About us

Founded in 2007, stabilisation.eu is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-partisan, charitable organisation, with international scope. We are a Small Charity by definition of the Charity Commission, are a Member Charity of the Small Charities Coalition, and were awarded the Charity Excellence Framework quality mark. We are also an Accredited Observer Organisation with the Electoral Commission.

All of the work undertaken by stabilisation.eu is pro bono (English: “for the public good”). This Latin phrase sums up our purpose perfectly: We provide commercial-quality professional services, which are always undertaken voluntarily and without payment. Unlike traditional volunteerism, our work uses the specific skills of highly qualified and experienced professionals to provide services to those in humanitarian and civil society organisations who are otherwise unable to afford them.

With this, the team at stabilisation.eu pride ourselves on doing the utmost to help right across the globe, in places where our skills are required and can make a positive impact.

Mission: To deliver high-quality pro bono professional safety and security services to charitable and civil society organisations who work in development, stabilisation and humanitarian settings across the globe, and who otherwise could not afford such services, in order to help them perform their work safely.

Vision: Our vision is of a vibrant and sustainable civil society across the globe, able to undertake their humanitarian work safely and securely.

Focus areas: Our focus is on supporting organisations who care for the sick, injured, or disabled; young people at risk; the elderly; the homeless or displaced; and/or all other vulnerable persons affected by situations of emergency, disaster, disease, and/or conflict.

Values: Humanitarianism, independence, impartiality, integrity, respect for human rights, sustainability.

Organisations we have worked with operate all across the globe, including Greece, Kenya, Kosovo, Malawi, North Macedonia (formerly FYR), Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and more.

The Founder


James Michael Wilson BA MA MSc

Founder, Executive Director, & Principal Expert

James is a Registered Independent Security Consultant (RISC), who formally founded stabilisation.eu in 2007, and has been undertaking pro bono consultation in stabilisation, safety, and security ever since — in parallel to a successful career in international affairs and diplomacy, including with the OSCE, EU, NATO, OPCW, government, civil society, and private sector.

James has a wealth of proven practical experience of managing and leading the delivery of development and stabilisation interventions in disaster and conflict affected states, having worked in the most difficult security and development environments, including both emergency response and long-term programmatic roles.

He possesses diverse deployed field experience including conflict monitoring in Eastern Ukraine, Ebola response management in Sierra Leone, post-conflict programming in Kosovo, election monitoring operations in Ukraine, Kosovo, Turkey, and FYR Macedonia (now known as the Republic of North Macedonia), as well as humanitarian safety and security management in the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. Moreover, James has worked with NGOs operating in Sri Lanka, Kenya, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and much more.

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Security Consultancy (BA)
  • Master of Arts in Politics and International Relations (MA)
  • Master of Science in Security Sector Management (MSc)
  • Postgraduate Specialist Degree in International Election Observation (PgDip)
  • Postgraduate Specialist Degree in Protection of Human Rights Defenders (PgDip)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Food Security (PgCert)
  • Diploma of the Business Continuity Institute (DBCI)
  • Certified Security Management Professional (CSMP)
  • Certified Humanitarian and Stabilisation Manager (CHSM)
  • Certified Election Observation Management Professional (CEOMP)
  • Certified Technical Security Professional (CTSP)
  • Certified in Security Supervision and Management (CSSM)
  • Certified Protection Officer (CPO)
  • Certified Institutional Protection Specialist (CIPS)
  • Certified Institutional Protection Manager (CIPM)
  • Certified Visitor Relations Specialist (CVRS)
  • Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP)
  • Registered Independent Security Consultant (RISC)
  • Registered Risk Practitioner (RRP)
  • Level 7 (Masters Degree) MCGI in Leadership and Management
  • Level 5 (Foundation Degree) AfCGI for Security & Risk Management Consultants
  • Level 4 (CertHE) LCGI in Counter Terrorism Security Management
  • Level 4 (CertHE) LCGI in Security Management
  • Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management (FInstAM)
  • Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (FIIRSM)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (FICPEM)
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)
  • Fellow of the Register of Humanitarian and Stabilisation Professionals (FRoHSP)
  • Member of the Security Institute (MSyI)
  • Member of the Emergency Planning Society (MEPS)
  • Member of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management (MISRM)
  • Member of the International Security Management Institute (MISMI)
  • Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP)
  • Awarded Freedom of the City of London
  • Member of ASIS International
  • Member of the International Foundation of Protection Officers (IFPO)
  • Member of the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection (IFCPP)
  • Member of the UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS)
  • Member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS)
  • Certified International Peace Operations Professional (CIPOP)
  • Certified Humanitarian Safety and Security Professional (CHSSP)
  • Certified Humanitarian Emergency and Disaster Response Professional (CHERP)
  • Certified Humanitarian Reporting and Advocacy Professional (CHRAP)
  • Certified Humanitarian Project and Programme Management Professional (CHPMP)
  • Certified Humanitarian Press and Public Information Professional (CHPIP)
  • Certified Countering Violent Extremism Professional (CCVEP)
  • Certified Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Professional (CWSHP)
  • Certified Humanitarian Food Security Professional (CHFSP)
  • Certified Security Sector Reform Professional (CSSRP)
  • Certified Non-Governmental Organisation Professional (CNGOP)
  • Certified International and Regional Organisation Professional (CIROP)
  • ENTRi Certified EU Civilian Crisis Management Course (C³MC) HEAT
  • EU Basic Awareness in Security (BASE)
  • EU Security Awareness in Fragile Environments (SAFE)
  • EU Hostile Environment Security Training (eHEST)
  • Award in Management of Trauma Risk (EQF Level 5 / University Foundation Degree)
  • Award in Security and Risk Management Consultancy (EQF Level 5)
  • Award in Counter Terrorism Security Management (EQF Level 4)
  • Award in Security Management (EQF Level 4)
  • Award in Managing Safely / IOSH Health and Safety (EQF Level 2)
  • Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace (EQF Level 2)
  • Award in Risk Assessment (EQF Level 2)
  • Award in Fire Risk Assessment (EQF Level 2)
  • Award in Advanced Safeguarding of Children (EQF Level 2)
  • Award in Advanced Safeguarding of Adults (EQF Level 2)
  • Award in Working Safely / IOSH Health and Safety (EQF Level 1)
  • Award in Food Safety and Hygiene (EQF Level 1)
  • And much more



Ross McKenzie MA

Trustee and Director of Communications

Ross McKenzie joined the stabilisation.eu team as a Trustee and Director of Communications. Ross is a public affairs and policy specialist, with experience creating and influencing legislation and policy at national and international level.

A communications specialist, Ross is able to create effective and strategic communication plans and materials.  He is the currently Head of Public Affairs at a FTSE 250 company, having previously worked in the House of Commons, the Scottish Parliament, and the European Parliament.


James Craggs MA

Trustee and Treasurer

Since 2002, James Craggs has been working in the international banking and finance sector, including at managerial and director levels. He brings this extensive experience and knowledge to the team both as a Trustee and as the charity’s Treasurer / Director of Finance.


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