Chris Hunter
Speaker Profile

Former British Army Intelligence Officer, Bomb Disposal Specialist and Author

Watch Chris talk about his book Eight Lives Down here. 

By the time he arrived in Iraq in 2004, Major Chris Hunter was one of the most experienced counter-terrorist bomb disposal specialists in the British Army.  In 14 years, he’d seen active service in the Balkans, East Africa, Northern Ireland, Colombia and Afghanistan.  But Iraq was different... despite being shot and wounded in an ambush just four days into his tour, he and his team became so successful at disabling insurgent bombs that the bombers ended up placing a price on his head and designing bombs specifically for him.

He also deployed a number of anti-terrorist arrest operations in the UK and was the architect of the UK’s EOD response to a suicide bomb attack on the UK mainland.  Later, he played an instrumental role during the July 2005 London bombings, when he was seconded to the British Government’s COBR-A as a suicide terrorism expert.

For his actions during his Iraq tour Chris was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal by HM Queen Elizabeth II.  His citation read: ‘There can be few other individuals who have so willingly played Russian roulette with their own life to safeguard the lives of others’.

What the audience can expect
Since retiring from the army as the MOD’s senior IED intelligence analyst, Chris has become the director of Kratos, a counter-IED consultancy company, training members of the US Department of Defence and providing specialist consultancy services in the UK and overseas.  He has also written the acclaimed memoirs Eight Lives Down (Corgi, 2008) and Extreme Risk (Transworld Digital, 2010), and embarked on a successful career as a freelance writer and motivational speaker.  His highly captivating story about ‘the world’s most dangerous job in the world’s most dangerous place’ makes for a compelling and incredibly moving event. 

He is a regular contributor to the BBC, Channel 4 and CNN news stations, has an impressive international speaking reputation and continues to expand his TV, radio and media experience.  Most recently, he presented a History Channel documentary called Bomb-Hunters and contributed to a number of documentaries, including BBC3’s Conspiracy Roadtrip 7/7 and the docudrama The Taking of Prince Harry.  In addition, Chris continues to support and act as ambassador to a number of military charities, and in 2012 was nominated as one of 15 ambassadors to David Cameron’s ‘National Citizen Service’ – a young people’s initiative to develop young people’s leadership and life skills. 

His presenting approach
Chris is renowned for his passionate and enthralling motivational speeches.  His natural style and exuberant spirit allow him to set an audience at ease whilst keeping them mesmerised and on the edge of their seats throughout the course of the presentation.  His unique and inspirational story offers a powerful message.  Delivered with humour and heartfelt emotion, the audience enjoy the lighter side of his experiences, whilst being encouraged to question their own focus and leaving them with a heightened sense of purpose and a greater understanding of how to achieve their goals.

Speech themes
• Leadership under fire
• Overcoming the natural fight, flight or freeze instinct when in high pressure/high risk situations
• Dealing with risk
• Decision making in a high-pressure environment
• Achieving the potentially unachievable through visualisation, gut instinct/intuition, focus and prioritisation
• Addressing fear of failure and resistance to change through effective leadership, communication and ownership

Chris presents in English, but also speaks colloquial Russian and German.

Compelling, Motivational, Passionate, Inspiring, Engaging, Humorous, Un-phased, Leader and Team-builder.


‘Thank you so much for organising Major Chris Hunter for our IBM growth day. He was outstanding and he also gave out a couple of books, which was unexpected of him and very good of him.’

IBM Growth Day

‘I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for your contribution to yesterday’s successful event.  Noel also asked me to extend his personal thanks and said that he too was extremely impressed with your presentation.  We got loads of feedback forms returned and 100% of them stated that they found the content of your presentation “very interesting”.  95% found the presentation relevant to their organization.  96% said it covered what they were expecting and 95% said it ran for just the right length of time with 5% saying it was too short.’

Scanna MSC Ltd

'94% of delegates rated the Guest Speaker, Major Chris Hunter, as good to excellent.'

RBS Group 

‘I heard him speak and can tell you he delivered an absolutely fascinating and relevant presentation; acclaimed by all as by far the best of the many countries represented.’

Charge d’Affaires; British Embassy. Bogota, Colombia

‘Your presentation was expertly delivered, extremely clear and very well received by the delegates... and I am particularly grateful for your time and talent.’

The Director, Royal United Services Institute

‘I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the excellent briefing and support you provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Your briefing was not only exceptionally well done, but also very informative and timely.’


‘Your presentation was fantastic, definitely the highlight of the day, and was very well received by all those who attended.’

Clinical Lead - Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance 

'Chris was great - we got some really positive feedback and the audience were really engaged with plenty of questions. He was definitely a hit.' 


Further information
To find out what Chris Hunter could bring to your event or to make a booking, please contact Alice Saunders.