Hostage Negotiator. It's been a colourful life: After decades as a detective investigating serious crimes, Richard was invited to become a hostage negotiator. His success was such that he was appointed Lead Trainer at the National Hostage and Crisis Unit at Scotland Yard, training hostage negotiators across the UK.
This time Richard was involved in an advisory capacity with the FBI, the UN, The Indian Secret Services, The Scorpions in Mandela’s South Africa and The World Food Programme, among others.
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Richard now speaks and trains for the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. This latest stage in his career has seen him fulfil speaking and training engagements in every corner of the globe. He’s helped people to achieve ambitious outcomes – from Downing Street to PwC, from LinkedIn to BT, and from Cambridge University to Sky UK. And he can help you, and your people, to do the same.
Sky News defence correspondent Alistair Bunkall is one of the country's leading broadcasters on security and foreign affairs.
He has covered the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and South Sudan and humanitarian crises and natural disasters around the world. In 2015 he became one of the few journalists in the world to report from North Korea. Much of his work in the past 18 months has focused on counter-terrorism and the rise of Islamic State. He has been a key analyst for the channel during terror attacks in Paris, Brussels, Nice and elsewhere.
He has travelled to the migrants routes, over the Mediterranean from Libya and through Turkey to Greece. His undercover filming in a refugee camp revealed the dreadful conditions the refugees were being housed in.
Alistair was invited to witness and report the lowering of the Union Flag over Camp Bastion for the last time. He was on one of the last flights out of Helmand Province in a secret operation to airlift the last remaining troops to safety. He broke the news that Britain's long war in Afghanistan was finally over.
Alistair has interviewed some of the world's most powerful people, including British Prime Ministers, NATO Secretaries General, US Secretary of State John Kerry, the French President Francois Hollande, Intelligence chiefs and Heads of the Military. Most recently he flew to Ankara for an exclusive interview with the Turkish Prime Minister in the days after the failed coup.
He is a regular contributor to newspapers and publications including the Daily Telegraph, Spectator, Evening Standard and New Statesman.
Alistair is a regular contributor to newspapers and publications including the Daily Telegraph, Spectator, Evening Standard and New Statesman.