Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of Risk Intelligence was launched in London 11 June 2013 after two years preparation.

Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent, Chairman

After gaining an honours degree in mathematics at Cambridge, Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent served in the Royal Navy for 37 years, concluding his career as Commander-in-Chief. He commanded the conventional submarine HMS Olympus, the nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror, the frigate HMS Brilliant and the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible. He was the RN’s Task Group Commander at the time of 9/11 and many operations in the Middle East. He was a member of the Admiralty Board for 7 years, as Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff, Second Sea Lord and finally C-inC. Since leaving the RN, he has developed his own business, Orchard Leadership, providing strategic advice in areas of maritime security, leadership, technology, corporate finance, reputation strategy and education. He was awarded a CBE for inspirational leadership during operations conducted by HMS Invincible in 1999 and knighted in 2004. 

Vice Admiral Kevin J. Cosgriff (Rtd)

After graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. Vice Admiral Cosgriff began active duty with the Navy. He was among the first student to receive a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, on which Board of Visitors he now serves. He was the Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia. Before that he served as Director for Warfare Analysis and Integration for the Chief of Naval Operations, and was the Director, Office of Program Appraisal for the Secretary of the Navy. During the Clinton Administration, he was the Director, White House Situation Room and Director of Systems and Technical Planning for the National Security Council. Before retiring then-Vice Admiral Cosgriff was Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command where he oversaw all naval combat, combat support, and maritime security operations throughout the Middle East and Southwest Asia area, including Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. He simultaneously commanded the U.S. Fifth Fleet and the Combined Maritime Forces, the latter comprised of ships and aircraft from over twenty contributing nations. He also serves on the Boards of the Stimson Center, a Washington DC think tank and the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington. He is an alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Program. Most recently he was Senior Vice President for International Business and Government at Textron Systems, a division of Textron Incorporated.

Rear-Admiral Pieter C. Kok (Rtd)

Rear-Admiral Kok joined the Navy at age 17 and got his officers commission 3 years later in 1967, upon completion of the Naval Academy. Specialized in communications and electronic warfare, he served as seaman-, communications- and operations-officer on board numeral ships, as Staff-Communications officer of the Netherlands Surface Fleet and as commanding officer of two frigates. At the beginning of the Gulf War he became CO of all Netherlands armed forces involved in the war and after the successful completion of the Gulf War he returned with his taskforce to the Netherlands and was appointed Director of Naval Intelligence and Security. In 1993 he was promoted to flag rank and served until 2001 successively as Director of the Joint Military Intelligence and Security Service, Commanding Officer of the Dutch surface fleet and Defence Attaché for the Netherlands in Washington DC, USA.

Admiral Kok retired as prescribed by law at the age of 55 ultimo 2001. Presently Pieter Kok is a member of the Security Committee of the Royal association of Dutch Shipowners and employed by two leading Dutch Offshore companies as their security advisor in anti piracy matters. 

Rear-Admiral Torben Orting Jorgensen (Rtd)

Torben grew up in Copenhagen and joined the Royal Danish Navy as Midshipman in 1978. Torben graduated from the Naval Academy in 1983 and spent the following years servings as junior officer onboard Patrol Frigates and cutters patrolling the Danish territorial seas around Faroe Islands and Greenland. From 1989 to 1990 Torben served as OPSO in Danish Frigates before joining Commander Standing Naval Force Atlantic Staff as Staff Operations Officer. Having completed German Joint Staff Course in Hamburg, Torben served in the Danish Ministry of Defense until 1997 where he returned to sea duty as executive officer of HDMS OLFERT FISCHER. In 1999 he took command of HDMS PETER TORDENSKIOLD and enjoyed taking the vessel on two STANAVFORLANT Deployments. Torben was promoted to Commodore and in 2006 deployed as Deputy Commanding General for Coalition Military Assistance Training Team Iraq. This deployment was followed by assignment as Director of Management, Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. In 2007 Torben was promoted Rear Admiral and assigned as Assistant Chief of Staff Capabilities, Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Norfolk, Virginia. Back in Denmark in 2009 Torben resigned from active duty in the Navy and took op the position General Manger in Maersk Broker. Torben finally retired from the Navy August 2012 and is now heading Maersk Broker Specialised Tonnage Team. 

Captain David Cotterell

Captain Cotterell was educated at Birkenhead School and the University of Wales in Cardiff. A former Ship Master with experience in the operation of Crude, Product, LNG, LPG, Chemical and Bulk Carriers, his 38 year career with Shell has included tanker operations in London and maritime roles in both upstream and downstream businesses worldwide. Captain Cotterell was the General Manager Maritime Standards (Governance) within the shipping leadership team of Shell International Trading and Shipping Company limited with responsibility for Independent Assurance of Maritime Assets and Interfaces, Tanker Vetting, HSSE and the establishment of a marine skill-pool, including the development of Shell Group standards governing maritime operations across the Royal Dutch Shell Group. In 2010 Captain Cotterell became the Executive Director of Oil Companies International Marine Forum. OCIMF represents a broad membership of national and international oil and energy companies on matters of Maritime Safety, and Marine Environmental Responsibility. He leads a Secretariat promoting improvements in the safety of the international tanker trade and the protection of the marine environment working with governments, industry and in the framework of the International Maritime Organisation, a specialised agency of the United Nations. More recently the traditional safety role of OCIMF has extended to include Maritime and Energy Security working closely with governments, military forces and broader industry. 

Captain Thomas A. Weik, (Rtd)

Captain (N) Weik holds a Masters degree in Management from Webster University, St. Louis; Bachelors degree in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and a Diploma in Ship Management from the National Sea Training Centre, U.K. Thomas A. Weik has served for over 40 years in various maritime operational intelligence, security and safety direct support positions spanning two careers, first as a naval intelligence officer, followed by service as a principal surveyor with a leading classification society. Most recently and beginning in 1995 as a member of the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Maritime Management Systems group at DNV's head office in Oslo, Norway, and as a qualified Safety (ISM) and Security (ISPS) Management auditor, Captain Weik specialised in advising and assisting over 300 ship and company auditor and field manager colleagues worldwide. Prior to joining DNV, and before retiring from active naval service, Captain Weik served with various U.S. national/NATO theatre, flag-level, shipboard, and squadron staffs ashore and afloat (embarked in eight aircraft carriers and with land-based long-range anti-submarine patrol, reconnaissance and surveillance, and air defence/F-15 and AWACS units) in the Pacific; Atlantic; Mediterranean; Indian Ocean; Europe (UK, Italy, Germany, Iceland) and U.S. (West and East Coasts) in peacetime and combat with both naval-only and joint service forces (Navy-Air Force-Army).