Michael Walton

Partner

Basra

Michael Walton manages Control Risks business in Southern Iraq, based in Basra. He shares this role with Jake Little. Predominantly the business provides protective services and a range of support options to mitigate the complex security, political and operational risks associated with conducting business in Iraq.

  • Leadership
  • Partner
  • MENA
  • Creating a Secure Organisation
  • Operational and Protective Security


Michael Walton manages Control Risks business in Southern Iraq, based in Basra. He shares this role with Jake Little. Predominantly the business provides protective services and a range of support options to mitigate the complex security, political and operational risks associated with conducting business in Iraq. Michael works with a large number of Fortune 500 companies, predominately those in the energy sector, and manages a workforce of 1000 people and over 300 B6 armoured vehicles.


Highlights of Michael’s experience include:
  • Managing the business successfully through period of change driven by a lower oil price and fundamental change to the market conditions in Iraq whilst ensuring the business remained wholly compliant to an emerging and dynamic regulatory environment.
  • Delivering rapid mobilisation of the security elements of major energy related projects whilst ensuring quality of product was maintained and clients’ expectations met.
  • Advising a range of clients as they seek to enter the Iraq market.


Before joining Control Risks, Michael enjoyed a successful 17 year career in the British Army as a Senior Non Commissioned Officer in the Royal Signals and UKSF Group. He enjoyed a varied career which included operational deployments in Northern Ireland, the Middle East, the Balkans and Sub Saharan Africa. 

Michael has a Master’s degree in security risk management from Leicester University.

FIND OUT MORE

Can our experts help you?

Related content

Analysis

Saudi Arabia: Corruption investigations

Royal decrees on 4 November relieved several senior officials of their positions and established a supreme anti-corruption commission. The government has subsequently said that over 200 people have been detained on allegations of corruption and money-laundering...

Analysis

Economic, diplomatic blockade on Qatar

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain on 5 June announced that they would close their airspace and territorial waters with Qatar in 24 hours. Saudi Arabia also closed the land border with Qatar, which is Qatar’s only land border with another country.

Analysis

Automotive brief: Iran

Iran’s automotive sector was the subject of early interest from foreign companies following the implementation in January 2016 of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which eased sanctions on the country.