The Hurt Locker's real-life star, Major Chris Hunter
QGM had 'the world's most dangerous job, in the world's most dangerous place'.
As the British Army's most experienced counter-terrorist bomb disposal
specialist in Iraq, he risked his life on a daily basis. So effective was he at
defusing the crude, unstable but deadly devices, that terrorists on both sides
of the conflict, Sunnis and Shi'ites, put a price on Chris' head. Quite apart
from the danger of defusing the bombs, just getting to them was a risk, as
Chris was a prime target for snipers. Chris joined the British Army as part of
the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) at sixteen, where he encountered the perceived
stigma and undervaluation of the logistics function. During his career he
deployed to a number of operational theatres, including The Balkans, Northern Ireland,
Colombia, Afghanistan and Iraq, and for his actions during his Iraq tour, he
was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal. Throughout his dangerous and dramatic
military career, Chris has encountered situations where a highly valued and
effective logistical operation could have saved him from extreme personal
danger and even turned around the entire execution and perhaps the final result
of some of history’s most well-known military operations. Chris rounded off his
military career as a senior intelligence analyst at the Ministry of Defence. At
the time of the London suicide bombings, he was seconded to COBRA, the Cabinet
Office's emergency response committee. Chris illustrates a gruelling journey of
bravery, strength, leadership and skill where every decision made during his
time in Iraq could have been his last.
Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Chris.