The world's top female bodyguard with over 30 years hostage rescue experience
For over thirty years Jacquie Davis has survived as one of the top operators in a male-dominated profession — the secretive, often dangerous world of being a bodyguard — or to give the profession its proper name, close protection officer.
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What Jacquie Davis's clients say
"Jacquie Davis bought the often-dull subject of Risk Management to life for our team, with a truly engaging presentation that connected her world with ours, and was followed with an in-depth no-holds-barred Q&A session."
"Absolutely fantastic start to this year's #LXAcademy. The audience left feeling inspired and enlightened in to a whole new world they knew very little about. The buzz around the agency following the session was fantastic with people still talking about Jacquie. Would love to get her back to hear even more."
"Jacquie gave a fantastic presentation, our delegate feedback has been phenomenal … “Inspiring”, “motivating”, “uplifting”, “amazing”, “fantastic”. Introducing us to a world that we’ve only seen on screen, in a funny and engaging presentation. Jacquie understood our business and referenced this throughout her presentation making it relevant to our event topic. What’s more, Jacquie was a pleasure to deal with."
"Jacquie gave a guest presentation to our students on risk and crisis management. This was probably the most engaging interactive presentation we have ever had. The moment Jacquie began to talk the students (and I) were silent and enthralled from start to finish. Mesmerising and utterly brilliant."
"Wow what an amazing lady Jacquie is. Her presentation was just mind blowing and we could have listened to her all day. We wanted to thank her for coming along and being part of our Breakthrough Women event yesterday and I hope she enjoyed the event. Please can you pass on our thanks to her."
Jacquie Davis's 2022 biography
About Jacquie Davis
In 2019, Netflix released Close, an action thriller whose main character was inspired by Jacquie’s life story. Hired to protect a rich young mining heiress, bodyguard and counter-terrorism expert Sam (Noomi Rapace) finds herself tangled in a violent kidnapping and deadly conspiracy. When attackers target the heiress she’s protecting, battle-hardened bodyguard Sam scrambles to save her client – and teach her how to fight back.
Jacquie has had so many close scrapes with death while risking everything for her clients, she is genuinely surprised to still be alive. She has been stabbed, thrown through a shop window, shot at several times, including by Kashmiri snipers, and chased through some of the world’s most dangerous countries. She has also freed a young British woman who was being held captive in Pakistan, and rescued men imprisoned by Saddam Hussein’s son, Uday, in Iraq.
After leaving the police force in the 1970s Jacquie worked as a CPO, where her training — which included combat training and a willingness to risk everything for the ‘principal’ — led her into increasingly life-threatening operations, so much so that she became recognised as the world’s top female bodyguard.
Jacquie’s autobiographical book “The Circuit”, first published by Penguin in 1998 and reprinted in 2020, is a fascinating account of one woman’s amazing experiences involving the dangerous job of rescuing children and adults around the world, to the more glittering world of guarding well-known celebrities such as Diana Ross, Liza Minnelli, Gerard Butler, Nicole Kidman, Bradley Cooper, teenage heartthrob Justin Bieber and the Beckhams, to name but a few.
She spent four years as JK Rowling’s personal bodyguard, and is now in demand protecting Middle Eastern royalty. In 2011, Jacquie was hired by tabloid celebrity Katie Price, following intelligence from police that a violent gang targeting premiership soccer stars also had its sights on her. The gang had been going to the homes of footballers and other rich individuals – holding people hostage as they demanded the combinations to their safes.
Once seen as the preserve of royalty and celebrities, close protection officers are now in high demand for an increasing range of clients. The growth in the number of high net worth individuals over the last 25 years has certainly fuelled demand; in recent years, when the size of their bonuses became public, City bankers attracted the wrong kind of attention and many were reported to have employed private protection for themselves and their families. For some, it may be more about a perceived threat than an actual one.
Jacquie has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, both in the UK and USA. A popular guest expert on chat shows, she has also acted as consultant for television and film production companies and appeared in documentaries as well as being a spokesperson on news programmes for crime related incidents. She was also the Crime Editor for HOT GOSSIP Magazine and has written a column for Combat-online.
Jacquie Davis is trained to a high level in counter-surveillance, firearms, restraint tactics, bomb search, defensive driving, hostage awareness and survival. However, her day-to-day client responsibilities are more about conflict management, strategic planning and tactics than the hyped and distorted Hollywood perception of bodyguards diving in front of bullets and high speed car chases.
In fact, Jacquie never looks after anyone unless there is a real and genuine threat to their life or well-being; that’s the difference between having a bodyguard for prestige, as some pop stars do, and for protection.
Jacquie Davis's 2022 talks & topics
Team communication and strategy
Supportive and inspiring leadership
Decision making under extreme pressure
Risk management and mitigation
Creating and empowering cohesive effective teams
Logistical planning, focus and achieving your goals
Crisis planning and damage limitation
Gender equality, the workplace and the proverbial glass ceiling
Jacquie Davis's 2022 speaking fees
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