A former Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Marines, with a wealth of operational experience, Chris’ military career included advising on Afghan Strategy and plans to the Cabinet Office and National Security Council, and he was responsible for the design of the drawdown of the UK presence in Afghanistan. He saw active service in a wide range of places including Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Georgia and Afghanistan.
In 2010, Chris co-authored a HBR article on planning in fluid situations. This then led to him leaving the military to create Quirk Solutions Ltd. Chris has worked with BUPA, Heineken, Standard Life Investments, Shell and a wide range of SME businesses. He uses his leadership, strategy and planning experience to give organisations increased coherency, direction and efficiency. Chris is also one of the UK’s premier exponents of Business Wargaming; stress testing plans to identify risks and opportunities.
Bi-lingual in French and with a Masters Degree in International Liaison and Communication, he spent 6 months of 2013 in Benin, providing French-speaking performance consultancy to a client.
An avid rugby man, Chris also enjoys outdoor sports, trying to surf, and expending vast amounts of nugatory effort failing to make his garden look presentable.
Chris Paton is an extraordinary polymath. His exceptional intellect and leadership skill set is faultless and is combined, in his new career, with an empathy to deliver which at once inspires as much as it educates.”