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Mr Richard Wylde

Richard served for 28 years in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he held senior positions in bilateral and security policy posts, with his final overseas posting being in Berlin (2011) where he was Counsellor Political.  Earlier in his service, Richard first posting was as UK’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Asian Commission (ESCAP) in Bangkok and Phnom Penh Embassies, and followed this with postings to Rome as First Secretary and Kabul as Counsellor.  Between postings abroad, Richard was responsible for policy and capability development in parts of Africa, South America and the Middle East.

As Control Risks’ Director Government and Defence, Richard oversees risk and security support to governments, international organisations and NGOs around the world. This is a major element of Control Risks’ operations, and as a part of this Richard works with UK and Western governments, multilateral departments and leading international industry and commercial organisations close to government. 

Richard originally took an Honours degree in Biochemisty, and subsequently studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies and Universities in Thailand.  He speaks German, and residual Italian and Thai.

Richard is a Trustee of the FCO's Pimpernel Trust helping with the welfare of former officials.

Richard is delighted to be part of Exeter University’s unique and ground-breaking approach to Strategy and Security in the UK and believes academic study in this field is essential to tackle the extraordinary and interlinked challenges that face governments, society and business in the coming years.  He looks forward to working with colleagues in this field and bringing his experience to bear to help develop the discipline.