Peter Wood is the director of safety and security at Open Briefing. Pete was previously the head of global security for Oxfam, where he led a renewed focus on duty of care and managed the organisation’s response to several crisis incidents. He held various other senior security roles over eight years at Oxfam. Prior to that, he was the deputy area coordinator for northern Jordan for the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ActEd) and the deputy country director for DR Congo for Medair. Before moving into the humanitarian sector, Pete served eight years as an officer in the British Army, including three operational tours. He lives in Kenya.
Camille Gallie is the director of wellbeing and resilience at Open Briefing. Camille is an executive coach, trainer and NLP practitioner. Based in Senegal, she has been supporting the wellbeing of regional and field office staff in West Africa for the last two years. Prior to that, she spent seven years in the humanitarian sector with Save the Children UK, GOAL, and World Vision, including four years in advocacy and programme management roles in Haiti. Camille is a certified executive and life coach and an accredited Workplace Resilience and Wellbeing (Wraw) practitioner and holds a degree in history and a master’s degree in European studies.
Rosa Levin is the finance director at Open Briefing. Rosa was previously the managing director of an iconic and eco-conscious furniture and lighting company in Cornwall, which she transformed from a small owner-run enterprise to a successful business employing 35 people. From 2010 to 2016, she held various finance roles within an international fluid technology group, including financial accountant and a secondment as an international management accountant and an acting financial controller. Before entering business, she worked as an English teacher in Japan for two years. Rosa is a chartered management accountant and holds a degree in history from the University of Warwick.
Chris Abbott is the founder and CEO of Open Briefing.
Chris has spent his career protecting others. In the late 1990s, he worked with environmental defenders and indigenous communities in Ecuador and the Philippines, supporting their struggle against multinational oil and mining companies. He then spent a decade working at the policy level to protect civilians in conflict during the ‘war on terror’ and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. During that time, he was the deputy director of the renowned Oxford Research Group and an honorary research fellow in the Centre for Governance and International Affairs at the University of Bristol and in the School of Social and International Studies at the University of Bradford. Since then, he has written two books and more than 50 articles on security and politics.
At Open Briefing, Chris provides strategic leadership and organisational development, leads our funder advocacy work, and develops our safety and resilience resources, including as lead author of the Holistic Security Protocol for Human Rights Defenders and co-creator of Frontline Policies. He is also a collaborator in the Civc Ecosystems Initiative.
Chris holds a Level 7 Certificate in Security Management, a master’s in social anthropology, and a degree in psychology.