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.
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.
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.
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.
Research and Quality Officer
Alice holds an LLM in International Law and Global Justice. Her studies in Humanitarian law saw her research the standing of state and non-state actors in conflict scenarios, women in peacekeeping, and the legality of the 2003 occupation of Iraq. Other areas of focus include Migration Policy and Refugee Law, Human Rights as instruments of power, and the global consequences of medical patents. Alice also has experience of legal research for criminal justice organisations, both in the UK and USA.
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.
Steve delivers the SAFA course in the UK. He came to ILS having enjoyed a distinguished career as a High Risk Advisor for the BBC World Service, ITN News, various Humanitarian Agencies in East Africa and as a Security Advisor for Médecins Sans Frontières.
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.
A highly qualified and personable program risk management instructor with extensive experience of delivering learning programmes to national staff in complex and dynamic environments, Alison is a trainer on both the TSS and SAFA Learning Programmes.
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.
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).
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.
Marketing and Operations Officer
Ruairi is responsible for supporting the administration of the business from office admin, marketing and contracting to supporting the training and risk advisory teams with operations, design and training support. Prior to joining ILS he worked for the Fonthill Foundation as warehouse and donations manager.