Advisors

Advisors

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John Donlon QPM

Senior Advisor

John Donlon QPM

Senior Advisor

John Donlon advises Restrata on Policing, Port Security, Critical National Infrastructure Protection, Major Sporting Events and Counter Terrorism. John joined Restrata after 34 years with the Police Service...

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John Donlon QPM

Senior Advisor

John Donlon advises Restrata on Policing, Port Security, Critical National Infrastructure Protection, Major Sporting Events and Counter Terrorism. John joined Restrata after 34 years with the Police Service where he was a Chief Officer within the National Counter Terrorism Policing Command. He provided the strategic policing lead on all matters within the Protect and Prepare portfolios of the UK Counter Terrorism Strategy, CONTEST. He has worked closely with all the main government departments, industry and other strategic stakeholders and was a member of numerous high-level national committees where he influenced and shaped central governmental policies over several years. John was also the UK Counter Terrorism policing lead for a range of disciplines across the preparation and delivery of security for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Since 2012 he has provided security professionalism and advice on behalf of a range of companies and Governments across Europe, the Middle East, the United States and Africa. He is also engaged as a Conference speaker and moderator on subjects such as Border Security, Aviation Security, Crisis Management and the protection and resilience of Critical National Infrastructure. John holds a Master of Arts degree in Organisational Management from Manchester University; a Diploma in Applied Criminology and Police Management from Cambridge University; he is a Fellow of the Security Institute; a Graduate of the FBI International Counter Terrorism Leadership Programme and a Graduate of the UK Police National Strategic Command Course. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2010 for distinguished service and the 9/11 International Police Medal, in 2012, for Services to Counter Terrorism.

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Alex Baird

Senior Advisor

Alex Baird

Senior Advisor

Zimbabwean born entrepreneur of dual nationality (British & Zimbabwean) with historical family business interests in Africa centred on Energy, Telecommunications, Mining, Agriculture and the Petroleum sectors. Alex holds...

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Alex Baird

Senior Advisor

Zimbabwean born entrepreneur of dual nationality (British & Zimbabwean) with historical family business interests in Africa centred on Energy, Telecommunications, Mining, Agriculture and the Petroleum sectors. Alex holds a postgraduate (MBA) in international business and is an Electrical /mechanical engineer by profession. Over the last 25 years, Alex has been predominantly involved in the acquisition and delivery of large scale technology focused Infrastructure projects / programs for International / National Oil companies, Government initiatives in Defence / Security, Multinational organisations, Mining and Power corporations across the Middle East, Africa and Asian regions.

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John Yourston

Senior Advisor

John Yourston

Senior Advisor

John is  highly experienced security and business sector professional with a proven track record of commercial success. Following an accomplished  career in the British Army he transitioned to the commercial sector...

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John Yourston

Senior Advisor

John is a highly experienced security and business sector professional with a proven track record of commercial success. Following an accomplished  career in the British Army, he transitioned to the commercial sector and as a founding director of Olive Group, was instrumental in building a small start up company in a niche sector of the security market to a multimillion dollar turnover, broad spectrum security, technology integration and training organisation.  Following 6 years of active operational leadership in the Group's rapid growth and commercial success, John let the Group to assist Royal Dutch Shell corporate security department in preparing their strategic entry strategy to Iraq. As their senior advisor on security operations,  he oversaw the operational implementation and co-ordination of all security projects in support of Shell's hydrocarbon endeavours in the Southern Iraq oil fields.  John left Shell in May 2015 to concentrate on providing bespoke security consultancy services. Prior to his commercial career, John was a professional soldier and spent 25 years in the British Army, most notably as a member of 22 Special Air Service Regiment.  During his service, he accumulated substantial operational experience in many theaters.  John was awarded the Military Medal (MM) during operations in Gulf War 1 and was mentioned In Dispatches for Special Duties/Counter Terrorism service in Northern Ireland. He is also a graduate of Leicester University and hold a Masters degree (MSc) in Security and Risk Management.

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