GUY BATCHELOR

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Guy Batchelor is the managing director of Minerva Elite Performance Ltd that he founded in 2014. The business is designed to enhance client’s competitive advantage and profitability through development of its personnel, structures and strategies. Prior to this Guy had a distinguished 26-year career in the British Army serving all over the world and is accustomed to operating in high-pressure environments and extreme locations. 

Guy’s vast and unique military experience differentiates him from other providers in the field and in unison with his London Olympic 2012 legacy experience he is well placed to bring a new and fascinating viewpoint to business decision making. Guy is comfortable working at all levels from the CEO and the board to the shop floor providing advice, insight and top quality training. 

Guy’s passion is effective leadership, team building and developing strategies for decision-making under pressure or in crisis. He is a Masters graduate from Northampton University Business School with a Distinction on the MBA programme. Guy also has several other business and project management related qualifications.

 

Dr PD Mils Hills

HEAD OF KNOWLEDGE

With an MA (Hons) and PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews, Mils was the first anthropologist to be employed by the UK Ministry of Defence (1998). Initially recruited to their research and evaluation agency working on Information Warfare, exploitation of open source information, social network and decision-influence analysis - Mils later headed the UK capability in the human factors of Information Operations. Seconded to the Cabinet Office for a number of years, Mils worked on a world-class approach to testing and developing the resilience and agility of people, plans and processes at national strategic, international and other levels. This approach leverages the core elements of information warfare to ensure that decision-makers can access, analyse and act on information, under pressure and with agility, to deliver the best possible outcomes. Mils worked with 10 Downing Street, the Governor of the Bank of England, the Directors-General of defence and security agencies, the COBR facility, the Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative and heads of policy, amongst others. 

 Leaving the civil service to establish a consultancy (2005), Mils was commissioned by Boards and risk managers across the public and private sector to enhance continuity, crisis and risk management functions. Since 2010, Mils has worked in higher education, appointed Associate Professor of Risk, Resilience and Corporate Security at Northampton Business School in 2012. Mils also consults and publishes with a fresh approach to defence and other applications of targeting and defending decision-makers, the enhancement of risk management and assurance of situational awareness.

 

Minerva

ROMAN GODDESS

Minerva (Etruscan: Menrva) was the Roman goddess of wisdom and sponsor of arts, trade, and strategy. She was born with weapons from the godhead of Jupiter. From the 2nd century BC onwards, the Romans equated her with the Greek goddess Athena. She was the virgin goddess of music, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts, and magic. She is often depicted with her sacred creature, an owl usually named as the "owl of Minerva", which symbolizes that she is connected to wisdom.