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Explosive life of brave bomb disposal hero

The amazing life and career of the ‘real life Hurt Locker star’ – bomb disposal hero Major Chris Hunter – was told to 100 businesspeople from across the region at the AFC Business Director’s Lunch.

He was keynote speaker at the event held at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium by AFC Business, commercial arm of the Premier League club, and hosted by Chairman Jeff Mostyn.

Major Hunter, whose gruelling missions in Iraq inspired the Hollywood blockbuster film, told his story from joining the Army at 16, serving with specialist counter terrorism unit and being deployed in operational theatres such as The Balkans, Northern Ireland, Colombia, Afghanistan and Iraq.
He was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his actions in Iraq, worked as a senior intelligence analyst at the Ministry of Defence and was seconded to COBRA, the Cabinet Office’s emergency response committee, at the time of the 7/7 London bombings.

Major Hunter, who also found time to author books about his exploits in the most dangerous places on Earth, continues to work as a counter-terrorism consultant, and returned to Iraq after the lunch, where he trains locals in bomb disposal.

A main thrust of his speech was to show how his experiences in the high-pressure, high stakes world of bomb disposal and intelligence led him to develop the skills, psychologies and life-or-death decision-making processes and translating them to the current needs of the commercial world.

During a question and answer session conducted by interviewer Harvey Thornycroft, Major Hunter referenced psychometric testing, communications, fear of failure, motivation, soft skills, dealing with mavericks and leadership.

He spoke of the military’s OODA loop decision action cycle, referencing his time in Iraq where every decision made could have been his last.

He said: “In any given activity to observe the atmospherics, you orientate your resources or your focus, you make a decision then you act – then you observe, orientate, decide act again. Your competitors will be doing exactly the same thing so your decision action cycle has to be faster than theirs in order to achieve success.”

“Fear comes in many forms and the most common one is fear of failure. I think this is misplaced. Sometimes you have just got to make a decision and if Plan A doesn’t work there are another 25 letters in the alphabet.

“Where I have seen amazing people be hugely successful is when they have been prepared to take a risk, albeit a calculated risk – and the reason others have not been successful is usually because their fear of failure has curtailed them and they have not been prepared to take a gamble.”

Peter Lamb, from Savills Planning which was sponsoring the event for the third time, gave an overview of the economic powerhouse that is the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole region.

The BCP Council area is the 12 largest in England with a population of 394,000, bigger than Cardiff, Southampton, Brighton and Portsmouth and just 14 per cent smaller than Bristol.

He spoke of the area’s strengths, including the tourism industry – which is worth £10.7 million annually and supports 12,000 jobs – AFC Bournemouth, Bournemouth Airport, Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth, which have 23,500 students and a 22 per cent graduate retention rate.

Mr Lamb, based in Wimborne, also listed the challenges faced by what he described as Urban Dorset – infrastructure, roads, productivity – which is significantly below Bristol and Southampton – and unaffordable housing.

Opportunities include improving connectivity, building more homes and top quality commercial floor space, attracting more tech companies and repurposing unused retail space.

AFC Business, the free to join business club with almost 1,800 members, is the engine for all the club’s commercial activities.

It was launched in 2009 and gives members exclusive offers at AFC Bournemouth, access to events and is a great chance to meet local businesses.

AFC Business’ five main partners are Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dorset Mental Health Forum, Hill Osborne and Strategic Solutions.

The next AFC Business event is an Al Fresco Evening on Friday, August 2 which includes dining and the Cherries’ pre-season friendly against Serie A giants Lazio.

For further information about the business club, email your details to Aysia Smith at aysia.smith@afcb.co.uk.

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AFC Business Breakfast

Join the AFC Business team for a morning of coffee and hearty food to kick-start your day and, more importantly, to give you an opportunity to network with lots of friendly faces within the local business community.

We’re less than a month from the next AFC Business Breakfast which takes place on Wednesday 8th May between 7:30am and 9:30am at Vitality Stadium.

The itinerary for the morning is:

  • 7:30am to 8:00am tea and coffee served and the chance to meet other business people in a relaxed and friendly environment
  • 8:20am delicious full English or continental breakfast served
  • 9:00am guests are invited to move tables and meet with other business delegates
  • There will be an opportunity to win a business card draw
  • 9:30am event closes

This breakfast is just £15 plus VAT per person. Due to the popularity of this event, we advise booking early to guarantee your place.

This is the last AFC Business event of the football season, so please bring plenty of business cards to make the most of the morning.

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AFC Business March Breakfast Event

AFC Business March Breakfast Event

 

Event 7.30am to 10.00am

7.30am to 8am tea and coffee served and the chance to meet with other business men and women in a relaxed and friendly environment

8.20am delicious full English or continental breakfast served

9am guests are invited to move tables and meet with other business delegates

The opportunity to win a business card draw

10am event closes

This event is just £15 Plus VAT per person and non-members are welcome. Due to the popularity of this event, we advise booking early to guarantee your place.

Please bring plenty of business cards!

Please note, all bookings must be made online. Delegate lists and name badges are automatically generated from the information you add to your booking. If you are booking multiple guests, please add their name and company name so they receive a name badge and their details are on the delegate list.

Menu choices and any dietary requirements will be taken from online bookings ahead of the event. Unfortunately, we are unable to change any menu choices or cater for dietary requirements on the day of the event.

 

Thank you to the Official Partners of AFC Business:

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce

Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Dorset Cancer Care Foundation

Hill Osborne

Strategic Solutions

Travel Counsellors

We look forward to welcoming you at Vitality Stadium.

 

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AFC Business Breakfast

AFC Business January Breakfast Event

Event 7.30am to 10.00am

  • 7.30am to 8am tea and coffee served and the chance to meet with other business men and women in a relaxed and friendly environment
  • 8am delicious full English or continental breakfast served
  • 9am guests are invited to move tables and meet with other business delegates
  • The opportunity to win a business card draw
  • 10am event closes

This event is just £15 Plus VAT per person and non-members are welcome. Due to the popularity of this event, we advise booking early to guarantee your place.

Please bring plenty of business cards!

Please note, all bookings must be made online. Delegate lists and name badges are automatically generated from the information you add to your booking. If you are booking multiple guests, please add their name and company name so they receive a name badge and their details are on the delegate list.

Menu choices and any dietary requirements will be taken from online bookings ahead of the event. Unfortunately, we are unable to change any menu choices or cater for dietary requirements on the day of the event.

 

Book your tickets HERE!

 

Thank you to the Official Partners of AFC Business:

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce

Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Hill Osborne

Strategic Solutions

Travel Counsellors

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AFC Business Breakfast – September

AFC Bournemouth Business Breakfast

AFC Bournemouth Business Breakfast

 

The event will start at 8am and include:

•Tea and coffee on arrival
•The chance to meet with other business men and women in a relaxed and friendly environment
•Enjoy a delicious full English or continental breakfast including tea, coffee and orange juice
•After breakfast, guests are invited to move tables and meet with other business delegates
•The opportunity to win two tickets to an AFC Bournemouth fixture

This event is just £15 plus VAT per person and non-members are welcome.

Due to the popularity of this event, we advise booking early to guarantee your place HERE!

If you have any enquiries please contact  Ashton McClelland at AFC Bournemouth on Tel:01202 726306 E-mail:ashton.mcclelland@afcb.co.uk

 

AFC Business is AFC Bournemouth’s free to join business club.

As an AFC Business member, you will benefit from:

• Regular networking events and breakfast meetings
• Invitations to charity, themed and business events
• Opportunities to advertise and promote your business to other members
• The chance to do business with other members
• Exclusive discounts and benefits offered by AFC Bournemouth and Business Club members
It’s simple and free to join, simply click here.

Follow AFC Business on Twitter to keep up to date with business news and events @afcbusiness.

 

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