Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP
Secretary of State for Defence
Ben Wallace was appointed Secretary of State for Defence on 24 July 2019.
Ben first entered politics as a Member of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. Following a move to Lancashire, he was elected to the UK House of Parliament in 2005. His first job in Government was as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Veteran Cabinet Minister the Rt. Hon Ken Clarke QC, as Justice Secretary. He has served as a whip, the Northern Ireland Minister and lastly the UK’s longest serving Security Minister. In 2008, he was awarded ‘Campaigner of the Year’ by The Spectator after leading calls for improved transparency and the reform of parliamentary expenses.
He was elected the Conservative MP for Wyre and Preston North in May 2010, and formerly MP for Lancaster and Wyre in 2005. Ben Wallace was Minister of State for Security at the Home Office from 17 July 2016 to 24 July 2019. He was in position during the terror attacks of 2017 and the Russian State attack in Salisbury in 2018.
Sir Paul Stephenson
Former Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service
After almost 36 years as a police officer, Sir Paul retired from the service in July 2011, having held senior command positions in Merseyside, Lancashire and London. During his tenure as Chief Constable of Lancashire he was the national Chairman of the Association of Chief Police Officers Crime Committee. His time in Lancashire saw the organisation being rated as one of the leading forces in England and Wales and during his period as Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) he presided over real falls in key crimes whilst effecting significant service cost reductions.
As one of the most experienced police leaders in the country and senior UK police officer as the Commissioner of the MPS, he has advised UK governments on issues ranging from counter terrorism to serious organised crime and national police improvements. Sir Paul has served as Trustee for a number of charities, including currently Crimestoppers UK. He now divides his time between a small number of consultancy and executive directorship roles, along with country sports and family pursuits.
Chief Superintendent Nikolas Adams
National Coordinator for Prevent, Counter Terrorism Policing HQ
Chief Superintendent Nik Adams is the National Coordinator for Prevent within Counter Terrorism Policing HQ.
Prior to taking up this role Nik spent two years as the Regional Co-ordinator for Prevent, Protect and Prepare within Counter Terrorism Policing in the North East of England.
Nik has been a police officer for 18 years and has dedicated much of his service to neighbourhood policing. He was the lead for neighbourhood and operational policing in Leeds City Centre and South Leeds before his move into Counter Terrorism policing. He was instrumental in introducing multi-agency neighbourhood hubs into his communities in Leeds to develop more integrated services.
“I believe we will be most effective when we have strong relationships that are underpinned by good communication, a shared understanding of threats and risks, and when we share knowledge, information, skills and resources to develop innovative solutions.”
Ed Butler CBE
DSO Chief Resilience Officer, Pool Reinsurance Company
Ed is Chief Resilience Officer at Pool Re, the Government backed terrorism reinsurance scheme as well a Senior Independent Advisor to the Board of EDF Energy Generation, the operating company for UK’s nuclear industry. He is also a Senior Advisor at S-RM, a Business Intelligence and Risk Consulting company. He has extensive experience spanning some 35 years of international relations, counter terrorism, intelligence, security and risk management much of which was gained during 24 years on front line service with the British Army. He was privileged to command 22 SAS over 9/11 and was Commander of British Forces Afghanistan in 2006, before retiring as a Brigadier General in 2008. He has an Honours degree in Politics and International Relations from Exeter University and an MA in Military Technology and Defence Studies from Cranfield University.
Dr Hugo Rosemont
Director - Security and Resilience Sector, ADS Group
Dr Hugo Rosemont serves as Director - Security and Resilience at the ADS group, the UK trade organisation that promotes the Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries. Alongside this role, he serves as secretary to the UK Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers’ Community (RISC), which is the country’s leading security industry alliance serving as the principal channel of communication between the sector, the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) within the Home Office, and other government departments and agencies on security-related requirements and policy issues. Earlier in his career, Hugo served as Policy Adviser on Crime and Security issues at the British Retail Consortium; Assistant Director of the Centre for Defence Studies at King’s College, London (KCL); and Security Executive to the winning London 2012 Olympic bid team. In 2017, he was appointed Visiting Senior Research Fellow at KCL, having been awarded his PhD in War Studies there in 2015.
Dr Katja Samuel, founding Director, Global Security and Disaster Management Ltd (GSDM)
Dr Katja Samuel is the founding Director of Global Security and Disaster Management Ltd (GSDM). She has 27 years of experience gained through military service, legal practice, business and an academic career. As an international lawyer she specialises in security (especially counter-terrorism), disaster risk management, and resilience planning, notably their growing interconnectedness in the context of novel and emerging technology. GSDM is developing innovative approaches to man-made and technological risk, including through the more dynamic utilisation of legal tools, aimed at preventing and/or mitigating potential impacts attributable to catastrophic disasters, aimed especially at CNI protection. Currently, Katja is engaged by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime on a global counter-terrorism related project, and is collaborating with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction on aspects of technological risk including cyber and hybrid threat related.
Shaun Ryles, Senior Consultant, GSDM
Shaun Ryles is a senior consultant for GSDM. He is also the owner director of Initio Resilience, a boutique organisational resilience consultancy. After decades of operating in the frontline of geopolitics as a military officer, Shaun has spent the last five of those years working in the specific diplomatic environments associated with post-conflict security sector reform and resilience building initiatives. He has extensive first-hand experience in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. As a fluent Spanish speaker, he has spent a year in Mexico where he conducted extensive research in the use of security forces to combat high intensity organised crime. In addition, he has extensive UK resilience experience including counter drone strategy development for critical national infrastructure. He holds master’s degrees in Business Administration, International Relations (Cambridge) and Strategic Management. He is a currently a part-time PhD candidate with the Southampton Business School Centre for Risk Research reading for a PhD in organisational resilience.