James Budd

Position: Head of Field Operations
Location: Central London

About James Budd

James Budd is a highly experienced operations and investigations professional with a unique background in both the British military and the private sector. As Head of Field Operations at Conflict International, he leverages his surveillance, security, and operational expertise to deliver complex investigative solutions for clients in the UK and internationally.

Professional Background

James joined Conflict International in 2009 after serving over a decade in the British military. His extensive experience includes operational tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, where he developed his skills as a senior surveillance officer. As a senior surveillance officer, James mastered the art of gathering intelligence, conducting covert operations, and managing teams under high-pressure situations, skills that directly translate to his responsibilities at Conflict International. His military background instilled in him a keen understanding of operational logistics, effective communication, and the importance of meticulous planning. All of which are fundamental in orchestrating complex field operations and delivering comprehensive investigative solutions for clients.

Project Highlights

  • Tracked a family of investment fraudsters across multiple countries, conducting expert surveillance to identify the individuals and family members involved in the crime. This led to asset freezes and passport seizures, preventing further evasion.
  • Conducted covert surveillance in a high-net-worth international matrimonial case. Swiftly tracking the subject from London to an international destination, he gathered extensive photo and video evidence over three days, providing crucial support for later divorce proceedings.


  • Surveillance
  • Counter-Surveillance
  • TSCM
  • Private & Corporate Investigations
  • Security Audits
  • Project Management

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

  • Member, Association of British Investigators
  • IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators
  • PSA Licence Holder- Ireland
Conflict International Team Member
Contact Information
+44 (0)20 7917 2939