Chris joined the British Army at sixteen. He was commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst at 21, and later served as a high threat bomb disposal operator with a number of military counter terrorism units including four years with the UK Special Forces. During his career he deployed to a number of operational theaters, including The Balkans, Northern Ireland, Colombia, Afghanistan and Iraq. For his actions during his Iraq tour, he was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal; 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.’ He began and rounded off his military career as an intelligence officer, and at the time of the London suicide bombings, he played an instrumental role at COBR-A, the British Government’s emergency response committee, as one of the UK’s leading suicide terrorism experts.
Since retiring from the army in 2007, Chris has worked as a counter-terrorism specialist, businessman, author, motivational speaker and broadcaster. He was the presenter of the acclaimed Military History Channel’s ‘Bomb-Hunters’ programme and is the author of two Sunday Times Bestsellers. He was named as one of JLA’s top 5 inspirational speakers and in 2012 was selected to be one of 15 Ambassadors for Prime Minister David Cameron’s youth development initiative, the National Citizen Service.
He is also a supporter of numerous military charities including Help for Heroes, Veterans In Action, Tickets for Troops, Walking with the wounded, Combat Stress, The British Forces Foundation, Global Enduro and BLESMA for which he ran the 2009 London Marathon while wearing a 75lb bomb disposal suit completing it in 6hrs 56mins and setting a new world record.
Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Explosives Engineers, a Member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, a Freeman of the City of London and a regular contributor to television and radio news and current affairs programmes.
For decades the vast majority of the British people have known nothing but peace, but while we sleep safely in our beds at night, scores of men and women from our armed forces have been killed or injured protecting the lives of others. Those that have made it back alive, often have to cope with the physical and emotional consequences of their injuries for the rest of their lives and for many, they do so alone and in silence. These extraordinary young men and women are Britain’s true heroes and while we may not be able to completely prevent them and others like them from suffering, by supporting the amazing work of Veterans In Action, we have a chance to do our bit and show them we care.”
Chris Hunter QGM – Author, Broadcaster and Former British Army Bomb Disposal Specialist