Sean Cunningham

Associate Director

London

Sean is an Associate Director in the Security Risk Consulting business. He delivers consulting support to Control Risks’ clients across Europe and Africa in respect of crisis management, threat assessment and delivery of workshops and training.

  • EMEA
  • Kidnap Incident Management Training
  • Workplace & Insider Threat Management
  • Workplace Threat & Management Team Training

Sean is an Associate Director in the Security Risk Consulting business. He delivers consulting support to Control Risks’ clients across Europe and Africa in respect of crisis management, threat assessment and delivery of workshops and training.

Sean's most significant experience and highlights include:
  • Front line leadership and management of tiger kidnap investigations as part of the Metropolitan Police's specialist robbery unit, The Flying Squad.
  • Lead co-ordinator for all policing during the European Football Championships 1996.
  • Senior Investigating Officer and Controller for four years in domestic and criminal kidnap cases.
  • Head of the Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Unit at New Scotland Yard.
  • Member of the UK Government's Crisis Group (COBR) advising on international and terrorist kidnapping in cases involving UK subjects as individuals or part of multi-national groups.
  • Being awarded the OBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 2011 for services to International Hostage Negotiation.

 

Prior to working at Control Risks Sean served with the Metropolitan Police in London for 30 years, was employed as Director of Security for a FTSE 250 company after which he joined a specialist security company in the UK where he took over as the operational lead for kidnapping, investigations and specialist operations.

He was Course Director of the UK’s National Hostage Negotiation Course and created and delivered the UK’s International Hostage Negotiation Training Course to police and military staff. He has been a mentor for the FBI’s Hostage Negotiator Course and the Australian Counter-Terrorism Negotiation Course.

Sean holds a BA (Hons) in Policing and Police Studies from Portsmouth University and an MSc in Critical and Major Incident Psychology from the University of Liverpool. 

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