Chris is the Co-Founder, and has been Chairman of Restrata since its inception. Chris was also the Co-Founder of Olive Group, where he was the Group Managing Director from 2003 to 2008 before taking...
Chris is the Co-Founder, and has been Chairman of Restrata since its inception. Chris was also the Co-Founder of Olive Group, where he was the Group Managing Director from 2003 to 2008 before taking the role of Co-Chairman. As Co-Chairman, Chris oversaw the strategy and expansion of the business, which in 2015 employed 5,000 staff operating across 30 countries before its merger with Constellis. Post the merger Chris became a Board Member and Shareholder of Constellis.
Prior to his involvement in the security sector, Chris had both a military and entrepreneurial background having been involved in a number of successful start-up businesses including The Third Space Health & Fitness, where he was the founding director and leading shareholder prior to its successful sale to Graphite Capital. He combined this executive role with an active involvement training professional sports teams and elite athletes.
Chris was commissioned into the British Army in 1992 and served with the Coldstream Guards and the Parachute Regiment. During his career, Chris spent much of his time on operations or managing training tasks in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Chris was educated at Eton College and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He received the Sword of Honour at Sandhurst in 1992 and the United Nations Force Commanders Commendation for service in Bosnia in 1994. Chris is a member of the Young Presidents Organisation, the Institute of Security Management Associates and an Advisory Board member of The Amar Foundation.
Botan Osman is serving as the Managing Director of Restrata, and started serving in February 2017. He was previously responsible for Business Development, Sales and Marketing across Restrata. Previous to that, he was the Restrata Country Director Kurdistan & North Iraq, establishing and building the company’s business in Kurdistan.
Botan joined Restrata in 2013 from the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, where he served as the Head of the KRG Department of IT and IT Advisor to the Prime Minister. He was appointed to establish the department and held the position in late 2006.
Botan is also the Founding Committee Member for Institutional Relations at the British Business Group Kurdistan, which was established in June 2014.
During his tenure he founded and developed the KRG Department of IT from the ground up, which led on a number of important initiatives; including the establishment of a state of the art Regional IT Academy, the KRG Biometric Electronic ID Card System, the design of the cloud based regional data center and the development of the KRG wide IT Strategy and Blueprint. Since 2007 we have seen significant progress in the field of Information Technology within the Kurdistan Region, and the KRG Department of IT has been instrumental in leading this progress.
Botan holds a BSC in Software Engineering from Manchester University and has over 18 years of experience in IT and Management. He has occupied a number of senior management positions in Information Technology and Financial companies mainly in the United Kingdom, primarily focusing on operations across Europe and the Middle East.
He has also completed executive programmes at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, US National Defence University and the UK Defence Academy.
Mike became Finance Director in January 2016 following the merger of Restrata with Stirling, another group company where Mike had been Finance Director since 2015. Mike originally joined the group in 2013 as Head of Planning and Treasury within the group's holding company. In this role while looking after group financial planning & reporting, cash management and relationships with banks, he assisted in the execution of several group acquisitions and the demerger of a previous group company (Olive Group).
Prior to joining the group Mike had a 9-year career at Lloyds Banking Group where he held several senior roles within International Banking Finance and latterly within Group Strategic Finance.
Mike is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He graduated from the University of Nottingham where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chemistry.
As Head of Restrata’s Professional Services Division, Ian is responsible for the delivery of a full suite of safety and security consultancy services, covering a range of industries and additionally, operations services to airports, through a large team of highly experienced professionals.
Ian joined the company in 2008, initially as UK Operations Director, before moving to Dubai, where as Programme Director, he led the company’s provision of technical and physical security support to one of the world’s largest International Oil Companies on 2 major oil and gas projects in Iraq.
Since joining the company, he has led work on a number of airport sector consultancy and design projects in both the UK and the Middle East Region, as well as the delivery of aviation security at Afghanistan’s four international airports.
Ian joined directly from Heathrow Airport, where as Deputy Head of Security he was responsible for the delivery of aviation security at the world’s busiest international airport.
Prior to joining the commercial sector, Ian served for 21 years as a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force Regiment, in a wide variety of staff and operational appointments, specialising in the delivery of security to the airbases of the UK Royal Air Force. In his final appointment, he commanded the Royal Air Force Regiment’s Rapier Ground Based Air Defence Wing.
Ian holds a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from Kings College London and was trained in Security Risk Management at Cranfield University.
Head of Workforce Development and Managed Services
Will has been involved in Workforce Development for over 15 years where he has managed, directed and led the training, assessment and development of a wide variety of projects across Government and Private Sector organisations.
Joining the organisation in 2009, Will has managed safety, security and risk management initiatives in over 35 countries around the world. He has overseen training projects to over 15,000 persons covering a range of technical, safety and vocational related skills.
Will’s early career as a Commissioned Officer in the British Army saw him serving in a number of strategic and operational appointments throughout the world. Having led soldiers on Active Service in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland, he has an innate understanding of leadership in testing environments. His final role with the Army saw him leading the training and development of over 300 recruits across a range of military and competency based training initiatives.
Rajesh joined Restrata in 2016 from a private practice law firm in the Dubai International Financial Centre (UAE). As part of the law firm’s senior legal team Rajesh advised clients on commercial and litigation matters and ran cross-border arbitration and court proceedings in the UK, MENA and Asia. His clients included multinationals, regional family groups, investment funds, media companies, sports teams and high net-worth individuals who he also regularly advised on reputational, compliance and regulatory risk. Prior to that Rajesh worked in a top-tier City firm in London as part of their Dispute Resolution team. As Restrata’s General Counsel, Rajesh advises on legal and commercial matters across the Group.