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Conversations with Strategy featuring John Tesh on risk and resilience - 28 January 2021

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Discussant: Dr Charlie Laderman, Lecturer in International History, Department of War Studies

Speaker: John Tesh, former civil servant in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and former advisor to the Cabinet Office 

John Tesh CBE, Visiting Professor at King’s College London, will discuss his 36-year career working in the fields of international policy, strategy, operational policy, resource planning and organisation, including in the MoD and Cabinet Office and contributing to the first National Risk Register.

'Conversations with Strategy' is an events series offering all War Studies students a unique opportunity to gain insights from some of our most prestigious visiting fellows. From former diplomats to intelligence analysts, journalists, civil servants and policymakers, visiting fellows will discuss their career journey, key tips, advice for success in their chosen profession and the lessons they’ve learned, and offer insights into contemporary strategic challenges.

This will be followed by a Q & A and conversation with students.



John Tesh retired from the MoD in 2012, after a 36-year career in the fields of international policy, strategy, operational policy, resource planning and organisation. His last post was on secondment from 2006 to the Civil Contingencies Secretariat - the Cabinet Office unit that advises the government on crisis management and resilience – to coordinate cross-government programmes to improve preparedness for major emergencies and to improve the resilience characteristics of national infrastructure. He advised on national resilience for the first three National Security Strategies, in 2008, 2009 and 2010. But he is probably best known, nationally and internationally, for his work to develop anticipation and understanding of the risks of disaster in UK, through the National Risk Assessment and other strategic risk assessments, and for the publication of the first National Risk Register.

He was appointed CBE in 2013 and since then has contributed to OECD and UK Government outreach work on risk and resilience.


This event is part of the 'Conversations with Strategy' seminar series, that will offer students a unique opportunity to gain insights from the Department's distinguished visiting fellows.

Please register via Zoom, once registered attendees will receive an email confirming the joining details.

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28 January 2021

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