Damian Walker QGM
Damian Walker QGM is the co-founder and commercial director of Impactii Solutions. Damian served in the British Army as a Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal Officer, and attained the rank of Captain. Damian's military bomb disposal activities took place in Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland and mainland UK. In 2001 Damian was awarded the Queens Gallantry Medal for his work.
Since leaving the military, Damian has run landmine and UXO clearance projects in; South Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Mozambique.
Damian holds a BEng (Civil Engineering), is IMAS IV qualified, a Prince2 practioner and holds a City and Guilds Level IV in Security and Risk Management.
Damian resides in London and enjoys keeping fit through martial arts, running and a bit of P90X for good measure. In his spare time he's a keen student of 'game theory', and he'll also be attempting his first triathlon in 2015 - wish him luck, as he's a terrible swimmer!
In Jo's own words...........
"I first met Damian as a Operations Assistant in the London office of ArmorGroup Mine Action (AGMA), but I really got to know Damian and Joe when I worked with them later on a project in South Sudan! My path to South Sudan was a civilian one; I graduated in History(MA) from Edinburgh University; spent a year in Canada; before settling in London and pursuing a career with AGMA. I worked at AGMA for five years, specialising in Mine Action procurement, logistics, mobilisations and administrative processes, before seizing the opportunity to work in the field. I mobilised to South Sudan in June 2009 as Logistics and Procurement Officer, supporting an integrated demining project. I lived in a shipping container in Juba for two years in total, finally leaving the project as Support Manager in 2011. After two years it was time for me to come home and build my nest, and I now live in Northern Ireland with my husband and son, Conrad."
Joanna has joined the Impactii Solutions team as the HQ support manager.
Southern Sudan 2007
Selfie taken in a minefield in Maridi -Southern Sudan in 2007. Note the length of the grass which makes it difficult to deploy heavy machinery, with just a ground recce, due to the unknown terrain. Thank you Google Earth pro!