Advisory Council Profile

Lord Harris Of Haringey / CSARN Advisory Council Chairman Lord Harris Of Haringey / CSARN Advisory Council Chairman

Lord Toby Harris has been Chair of the National Trading Standards Board, which is responsible for delivering national and cross-boundary consumer protection enforcement activity, since May 2013. Since 2009, he has been the Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody that reports to the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Department of Health and, at the request of the Minister for Prisons, is leading an Independent Review on the Deaths of Young People in Prison Custody that is due to report by Spring 2015.

He was made a Life Peer in June 1998 and is Chair of the Labour Peers. In 2013, he chaired the House of Lords Committee on the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy and has been a member of the Joint Committee on National Security since 2010. He was also a member of the House of Lords Select Committee that reported on Personal Internet Security in 2007. He is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Policing and Treasurer of the Parliamentary Internet and Communications Technology Forum (PICTFOR).

He was born in 1953 and graduated from Cambridge University in 1975, having studied Natural Sciences and Economics and where he was President of the Cambridge Union. His professional career began with four years in the Economics Division of the Bank of England. He then spent seven years at the Electricity Consumers' Council, becoming Deputy Director in 1983. In 1987, he became Director of the Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales (the national statutory body representing patients' interests). He remained there until October 1998, when he established his own public affairs consultancy, Toby Harris Associates, which advises a number of major public and private sector bodies.

He was a member of the London Assembly from May 2000 to June 2004, on which he led the Labour Group and he was the first Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA). He continued to sit on the MPA from 2004 until 2012, as the representative of the Home Secretary with a remit to oversee the national and international functions of the Metropolitan Police - primarily its role in counter-terrorism and security. He also oversaw their risk management and audit, and was the interim chair of the Audit Panel for the Metropolitan Police Service and the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime.

He was a member of Haringey Council from 1978 to 2002 and was its Leader from 1987 to 1999, having previously spent five years as Chair of Social Services. He was Chair of the Association of London Government, representing the 33 local authorities in London, from its formation in 1995 until 2000, having previously chaired the Association of London Authorities.

From 1986 to 1993, he was Chair of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities' Social Services Committee and led for local government in negotiations about the introduction of Community Care and the Children Act. He was also a member of the Executive of the Local Government Association for a number of years and a Vice President. He was also a member of the Executive of the Association of Police Authorities from 2000 to 2006 and was a Vice President from 2006 until 2012.

He was the first Chair of the Institute of Commissioning Professionals, has been a non-executive director of the London Ambulance Service, a Senior Associate of the Kings Fund, and a member of the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants. He is a former member of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union.

Dr Aarti Anhal Dr Aarti Anhal Gooden /
UK Chief Operating Officer
4C Strategies

Dr Aarti Anhal Gooden is UK Chief Operating Officer at 4C Strategies, where – in addition to managing the operational UK business - she oversees business development, strategic partnerships and the development of new solutions to deliver readiness to clients by building, verifying and tracking their risk and crisis management capability. She joined the company from Crisis Solutions, where, as part of her role as Director of Future Operations, she acted as Senior Consultant on projects ranging from the development of a risk management programme for one of the UK's largest broadcasters to facilitation of management teams in numerous crisis simulation exercises and strategic workshops. Prior to this, Aarti managed the Consulting Team at Olive Group, providing risk and crisis management consultancy services to multinationals operating in high-risk environments, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Her academic background originated in the field of international law - she obtained an LLB/Maitrise in English & French Law at King's College London and the Université de Paris I (Sorbonne), followed by an MA in International Peace and Security. She has a PhD in International Studies from the University of Cambridge.

Narinder Nayar Narinder Nayar /
Chairman, Bombay First

Narinder Nayar has been actively and passionately involved with the Mumbai Transformation Programme, which is spearheaded by the Honourable Chief Minister.  As Chairman of Bombay First, Narinder was instrumental in arranging a study together with McKinsey on how Mumbai could be transformed into a world-class City over the next ten years.

Following this study, several initiatives have been taken by the Maharashtra Government including constituting a Citizens’ Action Group of which Narinder Nayar is the Vice Chairman.  In addition, he is also an active member of the Empowered Committee headed by the Chief Secretary to monitor various ongoing projects in Mumbai.

He is also President of the Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chairman of the Indo-Portuguese Business Committee and chairs an important CII Committee dealing with metallurgical equipment. He is also Member of the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry. He was a member of the Deutsche Bank Local Advisory Board for eight years.

John Bayliss John Bayliss /
Communications Risk Management

John has spent his entire career working within the Intelligence Services arena. With that in mind, details of his achievements are classified. However, the last 10 years saw John in the IA (Information Assurance) field delivering Threat Briefings to UK Government, Military, Police and The Royal Household. His lectures have been well received by over a ¼ of a million people and he is very much considered to be a ‘Subject Matter Expert’ lecturing alongside such noted luminaries as Lieutenant General Sir John Kiszely KCB MC (Director of the Defence Academy, Shrivenham) and Professor Richard Holmes CBE TD JP (Professor of Security Studies at Cranfield University).

More recently, John has moved into the commercial world delivering Threat Briefings and Security Advice to the likes of VT Group, BP, RWE npower, Ernst&Young, London First, CSARN and AWE while continuing to support the Police, Military, Special Forces and Clarence House.

Richard Bingley

Richard Bingley /
Director / CSARN

Richard Bingley is the co-founder of the global security network organisation for security managers and law enforcement officials:

He has more than a decade and a half of experience in a variety of leading security and communications roles including as a Close Protection Operative at the London 2012 and deployment to Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Richard was a UK Labour Government media liaison officer at the height of war in Iraq (2003-06) and a ministerial ('Key Campaigner') visits co-ordinator in London for the 2010 UK General Election. He is a widely published and broadcasted security and political analyst.

Richard has published two books: 'Terrorism: Just the Facts' (2004) and 'Arms Trade: Just the Facts' (2003). As a Senior Lecturer, Richard is Course Leader for the BA Security Consultancy programme at Buckinghamshire New University, UK, and lecturer on the MSc Organisational Resilience Programme.

Among numerous academic and practical qualifications Richard is a UK (Home-Office, SIA licenced) Close Protection Operative and Post Graduate Certified Teacher in Higher Education. His new publication, 'The Security Consultant's Handbook' is due out in early 2015.

Ian Carter Ian Carter /

Ian Carter is a former Metropolitan Police Commander based at New Scotland Yard. For the last three years of his service he was the Director of Protective Security with responsibility for Aviation Security, the terrorism strand of the Olympic Games 2012 and was Secretary to the Association of Chief Police Officers Terrorism and Allied Matters Committee (ACPO TAM). His command included the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), the Police International Counter Terrorism Unit (PICTU), oversight of the police officers in the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) and the Metropolitan Police Security Coordinators (SecCo). He was also the senior police representative on the PROTECT strand of the Government's Terrorism Strategy, the Steering Group for the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and the Oversight Group for JTAC.

As a Chief Police Officer he strongly influenced numerous national policing strategies and policies and has worked with central Government to design key legislation, most notably in Police Reform, protective security and counter terrorism. He is a highly experienced Gold Commander and presents and lectures on 'Leading in a Crisis' in the UK and abroad. After a 30 year police career he now runs his own security and risk company and works as a senior advisor on policing and national security for Deloitte

Jon Clements Jon Clements /
Crime reporter for ITN News

Jon was taken on by the Daily Mirror ten years ago as a graduate trainee and has enjoyed a varied career as a tabloid newspaper journalist.

He has been a general news reporter, with assignments including undercover investigations of the far right, and a duty news editor, managing coverage of events such as the 2004 Tsunami and the July 7 bombings.

Jon spent 18 months as showbiz editor in charge of the Mirror’s celebrity, television, music, film and Hollywood coverage and supervised the award-winning 3am girls column.

In 2006, he became a foreign correspondent and has reported from Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Israel.
For the last three years, Jon has covered crime, specialising in forensics, terrorism and the policing of rape.

Richard Cooper Richard Cooper /
Catalyst Partners

Richard “Rich” Cooper is a Partner with Catalyst Partners, LLC, (formerly known as Olive, Edwards & Cooper, LLC) a government and public affairs practice in Washington, that focuses on homeland and national security matters. Cooper offers client advice and strategic planning support on matters relating to emergency preparedness and business continuity leadership, public-private partnerships, homeland security policies and programes as well as science and technology development and deployment.

He also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Homeland Security Division of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA); as a member of the American National Standards Institute’s Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP); and as an Advisor to the Reform Institute and New York University’s International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP).

Tom Croall Thomas Croall /
Senior Business Continuity Consultant at Needhams 1834 Limited and Chair of Scottish Continuity

Thomas Senior Business Continuity Consultant at Needhams 1834 Limited and Chair of Scottish Continuity. Thomas has significant amount of experience in business continuity and emergency management in large complex organisations.

Thomas previously worked as London Resilience Team Supervisor for the 2012 Olympics and led the corporate business continuity and crisis management programmes for both Manchester City Council and HSBC Insurance Europe.

He is a UK delegation principle expert at the ISO TC223 Societal Security technical committee and previously chaired the MBCF, the Emergency Planning Society BC Group and is a founding member of the CSARN Advisory Council. Thomas developed the 'Business Continuity for Dummies' concept and brought together the project team that have produced the innovative Government endorsed book. In 2011 when Thomas was highly commended as CIR Public Sector Continuity Manager of the Year.

Thomas is a Member of the Emergency Planning Society (MEPS), an Associate Member of the Business Continuity Institute (AMBCI) and a Specialist Member of the Institute of Risk Management (SIRM).

Steve Cummings Steve Cummings OBE /

Steve Cummings established the UK’s Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) in 2007 and was its first Director until he left the government sector at the end of 2008.

As a senior intelligence and security official, Steve held several key posts and was responsible for the Critical Infrastructure Protection and Personnel Security Programmes under CONTEST, the UK Counter terrorist Strategy.

Since 2009, Steve has worked primarily as a special adviser to Deloitte’s Security and Resilience Practice concentrating on corporate and cyber security and business resilience. He is an Associate Fellow of RUSI and speaks regularly at conferences.

Ruth Duston Ruth Duston /
Victoria Business Improvement District

Ruth began her career in the Civil Service, working on a range of socio-economic projects across East London, working with some of the most deprived communities in the country. Ruth formed part of a specialist task force, set up by Government to tackle the mitigation of the London Docklands Development for the surrounding communities.

Ruth has an exemplary track record of managing and delivering regeneration projects and programmes throughout London and the South-East. Significantly involved with major Government initiatives bringing over 25 years of experience.

Over the last two decades, Ruth has been fundamental in the development and implementation of major high profile urban regeneration schemes in Central London delivered through public, private and community partnerships which includes; Paddington Waterside Development; the development and implementation of the Victoria Business Improvement District; and Kings Cross Central.

Ruth is currently leading the development and implementation of the Cheapside Initiative in the City of London. Her experience has been gained through managing projects in the UK and gaining experience through national and international links for partnership development and delivery of urban regeneration.

Brian Dillon Brian Dillon /
Director, Rubicon Resilience Limited

Brian Dillon leads a London based international consultancy that builds strategic capability in the private and public sector with an emphasis on crisis management, contingency planning, exercising and embedding organisational learning. Before joining the private sector Brian was the UK Commander on the European Counterterrorism Intervention Network and head of New Scotland Yard's Specialist Firearms Command. He led a national counter-terrorism capability and London's armed response service.

Brian has a comprehensive understanding of government level crisis response and recovery procedures; this included the design and delivery of Britain's largest National Counter-Terrorism Exercise, Strong Tower. Earlier in his police career career he specialised in intelligence and anti-corruption; this incorporated the design of systems to prevent misconduct and safeguarding organisations during times of crisis.

As an external marker for the University of Leicester Brian assisted students studying the MSc in Security and Risk Management. He also lectures on risk management for the University of Liverpool's Centre for Critical Incident Psychology and has presented at conferences in the UK, Europe and USA. Brian is a member of the Editorial Advisory Panel for the Crisis Response Journal and has Fellowship with the Chartered Management Institute, Security Institute and the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. .

Paul Hayden Paul Hayden /
Director, Resolve Network

Paul joined the Fire Service in 1978 working in the busy central Birmingham area. He progressed through senor positions at the national Fire Service College in Gloucestershire, Suffolk Fire Service and Norfolk Fire Service, before being appointed as Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive with Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service in 2005.

In addition to his local work, Paul has held a number of key Government and Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) roles. Key appointments included membership of the National Fire Safety Committee, national officer for flooding and environment issues, member of the Environment Agency Strategic Partnership Group, the UK Search and Rescue Strategic Group, and advisor to the Local Government Association on water matters.

Paul has represented the UK as a “civil resilience and flood response expert” on a number of EU projects and exercises and has worked extensively on strategic incident command challenges with colleagues in the EU, and with FRS, FEMA and DHS colleagues in the US.

Since leaving the fire and rescue service in 2010, Paul has worked on a number of safety and resilience projects including a UN sponsored role in Mongolia where he assisted the National Emergency Management Agency in devolvement of operational policies for a range of major disasters. His most recent UN deployment has been to assist the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, where he has designed and implemented a Business Continuity programme across all Government Ministries.

Tom Hough Tom Hough /
Director, CSARN

Tom's early career took him from Securicor (now G4S) monitoring their Cash in Transit vans and marketing private vehicle tracking systems to Carlson Marketing in Sydney, Australia, Globix Corporation in London and the Moorings Yachting Company in the Caribbean.

On return to the UK, Tom co-founded Crisis Response Journal, the international publication, which for five years has been analysing homeland security issues, large scale natural and manmade emergencies and disaster issues from a multi-agency perspective, and distilling them into practical lessons learnt. From this stemmed the National Risk and FloodFighters suite of conferences.

Tom is now a Director at City Security and Resilience Networks.

Wayne Harrop Wayne Harrop /
Director The Centre for Disaster Management
Coventry University

Wayne is a Director at the Centre for Disaster Management, Coventry University, where he leads on global academic and practitioner based CPD partnerships.

He has a diverse background spanning risk, crisis, continuity, emergency planning, incident management, facilities and security management. He is the recipient of three inter/national business continuity awards, and a member of the CIR Hall of Fame.

He holds the position of Vice Chairman of the Emergency Planning Society (Professional Working Group) on Business Continuity Management and is the appointed principle expert for the UK in relation to ISO standards on ‘security assurance’ (TC247) and ‘societal security management’ (TC223), where he is currently working with under Swedish Ambassador Krister Kumlin and NAPSO.

Over the past 10 years Wayne has been privileged to advise 26 governments, central banks, the commonwealth, island communities, inter/national police, fire and ambulance services, churches, voluntary organisations and national museums on the core principles of organisational resilience. He has helped draft “Emergency Preparedness”, the non statutory guidance for the UK Civil Contingencies Act (2004), and was invited to contribute to Sir Michael Pitt’s review team regarding proposed recommendations on UK Critical National Infrastructure following serve summer flooding in 2007.

Wayne was appointed by the UK Cabinet Office to oversee new national guidance on Business Continuity Management for all Category One responders. He is a long serving member of the British Standards Institute BCM/1-Business Continuity Management (BS25999), and RM/1 Risk Management (BS31100) committees. He is a former Close Protection operative with extensive experience of operations in private security operations, where he was involved in urban security design, counter IED, and counter terrorism for key London landmarks.

Ghaffar Hussain Ghaffar Hussain /
Quilliam Foundation

Ghaffar Hussain is Head of Outreach and Training at the Quilliam Foundation and author of A Brief History of Islamism. He holds a BSc (HONS) in Psychology from the University of Wales. Ghaffar previously worked as a Business Development Manager for a number of IT firms and ran his own business venture.

In his youth, he was a very active supporter of a number of non-violent Islamist organizations in the UK. He now works to challenge extremists' ideas and to promote positive modes of political engagement. Ghaffar regularly travels to the UK, North America, and Europe to deliver lectures and organise training sessions for policy makers and practitioners, as well as students and journalists. These sessions focus on raising awareness of Islamist radicalisation as a phenomenon, as well as addressing external contributory factors such as identity, alienation and perceived grievances.

Ghaffar has been quoted in a range of international outlets including: The National, Paris Match, The Guardian, Der Speigel, Kultur Austausch, Islamonline, LBC and the BBC 

Nicole Lipkin Nicole A. Lipkin, PsyD, MBA, MACJ /
Equilibria Coaching and Consultation Services

A prominent business psychologist and leadership coach.  She is the owner of Equilibria Coaching and Consultation Services, a business/organizational solutions company and also Equilibria Psychological and Consultation Services, LLC, a group practice. Based in Philadelphia, USA, Nicole coaches business and public sector desision-makers to prepare for crisis management and staff trauma scenarios.

Ms. Lipkin co-authored “Y in the Workplace: Managing the “Me First” Generation”, released by Career Press in July 2009, and is a regular contributor to the US print and broadcast media community. 

Brett Lovegrove Brett Lovegrove MA FRSA FSyI FICPEM /
Chief executive, CSARN and Former Head of Counter Terrorism
City of London Police

After retiring as the Head of Counter Terrorism for the City of London Police in 2008, Brett is today the Chief Executive of the City Security and Resilience Network (CSARN) and Director of Valentis Bridge Ltd and NHJ Strategic Consulting. His companies address the full spectrum of counter terrorism, business continuity, risk analysis and emergency planning issues featuring both nationally and internationally on defence and organisational solutions. He is the Chairman of the Defence and Security Committee in the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a lecturer at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, a Visiting Professor at the Marshall Centre (US Military), Germany, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; a Fellow of the Security Institute; a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. Brett is also Chairman of the Crime Prevention Committee of the UK's National Business Crime Forum and a Director on it's National Board.

Brett joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1978. Over his 30 years of service, he has been posted to uniformed, academic, strategic and detective duties. He attended Reading University and gained a Masters degree in Criminal Justice and Terrorism. As Head of Counter Terrorism, he also had national responsibility for countering hostile reconnaissance within a successful and continuing public/private partnership called 'Project Griffin'.

He is frequently asked to advise international organisations and governments including the US Congress, the US Department of State, the European Government in The Hague, the sovereign State of Georgia, has worked with the National Counter Terrorism Board in the Netherlands and briefed the Danish and Croatian Parliaments. Brett led the first international delegation into Mumbai after the attacks there in November 2008 and wrote the White Paper for the Indian Government mapping the development of more effective and joined up emergency services, security and resilience response.

Richard Lyall Richard Lyall /
Security, Risk and Operations Consultant, Security Consultancy Services - SCS

Richard Lyall is a security consultant who specialises in Security Operational Management, Emergency Planning and Business Continuity Management projects.

Richard was the Security Advisor to Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG Europe), owners and operators of The O2 in London, during the planning for the London Olympic Games 2012, also acting as the "Safety Officer" during Games time at The O2 (North Greenwich Arena). Following the Games, he led the integration of the LOCOG security Legacy for the Greenwich Peninsula. He was previously employed by AEG Europe as the Facility Services Director at The O2 until 2010; with overall responsibility for all hard and soft support services for The O2 Estate including; Building Services, Health & Safety, Logistics, Customer Support Services, Cleaning and, crucially, the Security Services for this iconic site.

He is a professional security and operations manager whose career to date also included 24 years senior management experience with the UK Post Office Security and Investigation Department, iwith 6 years as the Head of Security for Royal Mail Group working throughout the UK and abroad. More recently, involved in developing security strategy and managing the operational security services for Wembley (London) Limited and a range of security consultancy projects. .

Alastair McAslan OBE Alastair McAslan OBE /
Director, Strathfillan Consultancy & Cranfield University

Alastair McAslan is a former Army officer. He followed a standard military career with tours of duty in Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Kuwait and the Balkans. In 1997 he was coordinator of UK MoD matters relating to humanitarian demining in the period leading up to the signing of the Ottawa Treaty. This led to appointments with the United Nations in New York and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining.

On leaving the Army in 2002, Alastair joined Cranfield University as Director of Cranfield Mine Action and Disaster Management Centre, which subsequently became the Humanitarian Resilience Centre.

In August 2009, Alastair was invited to become the inaugural Director of the Torrens Resilience Institute in Australia. The Institute was established by the Government of South Australia to improve the nation's ability to respond to disruptive challenges which have the potential to overwhelm local disaster management and business continuity capabilities and plans.

Alastair has recently established Strathfillan: a not-for-profit consultancy building community security and resilience. He remains an adviser to the Torrens Institute and is a visiting lecturer to Cranfield University.

Hugh McLeod Hugh McLeod MBE /
Stirling Assynt International Group

Hugh McLeod is a founding member and Director of Stirling Assynt, a leading provider of Country Risk reporting and Business Intelligence. His company Assynt Associates joined the newly-formed group in 2008. This continues the work that Hugh had started in 2003, providing briefing and analysis to large companies and governments.

From 2006-7 Hugh was Head of Security Intelligence in HSBC. Before that, he spent 18 years in HM Diplomatic Service, with postings to Islamabad, Accra, Nicosia - where he served as Political Counsellor - and Kosovo. He worked on all of the issues on which Stirling Assynt provides analysis – the FSU, counter-terrorism, Iran and the politics and security of the Muslim world.

Earlier he served as an infantry officer for 14 years. His final appointment was to the Military Mission to the Soviet Forces in East Germany, where he was awarded the MBE. He read Russian at Nottingham University.

Paul Moxness Paul Moxness /
Vice President, Corporate Safety and Security
The Rezidor Hotel Group

Paul Moxness has been with The Rezidor Hotel Group since 1987. During his career he has held various management positions both in operations and at corporate level and his work has taken him to over 50 countries on 4 continents.

Since 1998 Paul has led development of the safety and security programme and guidelines for Rezidor and its brands across Europe, Middle East and Africa. He developed Rezidor’s TRIC=S* formula to oversee and enhance safety, security and resilience and is also involved in strategic planning and support to hotels operating within the Group on events pertaining to safety and security.

Paul was the first European representative on the ASIS International Hotel, Entertainment and Tourism Council, an original member of the OSAC Hotel Security Working Group. He was also a member of the working group at the trade association HOTREC tasked with developing a charter for fire safety in European hotels launched in late 2009. Paul has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Trondheim Norway and currently resides in Brussels where the Rezidor headquarters are located.

*The TRIC=S formula stands for Threat assessment + Risk evaluation and mitigation + Incident response capability + Crisis preparedness, communication and continuity = Safe, Secure hotels.

David Olive David M Olive /
Catalyst Partners

David has more than 30 years’ experience in business, politics, law and public affairs.  As former chief of staff to US Rep Asa Hutchinson (R-AR3) and a former staffer for US Senator Jim Allen (D-AL) Mr Olive understands that very few things get done in Washington without approaching them in a bi-partisan manner.

Upon leaving Capitol Hill, David oversaw the aviation, antitrust, telecommunications and information technology practice group as senior vice president of the public affairs firm, Powell Tate.

Before coming to Washington, he served as president of Care First Inc, a nursing home management company in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He also directed the legal division of the Donrey Media Group, a multi-state publishing, real estate and advertising firm. Prior to this he practised law as a partner in the Birmingham, Alabama, firm of McMillan & Spratling.  There he had a general civil practice, specialising in news media, risk mitigation, employment law and insurance defense.

He has taught at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Montevallo, and Webster University-Fort Smith.

In 2005, The Hill named David one of the top Homeland Security lobbyists in Washington, DC He established and currently serves as the moderator of The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable and is a frequent contributor to Security Debrief, a homeland security blog.

Chris Phillips Chris Phillips /
MD of International Protect and Prepare Security Office (IPPSO)

A very experienced Police Security Co-ordinator (SECCO). In this role he co-ordinated the Counter Terrorist security for visits to the UK from foreign governments and dignitaries. His specialism however is in the field of strategic Counter terrorism advice and best practice. As Head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office he had three major responsibilities within the United Kingdom.

  • The protection of Crowded Places within the UK and to reduce the vulnerability of British nationals overseas from the terrorist threat to crowded places and soft targets. The role involved providing Counter Terrorist advice to all business involved in crowded places including Hotels, Stadiums, Shopping centres, Visitor attractions and licensed premises.
  • Protecting hazardous sites and dangerous substances. His team worked with the business community to make the terrorist acquisition of weapons more difficult, there-by reducing the likelihood of a successful attack on the UK.
  • Supporting the CPNI to Protect the UK's Critical National Infrastructure.

He was responsible for training, accrediting, tasking and co-ordinating over 250 Counter Terrorism Security Advisers across the UK.

Within this role he developed National Strategies for these work streams and especially for the protection of Crowded Places where NaCTSO are acknowledged as world leaders. Some of the training and awareness programmes he has instigated are known worldwide. For example

  • Project ARGUS
  • Know Your Customer
  • Secure in the Knowledge
  • The WRAP programme
  • Counting the Cost and the
  • Vulnerability Self Assessment Tool (VSAT)

Chris is the founder and Managing Director of the International Protect and Prepare Security Office. He started the company after thirty years as a Police officer. He has extensive policing experience in both Public order and community based policing. This included event commander for major sporting events and concerts at Twickenham Stadium. During his service he has experience of commanding events such as Wimbledon tennis. As a public order commander he led teams at many hundreds of public order and security events across London.

He is one of the few people who can say they are a consultant, speaker and recognised Industry expert and mean it. His speaking typically includes 30 plus keynote speeches a year at major conferences in the UK and abroad. He has written many articles for magazines and is frequently quoted in the newspapers and media. Chris is a fellow of the Security Institute.

Ze've Portner Ze'ev Portner
Gilead Sher and Co Law Offices, Tel Aviv.

Ze'ev works for Attorney Gilead Sher who was Israel's Chief Peace Negotiator at the Camp David David Peace talks and formerly head of Ehud Barak's office when he was Prime Minister.

Ze'ev worked for Louise Ellman MP for ten years in the House of Commons as her Political Adviser and as part of this role he conducted extensive research into terrorist groups operating in the Middle East and extremist groups operating within the UK. He also, when visiting the UK still works for the two of the countries leading security companies and has taken part in major security operations at leading sport stadia and arenas, such as Wembley Stadium, Twickenham , Wembley Arena and Lords cricket ground.

Ze'ev is a visiting lecturer at the University of Greenwich in constitutional and international law, as well as, international and domestic politics. He also guest lectures at the University of Liverpool. In his spare time, Ze'ev enjoys reading history books, jogging and listening to music and above all supporting Watford football club.

Sue Seaby Sue Seaby /
VP Regional Head of Physical Risk UK/EMEA, Aon Service Corporation

Sue is a 30 year+ Corporate Security Professional, who has worked in the fields of Aviation, Finance, and Telecommunications at various levels of management. Sue was actively involved in investigating or managing her teams during the Lockerbie air disaster, 9/11 and 7/7 incidents.

Sue is a trained and qualified Crisis Management Leader, Hostage Negotiator, Change Management Practitioner, Bomb Threat Assessor and Behaviour Profiling Specialist.

Sue's previous roles include (most recent first):

  • Global Group Head of Security for Barclays Bank plc;
  • Regional Head Security Risk Management Europe, Middle East and Africa at UBS bank;
  • Regional Security and Global Protection Manager - Europe, Middle East and Africa for Motorola;

Sue is a Freeman and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals.

Sue was the winner of the end user category in the 2012 inaugural 'Women in Security' Awards and is currently Chair of the Women's Security Society.

Currently the Vice President & Regional Head of Physical Risk for Aon Service Corporation, Sue is one of the most qualified and respected women in the global security industry.

Emma Shaw Emma Shaw /
Managing Director
Esoteric Ltd

Emma is the Managing Director of Esoteric Ltd, a leading electronic sweeping, counter-espionage and intelligence gathering company based in Woking Surrey. The company is accredited by the National Security Inspectorate and provides a solution based approach to countering espionage activity and electronic countermeasures to both commercial and non-commercial organisations throughout Europe, the Middle East and Worldwide.

An MBA graduate, and a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) Emma's early career was spent with the Royal Military Police, followed by a career in the Security Service (MI5). Emma founded Esoteric Ltd in 1998.

Emma is Chairman of the Security Institute; a Board member of the Defence Industry Security Association (DISA); and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Emma was a finalist for the 2012 Lord Imbert Prize and won Security Consultant of Year at the Security Excellence Awards 2012. Emma also featured in the list of recent IFSEC Global top 40 influencers in security. .

Richard Stones Richard Stones OBE /
Head of Retail Loss Prevention
Next PLC

As a former Police Officer Richard was the first serving officer globally to awarded Chartered Security Professional status (CSyP). As the former Staff Officer to the National policing leads for Business Crime Reduction and Private Security Industry Richard worked with the UN, NATO and the EU as a technical advisor for various international collaborative security related projects. He holds an MSc in Security and Risk Management and is a Fellow of the Security Institute, Freeman of the City of London and is the ASIS UK Chapter Police Liaison Officer. He was awarded and OBE for his service to Policing and Business Security in the 2015 Birthday Honours.

His day job sees him Heading the Retail Loss Prevention team for Next PLC. He recently wrote the UK Chapter of the McGraw Hill Homeland Security handbook and in his spare time is a private pilot with an interest in the threat posed by light aviation.

Bharat Thakrar Bharat Thakrar /
Head of the Business Continuity and Resilience Services
BT Global Services

Bharat is Head of the Business Continuity and Resilience Services for BT Global Services and has a remit to develop business resilience solutions for BT customers globally. He has over 14 years experience in designing, implementing and managing end to end security and continuity solutions, risk, security and crisis management solution. Prior to joining BT Bharat worked for Fujitsu/ICL in several roles including systems design, project/programme management, business analysis before moving to a specialist consultancy to head their continuity, security and risk practice.

Since joining BT Global Services Bharat has focused on developing BT's BCM and Resilience Services as well as BC strategy, channel enablement and partner and relationship development. He has led strategic programmes in several industry sectors in Europe, Middle East and Asia. Bharat regularly conducts BC and security training events and has been a visiting lecturer on university masters programmes and is a frequent conference speaker. He has an MBA from Imperial College and is a CLAS consultant, CISSP and CBCP practitioner. Bharat lives in Charvil near Reading in Berkshire and is married with two children.

Andy Williams Nomura

Andy Williams /
Co-Global Head of Security, Nomura

Andy Williams is Co-Global Head of Security for Nomura, with specific responsibility for EMEA and the Americas. Originally a Police Officer in the Metropolitan Police, before later joining the City of London force, an injury on duty brought Andy's career in the Police service to a premature end in 1995. During his service and along with a high proportion of his colleagues, Andy was deployed on Operation Orange and Policing the "Ring of Steel", two high profile Counter Terrorism operations to deter and detect Irish republican terrorist cells operating in the square mile.

In 1995, Andy embarked on career number two as a Security Manager in National Health Service. A demanding role which served as Andy's apprenticeship in Security Management, requiring as it did, wide open public buildings, their patients, staff and visitors, to be kept safe and secure with the limited budgets.

Following a change of government in 1997, and an even greater restriction on budgets, Andy left the healthcare environment and moved into contract security services, firstly as an Operations Manager running a portfolio of manned guarding assignments in the City of London, before eventually becoming a Regional Director, and running a £48m business unit for an international property services group.

When the opportunity to move back into in-house security presented itself early in 2009, Andy didn't hesitate to accept the challenge. As well as recently becoming Vice Chairman of TINYg, Andy is a long standing member of ASIS and serves on the committee of the UK Chapter. He sits on the Validation Board of the Security Institute, and the Finance & General Purposes Committee of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. He has recently been invited to join the Advisory Panel of CSARN and has been a regular speaker at security industry events internationally and is a contributor to security media.

Andy Williams TEMI Group

Andy Williams /
Senior Partner, Temi Group Limited

Andy Williams is based in Istanbul with the global security risk management company Temi Group.

Prior to this he was Head of Security for TDIC – a UAE government entity engaged in master development of new city builds.

This appointment was preceded by 15 years in the hospitality industry, principally with Marriott International- Ritz Carlton as a Regional Director of Loss Prevention within covering Europe Middle East and Africa.

On the vocational front, Andy served as a Regional Vice President for ASIS International; is a member of The Security Institute, The Royal Society for Promotion of Health and a former member of the European Institute of Corporate Security Management. He has also worked in liaison with: NaCTSO - The EU Council and United Nations Intelligence Crime and Justice Research Unit on projects relating to counter terrorism and security in public places.