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John joined the Foreign Office in 1971. He focussed on the Soviet Union in the first part of his career and then broadened out to work on terrorism and in HR including head of training. He established his own company in 2001 training intelligence and security services around the world. He has co-authored four books and various papers on managing the dark side of behaviour at work and personality profiling.

Research interests and areas of expertise

  • Psychology of collecting human intelligence
  • The causes of betrayal and the insider threat
  • Helping people learn, particularly in an intelligence environment
  • Analysis tradecraft
  • Assessing the validity of intelligence