The Board and Senior Advisors

The Board

David Murrin, Chairman

David holds a BSc 2:1 Honours degree in Physics with Geophysics from Exeter University.

Since starting his career in Papua New Guinea in the oil exploration business, David has spent the past 25 years in financial markets. In 1986 he joined JP Morgan where he traded foreign exchange, bonds, equities and commodities and then in 1991 founded and managed JP Morgan’s European Markets Analysis Group. Since then David has been involved in starting and building businesses in a wide variety of sectors.

In 1993 David founded his first company Apollo Asset Management and then in 1997 co-founded Emergent Asset Management where, as its CIO, he oversaw trading across all its fund products as well as being particularly active in the private equity business and the oil and gas sector. In 2008 he co-founded The African agricultural company Emvest and acted as its Chairman until its sale in 2011. Since then David has co-founded both Spartent Global Solutions and Emergent Capital Partners, a corporate advisory company.

Post 9/11, recognising that the world had changed in an instant, David combined his interests in military history, geopolitics and finance into a unified geopolitical model. This culminated in 2011 with the publishing of “Breaking the Code of History” which highlights the key processes in human social structures which impact today’s changing world. David speaks widely on themes from his book and applies the key principals and predictions to all aspects of his work. He is Global Fellow of PS21, the project for the study of the 21st Century.

John Wybrew OBE

John Wybrew graduated from Queens’ College, Cambridge, with an Honours Degree in engineering and began his career with the Royal Dutch/Shell Group in 1964 where, until 1996, he held a variety of posts both in the UK and overseas.

These included positions as Head of Special Projects for Shell UK Exploration and Production, Southern Operations Manager with responsibility for operations in the North Sea, Deputy Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum Company, and Head of Economic and Sector Planning for Exploration and Production in The Hague. In 1989 John was appointed a Board member of Shell UK as Planning and Public Affairs Director before becoming Corporate Affairs Director with added responsibility for personnel policy in 1995.

During his career at Shell, John was seconded from 1984-88 to the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit where he served as Mrs Thatcher’s adviser on energy and transport policies. He was also appointed as Executive Director of the Management Charter Initiative Working Party in 1987 led by Sir Bob Reid, then Chairman of Shell UK.

In 1996 John joined the Board of the then British Gas plc as Executive Director, Corporate Affairs. Following the demerger of British Gas in February 1997, he became Executive Director of BG plc (later renamed BG Group plc) with responsibility for Corporate Affairs, the Health, Safety and Environment Forum, Knowledge Sharing and the development of the company’s Intranet. Following the demerger of the Lattice Group from BG Group in October 2000, John became a member of the Board of Lattice Group plc with responsibility for Corporate Affairs, Human Resources, Regulation and Health, Safety and Environment. He retired from Lattice Group in 2004.

Since 2004, John has undertaken a number of roles. He has been Chairman of a Government-backed Sector Skills Council, for which he was appointed OBE. He also served for 8 years as a non-executive director on the board of the UK energy regulator, Ofgem. He is Chairman of the Gas Industry Emergency Committee set up in partnership with the UK Government for crisis planning and preparation. He is a member of the CBI Europe Committee and an officer of the Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies. From 2004-07, he chaired the British Energy Association, the UK Member of the World Energy Council. He is also Chairman of Cresatech Ltd, an innovative monitoring technology company.

Mike Hitchcock OBE, Chief Executive Officer

Richard Hickson, Managing Director

Jeremy Merchant CGC, Director of Operations


Noel Philp, Senior Advisor

Noel has worked in the protective security industry for over twenty years. Prior to this he had a twenty year military career in both the New Zealand Army and the British Army, primarily in Special Forces, retiring in 1989.

Noel joined Defence Systems Limited (DSL) in 1989. DSL’s core business was protective security, mainly of the oil & gas industry, in high-risk environments in Africa, the Middle East, South America, the Former Soviet Union and for the UN in the Balkans. He was appointed Managing Director DSL in 1998 and Chief Operating Officer ArmorGroup in 2002 when DSL was acquired by US-based Armor Holdings Inc. Noel was one of the Directors that listed ArmorGroup on the Main London Stock Exchange at the time when ArmorGroup was a major contractor in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Since leaving ArmorGroup in 2010, Noel has been a Senior Adviser to a major risk management group in the Middle East and the Chairman of 4Sight Ltd an integrator and operator of protective technology for companies operating in high threat locations. He has extensive security management and consulting experience across Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, principally for the oil and gas industry operating in high threat environments.