Sheena Thomson Consulting is a global consulting firm that offers strategic and risk, advisory and crisis leadership training services. Our specialities are geopolitical risks, operational risks, strategic communications and crisis response. All are invariably connected and prevalent in today’s evolving geopolitical landscape.
We support clients with our expertise, counsel, operational support, and guidance to plan for and manage the uncertain post-pandemic world we are now navigating.
Our heritage has an international footprint covering high visibility subject matter, sensitive projects and discrete operations. We draw upon our experience gained in the security, diplomacy, corporate, and government sectors.
Ultimately, we support decision makers make and execute the decisions that matter most.
Why we are different
Sheena Thomson Consulting comprises a highly experienced team drawn predominantly from the military, public service and corporate sectors, augmented with solid consulting experience.
We understand the dynamics of geopolitical risk, evolving situations, shifting priorities and being under intense security, particularly when the stakes are high. We know how to at work when under pressure, how to manage risk and reputation, and how to achieve successful outcomes.
We offer strategic and operational expertise and high levels of service that focus on our client’s needs. Our strength is providing a responsive, discreet and flexible approach.
Founder – Sheena Thomson, Found. Chart. PR, MCIPR
Sheena is an international strategic communications leader and has lived and worked in the UK, Western Balkans, the GCC and ASEAN regions.
She has built a solid reputation in military media operations, government advisory and corporate communication roles. Though this she understands extremely well the dynamics between geopolitics, security and their impact on investments, businesses and the global economy.
She is a strategic thinker an expert in identifying, analysing and mitigating risks and issues and managing crisis communications that either threaten or impact lives, reputation or business operations.
Sheena specialised in military human resources and media operations as an officer in the Royal Navy, where she mastered the ability to craft clear communication of a complex subject in frequently challenging settings. Since leaving the Royal Navy, Sheena has held senior multi-sector communication roles, including senior advisory or spokesperson roles for NATO, the EU, the ASEAN Secretariat, and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi Executive Council General Secretariat. She has represented clients in many countries around the world and has lived in Macedonia, Egypt, UAE, Oman, and Thailand leading up to the 2014 coup d’état.
In 2021, Sheena established CrisisFit®, a fully accredited, military-inspired executive leadership programme in risk and crisis management.
Sheena is a Founding CIPR Chartered PR Practitioner, MCIPR, PROSCI TM Change Management Practitioner, board member – the International Association of Risk and Crisis Communications (IARCC) and Adjunct Professor at the IE Business School Al Tamayyaz programme
Mark is a leading crisis management consultant and has worked internationally for over 30 years at the forefront of crisis management and crisis communications.
Prior to this, he served as a British Army officer, completing two United Nations tours and appointments with multi-national teams. Since leaving the Army, he has specialised in commercial crisis management, working for several leading consultancies, and has delivered conference presentations around the world on crisis management and crisis communications topics. He is also a regular broadcast and print commentator on breaking news crises around the world.
Mark attended the Advanced Management Course at the Manchester Business School, and the London School of Public Relations, before specialising in crisis management and crisis communications.
Mark is the CrisisFit® Crisis Management Lead, and crisis management advisor with Sheena Thomson Consulting.
David is a former Royal Navy Officer who, over the course of his 30-year career, has held two CEO equivalent positions.
Working globally within the Energy Sector, David leads and advises in high-risk, operationally complex, technologically advanced projects from concept to completion. He practices VUCA on a daily basis.
David’s focus is on operational management within the offshore oil and gas industry and has particular expertise in developing high-reliability organisations and the adoption of incident management techniques and practices.
David has previously served as APAC HSSE chairperson and worked with the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) to help improve Oil & Gas industry’s safety culture.
David is the CrisisFit® Risk Management Lead and Leadership Trainer with Sheena Thomson Consulting.
Lisa is a former Royal Navy Officer and was the first female Principal Warfare Officer, specialising in Communications and Electronic Warfare, in the Royal Navy.
Lisa has held a number of frontline leadership roles. Her final role was a Commanding Officer (CEO equivalent) in 77th Brigade where she led a team of Regular and Reserve specialists implementing groundbreaking cyber capabilities for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD).
Lisa is a CrisisFit® Leadership and Communications Trainer and Advisor with Sheena Thomson Consulting.
Specialist Trainers and Advisors
Dr Adrian Britten, PhD, C.Psychol.
Adrian has substantial experience protecting reputations, engaging employees, developing brands and developing leaders, often in difficult and sensitive situations.
As a Chartered Psychologist he has delivered lasting behaviour change in the transformations, M&As and rebrands which pepper his career. Sector experience includes financial services, defence, retail, oil and gas, FMCG, telecoms, UN agencies and governments across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America.
He is a published author regular commentator broadcast and print media, with a special interest in the role of emotional intelligence in crisis recovery.
Marina is an adventurer and entrepreneur, and ran a successful home furnishings business in the North of Scotland before moving to Al Ain, UAE with her family in 2007.
She founded the Oasis Offroad Club in 2008 and in 2012 turned her hobby into a business establishing Xpedition Arabia specialising in guided offroad trips in the UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Marina has also marshalled on the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and the Dakar Rally and blogs prolifically about her adventures as “The Desert Diva.”
Marina is a CrisisFit® Practical Leadership Trainer with Sheena Thomson Consulting, focusing on the Middle East market..
Jacky is an award-winning, internationally recognised correspondent and has reported for the BBC, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, and other titles.
She began her career as a BBC News trainee, swiftly moving to foreign news with postings in North Africa, the Middle East, the former Yugoslavia and the former Soviet Union. Her coverage of the uprising in Belgrade against Slobodan Milošević was recognised by a Royal Television Society award. Moving to Al Jazeera, Jacky was based in Jerusalem and then Paris.
She now uses her extensive experience to train those dealing with the media during fast-moving, intense stories, as well as advising on how to build successful media relationships.
Jacky is a CrisisFit® Media Trainer with Sheena Thomson Consulting and speaks fluent French and German.
Andrew is an award-winning foreign correspondent and communications professional. He has spent the majority of his career with Sky News.
He spent a decade as Sky’s bureau chief in Moscow, Jerusalem, and then Washington DC. He covered conflicts and breaking news, reporting live and presenting programmes around the world, including Afghanistan, Libya, Gaza, Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq. Andrew also covered the Chile mine rescue and the Asia tsunami.
Latterly he spent 10 years presenting a two-hour daily live news programme on Sky News which won a Royal Television Society award in 2016.
Andrew is a keynote speaker, a communications skills trainer, and a contributor to the Westminster Foreign Affairs think tank Global Strategy Forum. He has a particular interest in effective storytelling and media interviews
Andrew is a CrisisFit® Media Trainer and Advisor with Sheena Thomson Consulting.
Lovejit is a CrisisFit® Media Trainer and Advisor with Sheena Thomson Consulting.
Leading Change is a strategy execution consultancy that helps clients create a competitive edge by developing and implementing positive changes in the way they get important things done.
Change invariably emerges from crisis. In our fast-paced and uncertain world, Leading Change helps organisations adapt quickly, perform more consistently, and create more value.
Mark founded Leading Change Limited in 2008. His company specialises in applying the principles of Mission Command to develop and implement strategy in an uncertain world and develop effective change leaders and cohesive teams.
Mark’s extensive experience combines his army operational leadership and strategic planning roles with a 19-year consulting career, during which he has designed and implemented high-impact change programmes intended to build organisational capability and improve results.
His client portfolio includes leading companies in the pharmaceutical, digital publishing, engineering, and automotive sectors.
The Resilience Wellbeing Partnership (RWP) enables leaders to coach resilience in their teams and supports them with effective, proven skills and tools to help their people and teams’ flourish.
This is achieved by helping to eliminate unhealthy stress in executives, people managers and employees by fostering an organisational-wide culture that maximises productivity, reduces absenteeism and generates effective and productive teams in both normal and stressful times.
Tianne Croshaw, founder of RWP, created her leadership training and coaching business in 2009 following a five year career as a practising hypnotherapist and stress management consultant. Driving the success of RWP is a passion held by Tianne and her associates to help management increase their resilience and well-being levels and recognise and improve their impact and influence on their people.
Led by Tianne, RWP and their Resilience Programme was responsible for a pharmaceutical companies reduction in their Stress and Anxiety Absenteeism Figure to 0% across the entire site for the three years the programme ran.
RWP has developed and delivered Resilient Leadership and Team Programmes for the pharmaceutical, rail, retail and charity sectors
Crisis Solutions are leaders in crisis simulation and training. They deliver crisis management exercises, simulations, workshops, and training for some of the world’s largest and best-known organisations. All training is available online via the platform of the client’s choice.
Richard joined Crisis Solutions in 2003 as Managing Director. He has over 20 years’ experience of delivering and managing risk and resilience solutions for a variety of global brands. He has designed and run hundreds of crisis exercises and training events for a wide variety of organisations in several sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, entertainment, retail, government, and pharma.
Richard has been instrumental in projects as diverse as cyber-attack simulation for a global financial services provider; practical resilience planning in the oil fields of Kazakhstan; and supply chain resilience for major retailers. He was also involved in resilience planning for the London 2012 Olympics.
Prior to becoming a consultant, Richard was involved in financial services, achieving success as a fraud investigator, before moving to the London Stock Exchange.