With Prime Ministers associates.
An ex-British Army trained, Close Protection Specialist; experienced as Team Medic, Search Team Consultant and accredited Personal Protection Officer.
In addition, Ben has worked adhoc for railway security, in the UK, Zimbabwe and South Africa. In doing so, he saved the life of one lady from certain death. This was done by leaping onto the tracks and lifting her off, prior to the arrival of an express train. She was near unconscious and her neck was on the line, literally!
Security Management qualified and fully aware of modern CP and mission-specific methods. Willing and prepared to react swiftly and courageously when confronted with adversity.
Proven ability to put the ‘client’ first with the skills to assimilate to any given environment.
An individual with the adept ability to perceive danger, observe alternatives and steer away from it. If there is no exit route, he has the qualities to de-escalate and/or solve any given problem. Fantastic knowledge of world history and cultures, therefore bringing with him the ability to deal with people appropriately and professionally in all environments.
Two marine biologist whom were under my care.
His most recent personal protection post was earlier this year. We assigned him to protect and organise two marine biologists visiting South Africa. Whist away from my protective care, they ended up in a perilous situation, it is believed that without my swift response and rescue, they would have perished.
Two marine biologist whom were under my care.
He has successfully completed many live firing exercises including`tin city' as part of anti-terrorist patrol training, as well as rural conventional warfare live firing training. Ben has also trained with use of military and civilian vehicles which included live firing and ambush drills in anti-terrorist role etc.
Throughout 12 years military service thousands of pounds sterling have been spent on such courses.
Team Medics Course: Defibrillation, canalisation, crycothyroidoptomy, tracheotomy and casualty evacuation.
Tracking/Hunting, Counter Terrorist Course,
Military Swimming Test, Snatch Vehicle Response Test,
Search Team Course, Fire Fighting Course, Unarmed Combat Course,
Close Protection Officers Course, Command Course,
Dynamic risk assessment, Conflict resolution,
Route reconnaissance/planning, Teaching and supervising others,
Giving orders for operations, Multi Weapons Training,
100 Mile Endurance March, Military Piping Course,
(Highland Bag-Pipes), Two short expeditions in Sahara Desert,
Anti Terrorist Operations, Anti Poaching Unit Commander.
Solo climbed highest mountain in S/E Africa, SC Clearance with MOD
Public Order experienced.
Close Protection Officers Course with Task International (BTEC Level 3 Qualified).
Keep fit by running with fell running shoes, boots with rucksack and use local gym regularly.
Further specialist experience
Mauser 9mm pistol - privately owned personal protection weapon (Certified to carry by the Chief Constable Of Northern Ireland)
5.56mm and 7.56 rifles
General Purpose Machine Gun (light and SF role)
LAW 66 (Anti tank)
LAW 90 (Anti tank)
2002 – 2006
Successful proprietor of Ben's Books, which had an operation spanning Northern Ireland and the north of the Republic Of Ireland. Part of the business included a small coffee shop at the back of the bookshop, which provided an Elysium for customers.
1996 – 2002
Royal Irish Regiment/
Ulster Defence Regt CGC
Carried out counter terrorist operations in Northern Ireland.
March 1995 – March 1996
Platoon Commander (Anti-Poaching)
Tasked to reduce poaching, which Intel showed was the work of former guerillas from neighbouring Angola. Through anti poaching patrols and a hearts-and-minds approach (coupled with an arduous military response) we managed to eliminate the problem within 12 months.
When I returned 11 years later there was still no need for ‘anti-poachers’ due to the diligence and sophisticated methods followed during my time with the team.
1991 – 1995
1st Battalion Scots Guards
Combat Infantry Soldier.
Carried out public duties/protection for The British Royal Family.
Counter-terrorism operations in Northern Ireland. This also involved writing detailed reports and the collation of intelligence on enemy action, movements and the potential threat posed by such individuals.
The piper (Bag-Pipes) of the: Scots Guards Association, Ulster Defence Regt CGC Association, Combined Irish Regiments Association
and The Rhodesian Light Infantry Association.
Great Highland Bagpipes, theology, Arabic, hill walking, x-country, rock climbing, history (manager of history group), geography, anthropology, travelling, zoology.
Numerous (high profile) references available upon request.
Recently completed a two month secondment to an anti poaching unit in the
Republic Of Africa.
Our primary role was to protect the wild roaming rhino as well as a black rhino orphan in a boma.
The secondary role was to police the reserve to deter or capture poachers of other
His extended duty was to advise and revise current anti poaching tactics as well as formulate and implement further strategies.
One of his main drives was to implement intelligence gathering operations which heI often conducted with limited back up support. This as you might imagine was highly risky, but believed it was better implemented by a solo operative.
At the end of this albeit short tenure, he had gleaned useful information by conducting covert ops. Reduced poaching significantly and prevented any attempts against our rhino. While we successfully protected our
Rhinos, 18 were sadly killed within a 30k radios of our reserve.
We therefore proved that a combination of covert ops along side overt uniformed ops was the way forward.
Marine Conservation In South Africa.
At present he has been asked to take over the running of a conservation project and the business side. This was after working with them at the beginning of this year and proving he has the necessary attributes to run both operations.
The timings are flexible and the founder is most happy to facilitate other employment which he is asked to perform. Basically, the plan is for me to take over for 6mths at a time, pending his availability at any given moment. We have contingency plans if I am not available for the foreseeable future.
Basically, if your company feel that he will be an asset to your operations, he is willing to reduce any frontline conservation work to his holidays only periods.