Commissioned into the Royal Gurkha Rifles, Brian Clesham spent 10 years of his service in South East Asia and the Far East, initially learning the language and culture of Gurkha soldiers while undertaking welfare work in the Himalayas. He was the former Chief of British Army CBRN from 2006 - 2010 and Chief of Staff of the UK’s Defence CBRN Centre during its post 9/11 expansion to incorporate training for the Police, Transport Police, Fire and Ambulance services. He has been responsible for briefing the Chief of Staff of the Army on CBRN matters and custodian for the CBRN deployment instruction for UK Joint Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, while holding the Land Forces portfolio for CBRN policy, doctrine, training and capability development including in the provision of the future generation of respiratory protection for the UK Armed Forces. He was the author and custodian of the Concept of Operations for the UK’s Joint CBRN Regiment on its formation and has supported the UK MoD, US DoD and UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office in senior NATO and OPCW counter-proliferation forums. He has held peacekeeping, law enforcement, counter terrorism and counter insurgency portfolios, primarily within the UN and NATO, while addressing the transformation of the defence and security environment and specifically its impact on countering-CBRN at home and overseas.
Brian has been published in several international defence and security journals, chaired international CounterCBRN conferences and is a graduate of the NATO Defence College.
He is currently a consultant and integrator of Counter-CBRN capability solutions.