Major Chris Hunter arguably had the world’s most dangerous job, in the world’s most dangerous place. As the British Army’s most experienced counter-terrorist bomb disposal specialist in Iraq, he took his life in his hands on a daily basis.
He was so effective at defusing the crude, unstable but deadly devices, that terrorists on both sides of the conflict, Sunnis and Shi’as, put a price on his head. Quite apart from the danger of defusing the bombs, just getting to them was a huge risk, as Chris was a sitting target for snipers.
By the time he arrived in Iraq in 2004, Major Chris Hunter had already notched up 14 years experience in the British Army; he'd seen active service in the Balkans, East Africa, Northern Ireland, Colombia and Afghanistan.
But Iraq was different... despite being shot and wounded in an ambush just four days into his tour, he and his team became so successful at disabling insurgent bombs that the bombers ended up placing a price on his head and designing bombs specifically for him.
Chris also deployed a number of antiterrorist arrest operations in the UK and was the architect of the UK's EOD response to a suicide bomb attack on the UK mainland. Later, he played an instrumental role during the July 2005 London bombings, when he was seconded to the British Government's COBR-A as a suicide terrorism expert.
For his actions during his Iraq tour Major Chris Hunter was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal by HM Queen Elizabeth II. His citation read: ‘There can be few other individuals who have so willingly played Russian roulette with their own life to safeguard the lives of others'.
Since retiring from the army as the MOD's senior IED intelligence analyst, Chris has written the acclaimed memoirs Eight Lives Down and Extreme Risk, and embarked on a successful career as a freelance writer and motivational speaker. His highly captivating story about ‘the world's most dangerous job in the world's most dangerous place' makes for a compelling and incredibly moving event.
Major Chris Hunter is a regular contributor to the BBC, Channel 4 and CNN news stations, has an impressive international speaking reputation and continues to expand his TV, radio and media experience. Most recently, he presented a History Channel documentary called Bomb-Hunters and contributed to a number of documentaries, including BBC3's Conspiracy Road trip 7/7 and the docudrama The Taking of Prince Harry.
In addition, Chris continues to support and act as ambassador to a number of military charities, and in 2012 was nominated as one of 15 ambassadors to David Cameron's ‘National Citizen Service' – a young people's initiative to develop young people's leadership and life skills.