Herbert Atwell was a business executive and a member of the National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR) and served as its Chairman. During NAR's tenure, he served as Minister of National Security from 1986 - 1989. Atwell was the Minister of Energy at the time of the 1990 attempted coup, but as a result of his experience as Minister in charge of the Security services, Atwell was deeply involved in the efforts to bring a resolution to the attempted coup and to secure the safe release of the hostages. He currently holds the position of Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Prime Minister, Whitehall.