James Spencer MPhil MBCI

Business Continuity Consultant

Personal background

Professionally qualified (MBCI) and well-practiced in the delivery of business continuity consultancy services to commercial and government organisations especially in West Africa. An expert trainer with high grade communication skills.  Academically qualified (MPhil at Cambridge University) and operationally practiced in the analysis of international affairs and implications for commercial and security operations.  Ex-British Army infantry officer (Scots Guards) with operational experience in leadership roles in Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Northern Ireland.


Independent Risk and Resilient Consultant: (2015-now)

Delivered various risk and resilience-related projects as an independent and as an associate international business continuity consultant for Russell Philips Limited

African Development Bank (2011-14): Business Continuity Manager

Based in North Africa, provided in-house leadership and operational guidance on all matters related to business continuity in the bank’s 33 subordinate country offices including:

  • comprehensive risk management advice regarding the full-spectrum of external threats;
  • technical support through BIA facilitation and Information Technology Recovery Plans
  • authorship and testing BCPs
  • training and exercising strategic and operational crisis management teams
  • contingency planning and support for high impact events eg coups (Mali and Guinea-Bissau), civil war (South Sudan and Central African Republic) and Arab Spring civil unrest

Scymitar Consulting (2009-11): Director and principle risk and resilience consultant

Arturus Limited (2007-08): International risk analyst and resilience consultant

Army officer in The Scots Guards (1995-2005)

Operational service in Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Northern Ireland.


Qualified by exam and experience and awarded MBCI (2014)

M Phil International Relations, Cambridge University (2005-06)

BA (Hons) Arabic with Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, Durham University (1990-94)