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Creating and maintaining a safe and secure environment for citizens and businesses presents a growing challenge, as more diverse, proximate and sophisticated threats emerge from the physical and cyber environment.
Governments, police forces, security agencies and city authorities are under increasing pressure to anticipate, identify and counter these security threats.
Domestic and global terrorism and crime also pose challenges for public and corporate organisations in the protection of citizens, their employees and customers.
All BGS staff have police, military or corporate backgrounds and bring high levels of experience to help our customers identify and deliver the right security solutions. We aim to work with our clients to deter, detect and disrupt unlawful activity and to prevent harm.
We tailor our services to suit the specific requirements of governments, businesses and individuals.
In 2013 BGS was commissioned by a leading UK law practice to conduct an independent investigative review of a case involving corruption allegations linked to a deal between two major European energy companies. The review utilised highly skilled and experienced police major crime and anti-corruption investigators who discovered a series of irregularities in the original investigation.
In 2011 BGS was commissioned to support a review of Europol; the European Police Office — an international police organisation formed to promote and strengthen cooperation among law enforcement agencies in the European Union. Although established since the 1990s, Europol became an entity of the EU in January 2010 as a result of the Europol Council Decision.
In 2010 – 2012 BGS was commissioned to support Cambridge University deliver a major programme of strategic command training to the most senior levels of the Indian Police Service at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad. Over a period of two years 500 officers of Inspector General and Deputy Inspector General rank completed the programme.
The project objectives were to develop a new policing model for a major UK Police Force that was fit for purpose in the current financial and operational climate.
BGS supported the design and implementation of a command, control, communication and information (C3i) programme for the Metropolitan Police Service (London). It involved the complete modernisation of the Met’s command and control infrastructure and was the largest police transformation programme ever undertaken in the UK.
BGS’s remit was to transform Punjab Police’s operational efficiency and to help it work as a more effective, unified operation. We deployed new hardware and up-to-date technology to create more efficient working practices and new operating concepts.
BGS is working with the City of London Police to transform its culture and practices. Through our City Futures Programme we aim to deliver better, faster and smarter policing. We are doing this by liberating ideas, promoting innovation and releasing leadership and talent at every level.
BGS’s specialists are drawn from the police, military and commercial spheres and have played an integral part in orchestrating some of the UK’s most sensitive and challenging security operations. Their experience encompasses central roles in counter terrorism, anti-corruption, international peace keeping, tackling organised crime, counter insurgency, capability building and security planning for major events.
In addition to the leadership team (below), BGS has 200 Associates to draw from, to ensure that we can precisely match our customer requirements.
Meet the team
Lady Birt CB has a distinguished record running large public and private sector enterprises on a national and international scale. As the founding Director General of the UK National Probation Service and, more recently, as Managing Director of Fujitsu UK’s government business, she is well used to overseeing complex operations with billion-pound budgets. Outside her work with BGS, Lady Birt CB is Senior Adviser and NED in a diverse range of businesses and charitable foundations. She was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 2004 for her contributions to public service.
Bob Quick is a highly respected and well-known figure inside and outside of policing in the UK and overseas. A former Chief Constable, he also held one of the UK’s key national security positions as Assistant Commissioner Specialist Operations at New Scotland Yard, London, where he was responsible for coordinating the UK’s counter terror operations. Since leaving the police he has worked extensively with both the government and private sectors internationally, helping to develop policing and security capability and solve security related problems. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2003 for his distinguished service.
Amanat Hussain has a proven track record of delivering large-scale, complex business transformation and security projects in mission critical environments for diverse public and private sector organisations. He has an innovative and insightful approach, is able to absorb complex information and will provide constructive support and pragmatic solutions. He led the largest police transformation programme (C3i) for the UK Metropolitan Police Service. He is currently involved in the design and implementation of a number of ‘Safe City’ projects around the World.
Martin Bridger is an expert in the assessment and building of evidence for delicate, complex cases in jurisdictions across the world. He has worked in over 20 countries, including Kenya, Ethiopia and Pakistan, and has proven record working in highly charged political environments where knowledge of local culture and legal frameworks is crucial. Martin played a significant role in the Northern Ireland peace process – joining the province’s first functioning Independent Police Complaints’ Office as a senior Investigating Officer. He developed a multi-faceted programme for countering religious extremism when he led policing in the London Borough of Lambeth, one of Europe’s most challenging Policing commands. He also brings with him over 30 years experience as an investigating officer in the Metropolitan Police. At the end of his service Martin was awarded the QPM for distinguished services to policing.
A former Royal Marine and detective superintendent at the Metropolitan Police, Paul Greenwood has over 30 years’ experience in counter terrorism, anti-corruption and major criminal investigations. As a senior investigating officer for the UK Counter Terrorism Command he tackled terrorist incidents, led operations and trained teams in hostile territories all over the world. Paul also specialises in creating anti-corruption units for overseas governments. Before joining BGS, Paul was head of corporate and sporting integrity at the international security and investigation company Quest Global.
Marc Briggs is an expert in training and logistics. A former officer in the British army, he served in hostile territories all over the world, including operations in Sierra Leone, Bosnia, Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan. Marc orchestrated the British army’s largest overseas live fire exercise in 2010. This included airport management, training design, logistics, host-nation liaison, contract procurement and the management of a sizeable annual budget. Marc also served as the British Exchange Instructor to Australia’s Royal Military College, where he was responsible for the training and evaluation of officer cadets in planning, procedures, policy and ethics.
Ian Williams has been involved in International Sports Management for many years. As a Performance Sports Director in 2000, he was responsible for the management of the GB equestrian and para-equestrian teams. In 2003 he took up a position at the International Equestrian Federation ( FEI ) based in Switzerland, where he remained for 12 years before retiring in 2014. Now based in Lausanne, he provides BGS with specialised sports services as part of its Security and Integrity Solutions offering.
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