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
Heather is a member of the senior management team of ILS responsible for the delivery of our Risk Advisory Service programme. She delivers our Quality Assurance Programme and ensures that the methodology we use meets best practise standards. 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 organsiation. She was also instrumental in the development of the European Interagency Security Forum (EISF).
Strategic Risk Advisor
Tom delivers risk advisory projects to our clients in the UK and in the field. He has a special interest in Risk Management Methodology, and works closely with our Academic clients. He also delivers a number of ILS’ training programmes. Tom joined ILS from the Red Cross Movement where he worked in the UK and Africa.
Senior Security Advisor
Christopher delivers specific security risk advisory projects to one of our major clients. A versatile, experienced security and safety practitioner, he combines planning, analytical & organisational skills from previous work at the Health & Safety Executive as a regulatory inspector, the BBC as a High Risk Security Manager and a 25 year Military intelligence & Security career.
Senior Training Advisor
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paul Davies is a Security Risk Management Advisor with more than 15 years experience in INGO operations in high-risk locations. He has extensive experience in conflict zones including Afghanistan, Iraq, NE Syria, Sri Lanka and South Sudan. He has been involved in international aid work since 1989, working in a variety of sectors including refugee return and reintegration, mine action, operations management, programme level evaluations, communications and governance.
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.