Gordon Hughes is the Senior Associate Security Sector Reform (SSR) Adviser (Security) with ISSAT. Previously, in 2009, he was the Chief Adviser and Deputy Head of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN). In 2008 he undertook a 6 month assignment as the UN's Senior SSR Adviser drawing up a "road map" to guide the UN's emerging approach to security sector development. This UN assignment involved field assessments in the DR Congo, Burundi and East Timor. Since 2006 Gordon has been involved with the Centre for Security Sector Management (CSSM) at Cranfield University, UK, where he is currently a senior associate.
Gordon is a former UK Army brigadier with extensive experience from Africa, including working as a UK Regional Conflict Adviser. His military appointments included Commander British Forces (including the International Military Advisory and Training Team (IMATT)) in Sierra Leone, and Commander BMATT South Africa, where he led initiatives within the security sector on integration and training. He has commanded troops up to brigade level and served on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Sierra Leone.
Specialist knowledge: strategic planning; conflict prevention; security sector development; post-conflict reconstruction; and training.
SSR experience: Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Burundi, DR Congo, Timor-Leste, Uganda and Nepal.
Gordon is a Graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. He is a member of the Cranfield University International Advisory Board for the MSc in Security Sector Management, and the International Working Group on National Security.