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Magdalene College Cambridge

Colonel Hamish de Bretton-Gordon

Colonel Hamish de Bretton-Gordon OBE is a Visiting Fellow at Magdalene College.

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon is a world-leading expert in Chemical and Biological weapons. He is also a director of the NGO ‘Doctors Under Fire’ and an advisor to the Syrian Medical charity UOSSM. Hamish is a commissioned reserve officer in the Army’s Staff Corp as senior advisor & mentor to the MOD on CBRN.

Hamish served 23 years in the British Army including service as Commanding Officer of the UK CBRN Regiment and NATO's Rapid Reaction CBRN Battalion. His operational deployments included the 1st Gulf War, Cyprus, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan and has been in Syria & Iraq frequently in the last 10 years. This considerable experience in the field places Hamish as one of the world’s leading and most current experts in chemical and biological counter terrorism and warfare.

Hamish has worked in Syria during the current conflict setting up the CBRN Task Force and advising medical charities, the White Helmets and the Idlib Health Directorate on treating the victims of chemical weapons attacks and collation of evidence. He advised the Peshmerga 2015-17 on CBRN matters and trained them on several occasions to counter the ISIL chemical attacks in N Iraq.

Today Hamish gives advice to UK and US Government agencies and is a senior MOD advisor on CBRN and Syria, and is frequently seen on global news channels providing expert commentary, and writes in UK, Middle East and US news journals and newspapers. He is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Magdalene College Cambridge in 20/22 and his memoir Chemical Warrior was published September 2020.