Leadership Team

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Chris St. George

Chairman and Co-Founder

Chris St. George

Chairman and Co-Founder

Chris has been the co-founder and Chairman of Restrata since its inception in 2006.  He is an investor, entrepreneur and business operator with a 20-year track record of building businesses and creating shareholder...

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Chris St. George

Chairman and Co-Founder

Chris has been the co-founder and Chairman of Restrata since its inception in 2006.  He is an investor, entrepreneur and business operator with a 20-year track record of building businesses and creating shareholder value. He has delivered consistent and high returns operating in some of the world’s most challenging emerging markets and complex sectors. Throughout his business career he has focused on creating the right culture and operational systems for successful growth. Chris was previously the co-founder of Olive Group in 2001, where he was Managing Director and later Co-Chairman.  Chris oversaw the strategy and expansion of the business, which grew to 5,000 staff across 30 countries before its merger with Constellis. Chris was a Board Member and Shareholder of Constellis prior to its sale to Apollo in 2016.  Before entering business, Chris was an officer in the British Army, serving with the Coldstream Guards and Parachute Regiment on operations and training roles in the Balkans, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Northern Ireland. Chris attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he received the Sword of Honour in 1992 and the United Nations Joint Force Commander’s Commendation for service in Bosnia in 1994.   Chris is a supporter of military veterans’ charities and is Chairman of the Fundraising Advisory Group for Ruth Strauss Foundation.  

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Botan Osman

CEO and acting CTO

Botan Osman

CEO and acting CTO

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...

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Botan Osman

CEO and acting CTO

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.

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Mike Taylor

CFO

Mike Taylor

CFO

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...

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Mike Taylor

CFO

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.

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Will Follett

Vice President Sales, MEA

Will Follett

Vice President Sales, MEA

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...

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Will Follett

Vice President Sales, MEA

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.

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Neil Purcell

Head of Consultancy

Neil Purcell

Head of Consultancy

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...

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Neil Purcell

Head of Consultancy

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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Stephen Morte

Head of Projects & Training, MEA

Stephen Morte

Head of Projects & Training, MEA

Steve is Head of Projects & Training, MEA, 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...

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Stephen Morte

Head of Projects & Training, MEA

Steve is Head of Projects & Training, MEA, 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 an 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.

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Simon Marwick

Head of Global Operations Command Centre (GOCC) and UK Operations

Simon Marwick

Head of Global Operations Command Centre (GOCC) and UK Operations

Simon joined Restrata in 2014, continuing to build on and improve on a large number of standard operating procedures within the Global Command Centre and response consultancy...

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Simon Marwick

Head of Global Operations Command Centre (GOCC) and UK Operations

Simon joined Restrata in 2014, continuing to build on and improve on a large number of standard operating procedures within the Global Command Centre and response consultancy. An experienced military officer, Simon is a seasoned leader and manager of various sized teams and capable of producing results in high pressured situations. As Head of GOCC & UK Operations Simon is responsible for the management of the GOCC and ensuring Restrata and our clients benefit from the highest industry standards for Incident Response and ensure lessons are learned from incidents across the globe.

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Hiran Gunaratne

Head of Software Delivery

Hiran Gunaratne

Head of Software Delivery

Hiran joined Restrata in 2019 as Head of Software Delivery. He brings 20+ years of experience driving teams to deliver innovative, value-adding enterprise IT solutions to leading global companies in airline, airport, retail...

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Hiran Gunaratne

Head of Software Delivery

Hiran joined Restrata in 2019 as Head of Software Delivery. He brings 20+ years of experience driving teams to deliver innovative, value-adding enterprise IT solutions to leading global companies in airline, airport, retail, logistics & safety management industries. A strategic & tactical leader managing end to end software delivery from concept through to implementation & evolution, Hiran leads our software development team and is responsible for the development and delivery of the Restrata Platform Services

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Alex Craxton

Product Manager

Alex Craxton

Product Manager

Alex became Product Manager of the Restrata Platform in 2019 following several years managing the SAP Concur Locate solution, deployed to hundreds of global customers covering millions of employees and travellers for duty of...

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Alex Craxton

Product Manager

Alex became Product Manager of the Restrata Platform in 2019 following several years managing the SAP Concur Locate solution, deployed to hundreds of global customers covering millions of employees and travellers for duty of care. Alex’s background in product management, design and strategy involved growing many innovative start-ups through early stage into acquisition with the likes of Concur, Nuance Communications and a mix of media and telecommunication providers. Alex also co-founded a highly successful UK mobile industry community to unite technical, creative and commercial arms of the mobile industry to collaborate and drive innovation. Alex is responsible for capturing  customer needs, aligning them with the Restrata strategy and priorities, then guide the platform team and development work.

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Lisle Skriker

HR and Business Support Manager

Lisle Skriker

HR and Business Support Manager

Lisle became HR Manager in July 2019 after joining Restrata in January 2018 as HR Executive. Over the past few years Lisle has assisted in setting up the Business Support Team and oversees Restrata’s administration requirements...

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Lisle Skriker

HR and Business Support Manager

Lisle became HR Manager in July 2019 after joining Restrata in January 2018 as HR Executive. Over the past few years, Lisle has assisted in setting up the Business Support Team and oversees Restrata’s administration requirements, and the office management of the Dubai office.

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Cristina Merino Barrera

Marketing Manager

Cristina Merino Barrera

Marketing Manager

Cristina became Marketing Manager in May 2020 after joining Restrata in 2019 as a Marketing Executive and Digital Specialist. Cristina is a creative, analytical, and data-driven digital marketer who has helped Restrata...

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Cristina Merino Barrera

Marketing Manager

Cristina became Marketing Manager in May 2020 after joining Restrata in 2019 as a Marketing Executive and Digital Specialist. Cristina is a creative, analytical, and data-driven digital marketer who has helped Restrata in its endeavour for digital growth. She is currently directing the organisation's reputation as a market leader with regards to security and safety in the energy, manufacturing, and major events sector. As a marketer, she has extensive experience in both the Middle Eastern and European markets and proven to drive the creation, implementation and optimisation of marketing strategies for different markets and industries. As a results-focused and detail-oriented individual, Cristina has led various digital projects achieving successful results and exceeding expectations for several governmental entities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and international brands such as Volkswagen. She is passionate about user experience, consumer behaviour and the opportunities that artificial intelligence can bring to lead generation and consumer relationship management. Cristina graduated from University in her native Spain where she obtained a Bachelor in Advertising and Public Relationships. Upon completion of her degree, she completed a Master's in Advertising and Public Relations Strategies at the University of Barcelona. She is a certified Google user and continues her digital development whilst amplifying her skills as the digital world evolves.

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Justin Vaughan

Senior Consultant and Head of Consulting Business Development

Justin Vaughan

Senior Consultant and Head of Consulting Business Development

Joining Restrata in October 2017, Justin has been a key member of the security consultancy division, responsible for the delivery of physical security and technology consulting projects for his clients across...

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Justin Vaughan

Senior Consultant and Head of Consulting Business Development

Joining Restrata in October 2017, Justin has been a key member of the security consultancy division, responsible for the delivery of physical security and technology consulting projects for his clients across the MENA, UK, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. He has experience across a variety of sectors including hospitality, sports & entertainment, critical national infrastructure and government. Since April 2019, Justin has led business development for the security consultancy division and has been responsible for Restrata’s expansion efforts into high-growth, emerging markets including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Thailand. Justin’s academic background includes a BA (Hons) in Business Information Systems from the University of Brighton and he recently obtained The Institute of Strategic Risk Management Level 4 Award in Foundations of Security Risk Management, and the Level 5 Award in Corporate Risk & Crisis Management. He has a keen interest in emerging Physical Security, Cyber and IoT technologies, and recently authored a thought leadership white paper to examine facial recognition technology and its potential to be used for combating crime at stadia around the world.

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Greg Simpson

Sales Manager

Greg Simpson

Sales Manager

Greg joined Restrata in 2019 as Sales Manager and is responsible for delivery of services for existing and new customers across Restrata’s Emergency, Crisis and Continuity Preparedness, 24/7 Monitoring and Response...

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Greg Simpson

Sales Manager

Greg joined Restrata in 2019 as Sales Manager and is responsible for delivery of services for existing and new customers across Restrata’s Emergency, Crisis and Continuity Preparedness, 24/7 Monitoring and Response and Restrata Platform service lines. Since graduating from the University of Aberdeen in 2011, Greg has developed his career with experience in Business Development and Management roles within the energy sector, IT and other industries. Greg brings a wealth of experience of consultative selling and client relationship management across a wide variety of global markets.

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Craig Menzies

Head of Emergency, Crisis and Continuity Preparedness

Craig Menzies

Head of Emergency, Crisis and Continuity Preparedness

Craig joined Restrata in 2013 following a 30-year career in Police Scotland. He has vast experience in dealing with complex incidents and crises in his roles as a Police Commander, Force Control Room Manager...

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Craig Menzies

Head of Emergency, Crisis and Continuity Preparedness

Craig joined Restrata in 2013 following a 30-year career in Police Scotland. He has vast experience in dealing with complex incidents and crises in his roles as a Police Commander, Force Control Room Manager, Firearms Commander, Royalty Protection Officer and Command and Control Instructor at the Scottish Police College. He has also been a Crisis and Hostage Negotiator Instructor for the Scottish and UK negotiator courses as well as dealing with International kidnaps, including as a UK Government Advisor (COBRA). Since joining Restrata, Craig has gained huge experience in Incident Management in the Oil and Gas Sector as well as associated industries. He has developed Emergency and Crisis management procedures and is an experienced trainer and Team Leader in Restrata’s Global Command Centre. He has a Diploma in Higher Education and Training, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics and a Master’s Degree in Emergency Management. He is also a Fellow of the Security Institute and the Institute of Strategic Risk Management.

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Ricardo Ferreira

Lead Developer

Ricardo Ferreira

Lead Developer

Ricardo joined Restrata in 2020, continuing to build and improve the Restrata Platform. An experienced software developer with strong experience in Outsystems, responsible for the project lifecycle, demonstrating...

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Ricardo Ferreira

Lead Developer

Ricardo joined Restrata in 2020, continuing to build and improve the Restrata Platform. An experienced software developer with strong experience in Outsystems, responsible for the project lifecycle, demonstrating advanced design to enhance UI/UX. Ricardo works effectively under pressure, with a solution-focused mindset to overcome each challenge, responsible for managing small teams ensuring best practices and well documented code.