Founder and Executive Director
James Michael Wilson
BA MA MSc PgCert PgDip PgDip DBCI MCGI CHSM CSMP CTSP CSSM CPO CKP CIPM CVRS RISC RRP FRGS FIIRSM FICPEM FCiiSCM FCMI FInstLM FRoHSP FInstAM FInstPa
James is a Registered Independent Security Consultant (RISC), who formally founded stabilisation.eu in 2007, and has been undertaking pro bono consultancy 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 the private sector.
James is the Executive Director and Founding Trustee of stabilisation.eu, and continues to be the Principal Expert for all of our activities.
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.
James 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), security and resilience policy in the United Kingdom, as well as humanitarian safety and security management in the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. Moreover, through his work with stabilisation.eu, James has worked with NGOs operating in Canada, Greece, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, United States, United Kingdom, and much more.
James is also the Executive Director of the International Foundation for Safety and Security in Elections (IFSSE).
Qualifications and Certifications: James holds numerous academic qualifications and professional certifications, covering a vast array of areas, including the following:
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 Certificate in Food Security (PgCert)
Postgraduate Specialist Degree / Postgraduate Diploma in International Election Observation (PgDip)
Postgraduate Specialist Degree / Postgraduate Diploma in Protection of Human Rights Defenders (PgDip)
Diploma of the Business Continuity Institute (DBCI)
Level 7 (Masters Degree) MCGI in Leadership and Management (EQF Level 7)
Certified Humanitarian and Stabilisation Manager (CHSM)
Certified Security Management Professional (CSMP)
Certified Technical Security Professional (CTSP)
Certified in Security Supervision and Management (CSSM)
Certified Election Observation Management Professional (CEOMP)
Certified Protection Officer (CPO)
Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) University Award (EQF Level 4)
Certified Institutional Protection Specialist (CIPS)
Certified Institutional Protection Manager (CIPM)
Certified Visitor Relations Specialist (CVRS)
Registered Independent Security Consultant (RISC)
Registered Risk Practitioner (RRP)
Level 5 (Foundation Degree) AfCGI for Security & Risk Management Consultants (EQF Level 5)
Level 4 (CertHE) LCGI in Counter Terrorism Security Management (EQF Level 4)
Level 4 (CertHE) LCGI in Security Management (EQF Level 4)
Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI)
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 Chartered International Institute of Security and Crisis Management (FCiiSCM)
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)
Fellow of the Register of Humanitarian and Stabilisation Professionals (FRoHSP)
Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals (FInstPa)
Member of the Security Institute (MSyI)
Lifetime Member of the Institute of Directors (MIoD)
Member of the Emergency Planning Society (MEPS)
Member of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management (MISRM)
Member of the International Security Management Institute (MISMI)
Lifetime Member of the Association of Security Consultants (MASC)
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 (TRiM) (EQF Level 5)
Award in Managing Safely / IOSH Health and Safety Management (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)
IOSH Award in Working Safely (EQF Level 1)
Award in Food Safety and Hygiene (EQF Level 1)
And much more
Honours and Awards: Over the years, James has received countless awards, fellowships, and honours for his international efforts operating in conflict, disaster, and development settings with charities and international organisations. The following are a selection of key honours he has received in recent years:
In April 2019 it was announced James was to be awarded the Badge of the Order of the League of Mercy, an honour officially listed in the London Gazette. The medal is in honour of James’ dedication in the provision of services to international charity, through his tireless efforts with stabilisation.eu in providing free-of-charge professional safety and security advice to civil society organisations across the globe. The League of Mercy was established by Royal Charter on 30 March 1899, and re-established 100 year's later as a charity registered in England on 30 March 1999 (Charity No: 1076885), and its Badge is part of the Order of Wear instituted by the Sovereign.
In June 2019, James was unanimously elected as a Fellow of the Chartered International Institute of Security and Crisis Management (FCiiSCM), in recognition of his extensive, senior security and crisis management experience.
In May 2019, James was elected as Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) for his “demonstrated commitment to the highest standards in management practice” over the preceding 12 years. In the same month, James became Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals (FInstPa) in honour of his work as Executive Director of stabilisation.eu, as a senior consultant to civil society, and as a senior manager in international organisations, over the preceding decade.
In February 2019, James was elected as a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (FIIRSM) in honour of his extensive professional experience in risk and safety leadership in international stabilisation operations and for charities in development and disaster environments.
In January 2019, James became the first person to ever be appointed as a Lifetime Member of the UK Association of Security Consultants (ASC), and at the same time was appointed as the youngest-ever Registered Independent Security Consultant (RISC) by the ASC. In the same month, he became the first-ever Fellow of the Register of Humanitarian and Stabilisation Professionals (FRoHSP), the highest honour bestowed by the RoHSP, for services to international stabilisation and security.
In November 2018, James became one of the youngest ever Liverymen (highest grade of Livery Company membership) of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP), after being dressed in the livery at a ceremony in the City of London.
In October 2018, James was unanimously elected as Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM), the highest grade of membership of the Institute, reserved solely for senior managers with a proven track record of successful leadership ability.
In 2018, James was entered to the Register of Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP) in recognition of his consultancy experience, and was the youngest person to date to have the CTSP title.
In 2017, James was awarded Freedom of the City of London, as a “citizen and security professional of London”. The same year, he was unanimously elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (FICPEM), in recognition of his extensive international emergency management and stabilisation experience.
In March 2017, James was unanimously elected as Fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management (FInstAM), the highest grade of membership of the IAM, in recognition of his strategic leadership in international organisations as well as through his charitable work as the Executive Director of stabilisation.eu and with numerous other civil society organisations.
In 2016, James was awarded Her Majesty’s Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa, for his voluntary charitable work in Sierra Leone during the Ebola virus epidemic. For his work in the Balkans over several years, he was also awarded the NATO Non-Article 5 Medal with 'Balkans' clasp, and the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Medal with numeral '4'. Also in 2016, James was awarded Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP).
In 2015, James was made the youngest-ever Registered Risk Practitioner (RRP) by Alarm UK, the public risk management association of the United Kingdom, in honour and recognition of his extensive experience and higher education in the field of risk management. The same year, he won the “Outstanding Achievement in Security Award” from Buckinghamshire New University, UK.
In 2014, James was unanimously elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) for his work on human geography and human security. Prior to this, James received numerous awards for his voluntary and professional work, including from the UK and Scottish Governments, as well as for academic excellence – such as the “Security Sector Management Award” at the MOD Defence Academy of the United Kingdom in 2012.
James has received the following official and operational decorations: