailored, localised, and discreet evacuation plans covering specific higher-risk locations.

This is a unique initiative incorporating highly detailed planning arround ground and air transport, logistics, and communications.

Project ARGONAUT also provides accommodation in safe houses and logistics support should immediate exfiltration not be achievable.

Our first plan in the series covers Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan.

If you have people in these countries, and you'd like to learn more, please get in touch.

Tripoli, 2019

Tripoli, Lebanon. Photo credit: Grant Rayner

9 December 2019

We've just wrapped the first phase of a project in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and had the opportunity to update several of the hotel reports in the Colombo Foundation Pack. We first prepared these reports in the days following the Easter Day terrorist attacks in April 2019. This is the third round of updates.

Project SAFE HAVEN now incorporates 33 hotels across 5 cities, including Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), and Karachi, Islamabad, and Lahore (Pakistan).

We're in the process of planning new locations for 2020.

If you'd like access to these reports, or want more information about Project SAFEHAVEN, please get in touch now to learn more.

Colombo, 2019

Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photo credit: Grant Rayner

30 October 2019

We've just returned from Tripoli in Lebanon, where we co-hosted the inaugeral Operating in Challenging Environments (OCE) retreat with Jan Chipchase from Studio D. The retreat brought together a group of travellers, against a backdrop of emerging civil unrest in the country.

OCE will be continuing in 2020, with a series of international masterclasses, and a retreat (location to be confirmed, but needless to say it will be somewhere interesting!).

Tripoli, 2019

Tripoli, Lebanon. Photo credit: Grant Rayner