ILS was founded by George and Rebecca in 2010. The aim was to deliver quality security consultancy services to International Organisations, using the wealth of knowledge and experience they’d gained from working with NGOs in post-conflict environments and other complex settings.
Since then, the team has grown significantly and we are extremely proud to employ such a unique team of professionals.
Co-Founder & Managing Director
George has led the development of ILS from its inception in 2010. He maintains oversight of all ILS’ service delivery and business development, with a specific focus on our Global Learning Programme. George has worked in aid and development since 2003, in both strategic and operational roles, in the UK and in various complex and post conflict settings around the world.
Co-Founder & Director
Rebecca has led the strategic development of ILS since our inception. Today she oversees various functions of the business including strategic development and growth, financial management and sector engagement. She has a varied background including working in international development programmes in countries including Kenya, Ethiopia, India, Egypt and Pakistan.
Director: Risk Advisory Services
Daniel is the ILS senior management team member responsible for the delivery of our Risk Advisory Services. He oversees our Quality Assurance Programme and ensures that our methodology consistently meets best practice standards.
Prior to joining ILS, Daniel worked for Save the Children and Oxfam in security and operational support roles, bringing with him a working knowledge and experience of Middle Eastern, African and Asian contexts.
Senior Risk Advisor
Joe delivers risk advisory projects to our clients in the UK and in the field. Prior to joining ILS, he worked for 7 years in the humanitarian mine action sector including 4 years with the HALO trust in Southern Africa, South Asia and the Middle East and as an independent consultant for UNDP and Danish Refugee Council/Danish De-mining Group among others.
Senior Risk Advisor
Matt is an experienced disaster and crisis management specialist with experience of working in both the private and humanitarian sectors in complex or fragile environments. Prior to joining ILS, Matt was most recently employed as a security specialist with International SOS and Control Risks delivering a range of travel risk management solutions to various high-profile clients across the world. Previously, he was part of the team at UN OCHA who managed the initial deployment and repatriation of disaster assessment and coordination teams to West Africa during the 2014-2016 Ebola crisis.
Senior Risk Advisor
Dan delivers risk advisory projects to our clients in the UK and the field. Prior to joining ILS, Dan worked as a Global Security Officer for Voluntary Service Overseas, and has extensive experience from his time in the British Armed Forces and maritime security.
Leandro oversees the development and delivery of ILS global training programme. He joins ILS following a period of time working in academia and as an L&D consultant within the Human Rights, Democracy and Election Observation space. Prior to that he spent 8 years as an Election Monitor in a range of complex environments. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish and has worked in 18 different countries over the past 10 years.
Training and Risk Advisor
A dynamic and mature multilingual professional, with extensive experiences in hostile and remote environments, Dave is highly adaptable and flexible member of the ILS team, with a strong background in security, medical & risk assessments, training and crisis management.
Prior to joining ILS, Dave worked extensively across Africa, Europe and the Middle East in the Humanitarian and Private Security sectors. Most recently, he has worked with Team Rubicon UK assisting with all areas of disaster response and relief internationally and domestically, including training in first aid and travel safety.
Heather is an associate consultant who was formerly the Director of Risk Advisory Services at ILS. Prior to joining ILS Heather spent 20 years as Humanitarian Security Advisor for Oxfam where she established a strategic, global, approach to security risk management for the organisation. She was also instrumental in the development of the European Interagency Security Forum (EISF).
Michael leads on our Security Awareness & First Aid Training Courses in the USA. He is a recognized leader in international safety and security risk management having begun his professional career in 1995. He is a highly respected global thought leader and strategist in the development and professionalization of international NGO safety and security risk management. Michael is the Chair of the International NGO Safety and Security Association (INSSA) and previously held senior security positions at Save the Children and the Peace Corps.
Vix delivers Security Awareness and Travel Safety training for ILS both in the UK and overseas. She has significant experience in risk management and security in the international development sector, with expertise in threat analysis, project management, sexual violence in conflict and gender issues in security and defence. Having previously had a 10-year career in the RAF as an intelligence officer, Vix has wide country experience including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Syria.
Daniel is a security industry professional with more than 20 years of experience working in support of civilian missions and NGOs in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas in a variety of complex and hostile contexts. Specialising in risk analysis and security training, Daniel regularly contributes to ILS trainings overseas in French and English.
Helen looks after our finance function. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2008 with SayerVincent, she then worked at BDO LLP with a focus on NFP, before moving into the commercial sector. She joins us after a contract at a national charity and brings with her a wealth of systems and compliance experience as we continue to grow.
Rachel is responsible for the administration, logistics and coordination of our global training programme. She has enjoyed a career in administration and holds a degree in Zoology and Ecology.
Ruairi is responsible for supporting the administration of the business from office admin to supporting the training and risk advisory teams. Prior to joining ILS he worked for the Fonthill Foundation as warehouse and donations manager.