About

Sheena Thomson Consulting is a boutique global crisis and issues management consultancy.  We provide clients with expertise, counsel, operational support, and guidance to plan for and manage reputation risk, and achieve best outcomes when faced with risk, challenges and unexpected or complex events. We also have considerable experience in high visibility transition settings, high-risk situations, sensitive projects and discrete operations.  

Our core services advise and support individuals and organisations drawing upon experience gained in the security, diplomacy, corporate, and government sectors.  Typically, we work closely with operations, risk management, business continuity, communications, legal and executive functions.

We assist with transition and crisis planning, training, risk mitigation, task management and post-crisis strategy implementation. As part of our focus on transition and mitigation, we have a special interest in ESG and climate change which is increasingly impacting physical, transition and liability risks.

We have particular experience in the UK, the EU, North America, and GCC and ASEAN regions.

Why we are different

Sheena Thomson Consulting comprises a highly experienced team drawn predominantly from the military and civilian public service sector, augmented with solid consulting experience. We understand the dynamics at work when under pressure, how to manage risk and reputation, and how to achieve successful outcomes.  

We offer very specific strategic and operational crisis management expertise and high levels of service that focus on our client’s needs. Our strength is providing a responsive, discreet and flexible approach in complex situations.  

Founder – Sheena Thomson, Found. Chart. PR, MCIPR

Sheena is a global strategic, crisis and issues communications leader. She has built a solid reputation over the course of her career in military media operations, government advisory and corporate communication roles. She is an expert in identifying and mitigating issues and managing crisis communications, both during and after situations 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.

Her crisis management expertise often places her at the centre of sensitive and challenging situations. These include aircraft accidents, political crises, cyber security concerns, regulatory challenges and post-IPO issues management. Sheena is a global crisis responder and is available 24/7 for both remote and onsite support. Her record deploying to a client overseas is two days.

In 2021, Sheena established CrisisFit®, a fully accredited, military-inspired executive leadership programme in crisis management.

Sheena is a Founding CIPR Chartered PR Practitioner, MCIPR, PROSCITM  Change Management Practitioner,  board member – the International Association of Risk and Crisis Communications (IARCC) and member of the  BSI Risk Management Study Group on sustainability.

Associates

Mark Harris


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 Mugridge

 

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 Thomsen

 

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 Bruce

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 Rowland

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 Wilson

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 Dhaliwal

Lovejit Dhaliwal is an award-winning journalist, documentary maker and podcaster.
 
She has divided her time covering global business and economics as well as the geopolitical affairs of Asia, Africa and Europe with stories ranging from the Greek debt crisis to Gulf wars, conflict in Mali and outbreaks of Ebola in Western Africa to the changes in government in India and the handling of the pandemic in East Asia.
 
Lovejit has delivered training in higher education, is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and invited to conferences to speak about diversity.  
 

Lovejit is a CrisisFit® Media Trainer and Advisor with Sheena Thomson Consulting.

 

Partners

Leading Change  

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 Bouch

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.

 

Crisis Solutions

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 Whitby

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.        

Our wider network of associates

In addition to our core team, Sheena Thomson Consulting has an extensive network of associates in the UK and across the globe.  Contingent on client needs, we draw upon experts with relevant skills sets or experience in:

  • Cyber-security intelligence
  • Maritime security and intelligence
  • Behavioural intelligence
  • Mass fatality incidents
  • Extortion
  • High-risk environments and occupational health
  • Digital and social media crisis management