Assaye Risk’s Founding Directors bring a blend of public and private sector talent and experience, spanning several industries.

James Hopkinson OBE

A highly experienced complex environment risk management advisor. Following a career in the British military culminating at the Ministry of Defence’s Operations Directorate, James joined Blue Hackle, an international risk management provider, later becoming its Chief Operating Officer.

James has a wealth of operational security experience in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.

Hugh Allen MBE

Assaye’s operational lead with more than 35 years of experience managing risk for private clients, corporate entities, governments and non-governmental organisations.

Following a long military career with the UK Special Forces Hugh has worked on projects across the world that include fraud investigations in China, the Oil for Food Investigation Programme in Iraq, and managing mine sites in Sierra Leone.

Arabella Wickham

An innovative strategist and analyst with broad, cross-sector experience spanning a number of industries, including security, food and the media.

Arabella was previously the New Business lead at Blue Hackle where she led and managed commercial bids and designed operational strategy for extractive companies in high risk environments.