About ILS

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.


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George Shaw

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.

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Rebecca Maudling

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.

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Heather Hughes

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). 

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Nathanael Jarrett

Strategic Risk Advisor

Nathanael is responsible for the delivery of specific strategic risk advisory projects. Prior to joining ILS, Nat’s career has included time with MSF, Action Against Hunger, Control Risks / i-SOS, the Red Cross movement (British Red Cross and ICRC) in a variety of complex contexts.

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Tom Bendall

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.

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Leandro Nagore

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 Monitoring 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.  

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Dan Boswood

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.

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Sabina Brimson

Senior Risk Advisor: Roving

Sabina delivers risk advisory projects and training for ILS’ clients in the field. She joined ILS from the Danish Refugee Council where she acted as Country Security Manager in South Sudan. Prior to that she worked for Oxfam as a Roving Security Advisor, and a Security Advisor to the British Red Cross. She works extensively with the East Africa and Middle East regions.

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Joe Studley

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.

Prior to this Joe served in the British Army, including active service in Afghanistan in 2009.

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Veronika Polgár

Security Officer

Veronika advises ILS clients on Travel Risk Management and Mitigation. She has a specific focus on Context Assessment and Threat Analysis. She joined ILS in 2017, having completed a Masters at the University of York in Post War Studies, and some time with UNDP in Kosovo.

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Dan Williamson

Senior Consultant

Dan consults with the Risk Advisory Team at ILS. He has delivered a number of our global risk management programmes with a special interest crisis management and campaigner risk. Prior to joining ILS, Dan held senior positions at Marie Stopes International, MSF and Population Services International in Iraq, Darfur, Zimbabwe, Jordan, Kenya and South Sudan.

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Helen Hill

Finance Manager

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.

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Rachel Felton

Operations Co-ordinator

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.

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Ruairí Rowan-O'Connor


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.