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Dominic Brittain

Dominic has over thirty years’ practical leadership experience in extreme situations. By the end of his bomb disposal service in 2011, he had personally defused well over a thousand explosive devices on dry land and underwater. These ranged from complex Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to large wartime bombs.

In addition to his operational role, he commanded the bomb-disposal unit in Hong Kong, at the strategic level, for 13 years. The Hong Kong bomb disposal bureau is widely regarded as one of the finest such units in the world. Over his last two decades of service, he was responsible for training and developing an entire generation of bomb-disposal leaders, from countries across the world.

During his last ten years’ service, he also chaired the group which coordinated the response to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) incidents. As the founding Chairman, Dominic defined the strategic intent, planned the response, obtained Ministerial approval and implemented the concept. Implementation involved leading over 40,000 staff, drawn from nine government departments. Under Dominic’s chairmanship, the work of this group became an international standard for the strategic approach and tactical response to CBRN incidents.

Since 2007, Dominic has worked as a command consultant and business speaker. He draws on his extensive experience of command and leadership, at the strategic, operational and tactical levels, to help build effective teams and to further develop the innate leadership potential of senior executives. His core philosophy is that good leadership is based on sound thinking, is unique to each individual leader and is largely common sense; while good teamwork is based on trust and clear communication. However, the relentless need to get results and meet deadlines can make these important things easy to forget.

Dominic has extensive experience of forging teams and of helping people to think clearly, both under extreme pressure. He uses this, through workshops and individual coaching, to show leaders how to effectively and consistently think strategically, inspire others, and to build strong teams – even when the pressure is intense. He abhors management terms and jargon, preferring to reinforce people’s understanding through clear thinking, humility and enthusiasm. He believes in the importance of humour – but as well as the sound of laughter, he also aims for that characteristic, deep silence which shows that the group is thinking.

In 2014 Dominic designed and developed an online test measure the cognitive biases of senior executives. Since then he has delivered workshops to clients worldwide helping them to clarify their strategic thinking through understanding and mitigating the effects of their cognitive biases.

His engagements take him to every continent except Antarctica. His broad experience of working with executives from diverse cultural backgrounds helps keep his perspective fresh and topical. As a result, clients from around the world report that their people are more focused and inspired after working with Dominic, which leads to both better performance and better retention of key staff.


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