Chair of the Assaye Risk Advisory Board

John Hughes is a seasoned expert in the management of non-technical risks and external affairs. He enjoyed a highly successful career at British Petroleum where he rose to become BP’s Group Political Advisor. During his time at BP he was involved at every level – advisor, manager, and director – providing advice across BP’s operations. He has been BP’s External Affairs Director, Regional Director for Asia Pacific, their Strategy and Planning Director for Communications and External Affairs to mention just a few of his highlights. John has advised on BP’s operations across the globe from Papua to South Africa, Russia and Central and Eastern Europe to America.

He is not only an astute and highly insightful advisor but also skilled in the arena of training and coaching and area of governance. As well as being the Chair of Assaye Risk’s Advisory Board, John is also on the board of the OFSTED and a Governor at the LSE. Assaye Risk is delighted to have him as their Advisory Board Chair where he brings his enormous experience and wise words to bear.


Senior Advisor

Tony Ling left the British Army having enjoyed a distinguished career and having served in a number of high-profile and demanding appointments. He commanded at every level in UK Special Forces. He was awarded a CBE – previously having been awarded an MBE and OBE – for his work as brigadier in Nambia responsible for reconciliation and integration of SWAPO.

He then joined British Petroleum (BP) in 1992 where he was initially the country security manager for their operations in Colombia. Subsequently he provided corporate advice for BP’s operations across S and SE Asia, the Former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and the Middle and Near East.

Having left BP in 2001, Tony became an independent security and human rights consultant for the extractive industries. He is a particular specialist in pipeline security and has worked on many of the most complex pipeline programmes including the South Caucasus Gas Pipeline and the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan crude oil pipeline. He was a major contributor and member of the team that produced the 1st Oil and Gas Producers guide on pipeline security.

Tony believes in and has implemented a holistic concept of security whereby security and corporate social responsibility are fully integrated and maximised for the benefit of all stakeholders including the local community. He is a leading expert in the practical implementation of the Voluntary Principles of Security and Human Rights. Tony has lectured and taught the practical use of these vitally important principles, as well as having conducted a number of Human Rights Impact Assessments. Assaye Risk is privileged to have him as their Senior Advisor.

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