Our Crisis Practitioners
Mettle Crisis Practitioners are selected for their backgrounds in professional response agencies combined with commercial acumen.
Ben Pronk, DSC - Managing Partner
Ben is a specialist in risk, resilience and process improvement. His first career spanned 24 years in the Australian Army, with the majority of that time spent in the Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment. In this capacity, Ben served on multiple operational deployments and was decorated for leadership in action. He concluded his service as Commanding Officer of the SAS. Ben is a highly regarded thought leader and sought-after public speaker, particularly on the reduction of risk and on leadership in high-pressure situations. He is an Executive-in-Residence at the Australian Graduate School of Management, a Board member for VGI Partners and a patron of the Military Arts Program Australia. Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master in Defence Studies (with Distinction) from Kings College, London and a Master of Business Administration (with Distinction) from the University of Western Australia. He is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course and, alongside Tim, Alongside Tim, co-hosts the Unforgiving60 podcast.
Tim Curtis - Senior Partner
Tim is a strategist, negotiator and adaptive business leader with more than 20 years of management experience. He is a highly-regarded thought leader, particularly on the reduction of operational risk and the management of critical incidents. Tim’s first career was in the Australian Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment, where his experience included designing and implementing the counter-terrorist response arrangements for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Tim was the United Nations lead elections planner for the 2005 Afghanistan Parliamentary Elections. Between 2006-14 he was based in Dubai as a Managing Director of global companies providing integrated medical, security, logistics, aviation and consulting services. Tim also continues to personally advise clients through some of the highest profile corporate crises globally. Tim holds a Master of Business Administration and numerous undergraduate qualifications. He is the independent Risk Advisor to a multi-donor peace fund and an Advisory Board Member for Starlight Children’s Foundation in Western Australia. Alongside Ben, Tim also co-hosts the Unforgiving60 podcast.
Jim Truscott, OAM - Practice Manager
Jim has been a Crisis Practitioner and Continuity Planner for his entire career, initially in government special operations, where he was intimately involved in coordinating strategic responses to regional and global crises and now as a consultant. During his 40 years in strategic and operational environments, he has had a central leadership role within multi-disciplinary teams over a diverse range of high-risk enterprises and emergencies. He writes business contingency plans to deal with an array of issues, threats and risks, and he trains executives and Management Teams in the art of crisis leadership. His experience in planning strategy in situation rooms and concurrently managing emergencies in operations rooms allows him to conduct challenging exercises for corporations and businesses across all sectors. He has consulted in 41 countries across multiple sectors including banking, insurance, broking, government, manufacturing, mining, rail, aviation, maritime, energy, water, power, construction, oil & gas, fast moving consumer goods, not for profit, hotel and entertainment.