About Spearfish

A British owned business, Spearfish have over 150 years of experience between us, and are rapidly growing as security threats around the world increase. Recent areas of operation include the Indian Ocean, Northern Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia and Somalia, amongst others.
The dynamic management team have a huge range of skills and knowledge to cover any potential or live security situation that we are faced with. It’s essential to have a clear and concise structure when it comes to crisis management, and we pride ourselves on being able to offer that to our clients.
Extensive preparation and training with our consultants produces an exceptional level of protection in high-risk environments. Our pool of consultants includes Risk Assessors, Close Protection Operatives, qualified trainers and various security-specific skills. With a focused and discrete approach to our work, we understand clients’ values and commitment to get things done.

team LordWestAdmiral the Lord Alan West
Non-Executive Chairman

Lord West served in the Royal Navy until February 2006 as the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff.  He was head of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, responsible for the fighting effectiveness of the Naval Service. He was also Chief of Defence Intelligence.  

Prior to being appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office as Minister for Security he advised both Conservatives and Labour on Defence and Security.  He produced the UK's first ever National Security Strategy and Cyber Security Strategy as well as formulating counter-terrorist policy.  He left Government when the new Coalition was formed in 2010.

Lord West joined Spearfish as our Chairman and member of the advisory board.  He is responsible for strategy and guidance to the three executive Directors along with John Smith.  He also provides leads and opportunities for the company in the maritime and defence sector.

team JohnSmithJohn Smith
Non-Executive Director

John Smith joined Prudential in 1992 from THORN EMI Group where he was Director, High Security, responsible for providing high security systems to banking and government, as well as the Security Consultancy and Security Services businesses. He has been in commercial security since 1978 when he left the British Army having served in general management and specialist roles. He is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst

John is a past President of the International Security Management Association, a member of the Overseas Security Advisory Council and a member and former Chairman of the Risk and Security Management Forum. He is a founding Fellow of the Security Institute.

John joined Spearfish as a non-executive Director and is responsible for strategy and guidance to the executive Directors.  He also manages corporate sector opportunities, using his extensive network to provide a global reach.

team DanHootonDan Hooton
Managing Director

Dan spent 10 years in the Royal Navy in a variety of appointments both at sea and ashore.  He has a Masters Degree in Corporate Security and Risk Management, and since leaving the Navy has spent over ten years in the private security market. Dan has previously served on the chapter committee of ASIS UK, and been involved in various industry initiatives over the past ten years.

Dan is responsible for the overall management of Spearfish as well as leading the team, ensuring consistent delivery from proposal to execution of task.  Prior to Spearfish, Dan was the Group Head of Security for Prudential, responsible for the physical security and wellbeing of over 20,000 employees, and the protection of buildings and other assets in over 20 countries around the world.

Dan leads many of the Spearfish tasks and works with our clients in many countries, including Pakistan and Nigeria amongst others.

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Non-Executive Director

Grant served for 22 years in the Royal Marines, primarily in a Special Duties role, conducting counter-terrorist duties as well as maritime intelligence gathering.  He has served in a variety of environments, and gained significant operational experience in a wide variety of assignments.  He gained a Master Degree in Corporate Security in 2006.

Grant’s responsibilities include managing all aspects of operational and technical deployments, as well as being responsible for professional standards within the company. He is very active in the corporate security sector, and advises the hotel and hospitality markets in particular.

Grant has a particular strength in developing new operational security systems for businesses, working with different part of a business to effectively implement security strategies in large organisations.  His current area of focus is virtual working and crisis management, including use of social media and technology to effectively manage security risk for clients.

team QuentinBrookQuentin Brook
Commercial Director

Quentin has a background in engineering management and has spent his career providing strategic advice to senior teams across a range of industries.  He spent the early part of his career in Six Sigma Management and consulted to many businesses, improving their efficiency and production through statistical analysis.

Quentin's responsibilities include all business processes and commercial standards within Spearfish, as well as giving rigour to operations through management oversight. Having a non-security background allows him to challenge our offerings, and present a different view when assessing a clients needs.

Quentin oversees the commercial strategy for Spearfish and focuses on developing new solutions to market challenges that are presented by our clients.  Delivering competitive and transparent costing models, he ensures that our clients receive value as well efficiency, and this allows Spearfish to pursue unique offerings, often against the standard market solution.

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    Jacob AkinolaProject Risk Manager Nigeria

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    Fida HussainProject Risk Manager Pakistan

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    Rosie TurnerOffice Manager

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    Andy MunroSecurity Coordinator

  • Lisa Ifould

    Christopher Briggs Security Advisor

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    Lisa IfouldAccounts Administrator

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    Mathew Schraeder Senior Security Manger - Nigeria

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    Amit Darshan Risk Manager - India