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Chris St. George

Chris St. George

Chairman and Co-Founder

Chris is the Co-Founder, and has been Chairman of Restrata since its….

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

Botan Osman

CEO

Botan is CEO of Restrata, was appointed into the position in 2017, previously…

Botan is CEO of Restrata, was appointed into the position in 2017, previously serving as Global Director for Business Development & prior to that as Country Director Kurdistan. Botan joined Restrata in 2013 from the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, where he founded the KRG Department of IT & served the Head. He also served as the IT Advisor to the Prime Minister. Botan holds a Beng in Software Engineering from Manchester University and has over two decades of experience in Technology & Security Industries in UK, Europe & Middle East. He has also completed executive programmes at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, NDU & the UK Defence Academy.
Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor

CFO

Mike became Finance Director in January 2016 following the merger of Restrata…

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.
Will Follett

Will Follett

Vice President Sales

Will has been involved in Workforce Development for over 15 years…

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, including a wealth of projects for IOC’s operating in the Middle East & North Africa. 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 Vyakarnam

Rajesh Vyakarnam

Director - Legal & Business Affairs

Rajesh joined Restrata in 2016 from a private practice law firm in the Dubai…

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.
Stephen Morte

Stephen Morte

Head of Deployment and Training

Steve is the Head of Training at Restrata, leading a team responsible…

Steve is the Head of Training at Restrata, leading a team responsible for the creation of training courses and programs, as well as client delivery. He has a broad experience across general management, operations management and manufacturing management with in depth knowledge of logistics. A strong track record of achievement in operations management, implementing business transformation, change management, process improvement and cost reduction in governmental (Military) and commercial organisations.
Neil Purcell

Neil Purcell

Head of Consultancy

Neil leads the consultancy team at Restrata, overseeing various…

Neil leads the consultancy team at Restrata, overseeing various security design projects around the globe. He is a seasoned professional within the Security field with over 20 years experience of Electronic, Physical, and Integrated Security System design, Threat and Risk Assessments, and Project Management, for a broad range of sectors, including Corporate, Government, Local Authority, Industrial, Educational, and MOD. His specialties include: Electronic Security, Physical Security, Integrated Security Design, Project Management, Threat and Risk Assessments, and Master Planning.

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