Richard Wylde


  • Ethics, Compliance and Governance
  • Organisational Resilience
  • ESG and Sustainable Business
  • Political and Country Risk

As Control Risks’ Director for Government and Defence, Richard oversees risk and security engagements with governments and firms close to government. It is a major element of Control Risks’ operations to work with UK and western governments, multilateral departments, and leading international commercial organisations close to government. 

Recent tasks that Richard has worked on include:

  • Security provision and training for Western governments and firms, often in high threat locations.
  • Political and economic information provision, Covid reporting to government institutions and major corporations.
  • Due diligence and/or Vantage service to government, and major aviation and defence companies.
  • Market entry and exit guidance to aviation and defence firms.

  • Richard served for 28 years in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), where he held senior positions in bilateral and security policy positions, with his final overseas posting in Berlin where he was Counsellor Political.  He was the UK’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Asian Commission in the Bangkok and Phnom Penh Embassies, and followed this with postings to Rome, and Kabul as Counsellor.  Between postings abroad, Richard was responsible for policy and capability development in parts of Africa, South America and the Middle East.

    Richard is the Chairman of the UK’s risk and security industry body (SCEG). He is a Trustee of the FCO's Pimpernel Trust helping with the welfare of former FCO officials, and a Visiting Fellow of the University of Exeter’s Strategy and Security Institute.

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