Phil Harper QPM
Phil Harper is an internationally renowned Hostage Negotiator and Crisis Management Trainer as well as an all-round critical incident manager. He is a specialist in dealing with humanitarian and faith based Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) including Oxfam, Dutch Red Cross and Operation Mobilization. A former senior law enforcement officer, he is trained to the highest operational standards and a respected leader of many incidents as a Multi-Agency Gold, Tactical and Strategic Firearms Commander.
Decorated in 2010 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for 32 years service to policing, deployments as an International hostage negotiator on behalf of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and for charitable works in NGO crisis management.
Chief Executive to the Police & Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, sensitive to political requirements, development of media goals, presentation and the protection of operational reputations. A former member of the United Kingdom negotiator cadre he continues to be deployed to hostile environments, working in multi-national government teams around the world. He has numerous testimonials of successful involvement at all levels to secure hostage releases including Mali, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, the Philippians and Vietnam.
A contributor to the International Negotiator Working Group and a celebrated trainer to the National Crisis Emergency & Disaster Management Agency UAE, Australian Federal Police, German BKA, Dubai, Swiss & Estonian Security Forces and co-author and trainer to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Anti-Hi-jack Unit.
A graduate of the world-renowned UK International Kidnap and Extortion course, New Scotland Yard, the FBI Academy National Hostage Crisis course and in Trauma Peer Response training. Director of negotiator assets to the UK 2011 National Counter Terrorism inter-operability exercise and a member of the negotiator response to the 2012 Olympic Planning Committee. Experience in over 250 domestic kidnap and critical incidents and has actively negotiated for over 300 hours.
Commendations for bravery, leadership and investigative ability with excellent inter-personal skills and an ability to work on his own initiative. A qualified trainer, flexible, dedicated to contributing to a sound ethical environment, valuing others, gifted in writing and coordinating simulation exercises, developing and motivating teams and vastly experienced in enabling the achievement of worthwhile goals
Married to Rachel a UK Government Education Inspector, Phil enjoys watching his daughter Katie play football, playing squash with his son Lee and golf with friends. A supporter of charitable works, including orphanages and widow centres in the Andhra Pradesh region of India.