Security

Spears 2020

THE WALBROOK

Among the glass pines of the City, the three story Queen Anne-style 1952 town house that is home to the Walbrook is an institution: classically understated in both form and content. A suitably well-stocked bar and the ornate Georgian-style dining… Read More

IAN BREMMER

EURASIA GROUP

A highly influential thinker, fluent in global currents, Eurasia founder Ian Bremmer is always in demand. ‘Every week is packed,’ he says. ‘International politics was always relevant – but it didn’t used to be the primary driver of the global… Read More

ROBIN CLIFFORD

CHARLES LUCAS ASSOCIATES

Founded in 2005, London-based Charles Lucas is a strategic advisory and solutions firm providing discreet and effective support to private and corporate clients. ‘We understand that every client and set of circumstances is different,’ says founding partner Robin Clifford. ‘Each… Read More

NICK DOYLE

KROLL

Kroll’s Nick Doyle has conducted ‘a significant amount of work for financial institutions, and for law firms on behalf of their clients’ in recent times. That may not be surprising given the jaw-dropping nature of Doyle’s experience: he’s worked in… Read More

SIMON GIDDINS

BLACKSTONE CONSULTANCY

A veteran adviser, accustomed to addressing the most complex client needs and security situations, managing director Simon Giddins heads up esteemed security experts Blackstone Consultancy. The firm is involved in ‘challenging and evolving’ risks domestically and internationally, highly private investigations,… Read More

OLIVER GORTON

ALACO

When dealing in investigations rather than security, as Alaco does, it can lead to an interesting client base – as company director Oliver Gorton has previously told Spear’s. ‘Our client base is pretty broad,’ he says, noting that those paying… Read More

NEIL KIRTON

KROLL

Neil Kirton began his career as an investment banker, and now he’s a managing director of Kroll’s investigations and disputes department. It’s not quite ‘hunter’ to ‘hunted’, but it’s close. Kirton admits he can see both sides of the fence… Read More

DARREN MATTHEWS

K2 INTELLIGENCE

Darren Matthews joined the K2 Intelligence team from rival Nexus Risk Management in 2010 – and he hasn’t looked back since. So what attracted him to K2? As he tells Spear’s: ‘The philosophy of the company in providing quality work,… Read More

MIKE O’NEILL

OPTIMAL RISK

Mike O’Neill doesn’t like to refer to Reading-based Optimal Risk as a security firm, but a ‘risk management’ company, that helps clients looking for ‘discreet advice’ and support mitigating the risks of their lifestyle. Within the usual security offering there… Read More

ANTHONY TESAR

LE BECK INTERNATIONAL

The former bomb disposal officer and Iraq UN weapons inspector, now CEO and founder of Le Beck, believes the key to security is an education on the realities of threats and risks, and the illusion of control: ‘[Clients’] vulnerability isn’t… Read More