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Lt Col Chris Gibson MBE

Award winning healthcare innovator, formerly named Ideas UK International Innovator of the Year, military global operations leader and inspirational business speaker – particularly relevant for medical audiences.

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Business leadership speaker, Chris Gibson, brings with him over 34 years of military experience. He has held leadership roles and key appointments throughout his career, serving on specialist military operations all over the world. His operations include 18 months in Beirut attempting to gain the release of Terry Waite, 12 months in Sarajevo on a Special Forces Team charge with the capture and arrest on indicted war criminals, and 16 months in Sierra Leone during the civil war. Further deployment on operations in Zaire, Uganda and Algeria brought Chris many challenges. He also led the Close Protection operation in the Middle East during the 2nd Gulf War where he planned and led the protection of various world leaders.

A graduate of NHS Staff College, Chris has an inventive enthusiasm for adapting military leadership and wisdom to the wider benefit of enterprises. In speeches, Chris taps into his first-hand military experience to deliver actionable tactics to support successful business leadership. He works with various professional sporting teams and business groups. Chris shares how to translate his positive philosophy into a winning strategy.

Having gained a post graduate award in Medical Simulation Management from Harvard University, Chris was appointed as The Chief Instructor of The Army Medical Services Training Centre.  It is the world’s largest medical simulation centre.  As a result, he co-developed a training and assurance methodology for hospital care.  This has been adopted by American, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand militaries as international best practice. Chris also led the development and delivery of a training model for military and NHS volunteers to combat the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa. This was an irrefutable success – with over 1,200 personnel appropriately trained and equipped for the rigor of delivering care in a West African jungle. Due to the success of this programme, he was awarded the MBE.


A known innovator, Chris was awarded with The Health Service Journal Special Recognition Award for his development of innovative solutions to healthcare. He was then named by Ideas UK as International Innovator of the Year 2017-18. Chris has been the government lead on assisting London Ambulance Service NHS Trust out of Special Measures. He is currently working as a special advisor to the Ministry of Justice as a Leadership and Cultural Advisor.


His key presentation themes include:

  • Innovation.
  • Dealing positively with change.
  • Successful workplace resilience and well-being strategy.
  • Leadership and understanding on how to create high-performance teams in the workplace.
  • Key steps to creating a successful and winning workplace culture.


“Fascinating insights from Lt. Col Chris Gibson MBE.” Leaders Performance, At Home With Leaders Podcast 2020.

“Plenty of leadership insights shared.” Leaders In Sport, Tall Tree, Management Futures.

Brilliant presentation by Lt Col Chris Gibson, MBE on ‘Lessons from military medicine on how to innovate.’ Brian Dolan OBE, RMN, RGN, Prof Leadership in Healthcare, University of Salford.

“Fascinating presentation `creating capability in a crisis.’ SU Medical School.

An invigorating talk by Chris Gibson from The Leadership Team who shifted the thoughts of business leaders in that room with his first-hand knowledge & experience of putting military practice into business leadership. Truly inspirational.” Talent in Logistics.

“Really enjoyed this morning’s round table chat with Chris Gibson- all things leadership and high performance. Loads to think about and reflect on. Thanks.” Brendan Connor, Performance Services Manager, Cricket Ireland 2020.

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