Neil Brown joined CQS in 2016 to establish a new role informing trading and investment strategy in a period dominated by the emergence of populism and the return of great power politics. Neil leverages an extensive global network developed over seven years at CQS, and before that a full career in the Royal Navy. His Naval career included operational deployments in three air defence destroyers and logistics command of a Carrier Task Group; legal roles as a Court Room Advocate and Judge, and as senior UK military lawyer for the 2003 invasion of Iraq and UK global military operations in 2004. He later led the Navy’s Legal Services and the Naval Staff. His last role was in the Cabinet Office, developing a British national strategy for engagement with Gulf Cooperation Council States. Neil graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in Law, was commissioned into the Royal Navy at the Britannia Royal Naval College, called to the Bar at the Middle Temple, and was a Visiting Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford University.