Neal leads a growing team of security managers who support a range of clients out of the Spearfish West Africa office in Abuja. Neal has six years of security and operations management experience in both East and West Africa, working across NGO, Commercial and International Aid delivery fields. Experience in Nigeria includes kidnap for ransom incident management.

Neal came to the security industry with a wealth of experience gained from a full career with the British Army, deploying on operations in Northern Ireland, Belize, Sierra Leone, Macedonia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. He was an Infanteer by trade but spent a number of years in the media operations and strategic communications field, giving him valuable skills in corporate reputational management. Most recently he has also worked with the British Government’s Stabilisation Unit and done interim work as a Global Security Adviser delivering corporate Risk Management.

His qualifications include Certified Security Consultant (New Bucks Uni), BSc in Forestry & Applied Zoology (UCNW Bangor), PRINCE 2 and MSP (Managing Successful Programmes),