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The Circuit is the number #1 source of information on protection matters and is the industry-leading magazine for all security professionals who want to stay ahead of the game. If you're new to the industry or an old-school veteran, the Circuit is the place for you. Through the podcast, we bring the stories and the contributors from the magazine to life. The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw, Jon Moss, Shaun West and Phelim Rowe. For more information on all things Circuit related, visit us at: https://circuit-magazine.com

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Transitioning from the Police to the Private Sector in EP | Scott Hamer
4d ago
Transitioning from the Police to the Private Sector in EP | Scott Hamer
How can the 'verbal Judo' skills from policing translate into the private sector of EP and what can both learn from each other? Join recently retired Royalty and Specialist Protection specialist Scott Hamer as we explore: What should operators in the police better understand before transitioning to the private sector? How can one assess the motives behind seeking EP employment after retiring from the police and why does that matter? What are the key verbal judo skills that will assist a transitioning colleague beyond their police career? What new technology can the private sector expect to see after having first being used in the public sector? About Scott: Scott is currently employed by Birmingham 2022 (Commonwealth Games) working as a Venue Security Manager at The Alexander Stadium with specific responsibility for the opening and closing ceremonies and all Internationally Protected Persons. Prior to this I served over 30 years in The Metropolitan Police. Over half of his service has been spent on close protection duties based out of New Scotland Yard as an operator, and team leader, working in over 50 countries across the globe. As well as being the lead for The Met’s CP training, he also continues to instruct and lecture in the private CP and protective security sectors. The last five years of his police career was spent as Personal Protection Officer to HRH The Prince of Wales (LinkedIn) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future.  (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry.  (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  (Circuit Magazine) (BBA Connect) (NABA Protector) (British Bodyguard Association)
Transitioning from the Police to the Private Sector in EP | Scott Hamer
4d ago
Transitioning from the Police to the Private Sector in EP | Scott Hamer
How can the 'verbal Judo' skills from policing translate into the private sector of EP and what can both learn from each other? Join recently retired Royalty and Specialist Protection specialist Scott Hamer as we explore: What should operators in the police better understand before transitioning to the private sector? How can one assess the motives behind seeking EP employment after retiring from the police and why does that matter? What are the key verbal judo skills that will assist a transitioning colleague beyond their police career? What new technology can the private sector expect to see after having first being used in the public sector? About Scott: Scott is currently employed by Birmingham 2022 (Commonwealth Games) working as a Venue Security Manager at The Alexander Stadium with specific responsibility for the opening and closing ceremonies and all Internationally Protected Persons. Prior to this I served over 30 years in The Metropolitan Police. Over half of his service has been spent on close protection duties based out of New Scotland Yard as an operator, and team leader, working in over 50 countries across the globe. As well as being the lead for The Met’s CP training, he also continues to instruct and lecture in the private CP and protective security sectors. The last five years of his police career was spent as Personal Protection Officer to HRH The Prince of Wales (LinkedIn) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future.  (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry.  (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  (Circuit Magazine) (BBA Connect) (NABA Protector) (British Bodyguard Association)
[Short Circuit] Problem Solving for Protectors | Vantrell Wilson
27-07-2022
[Short Circuit] Problem Solving for Protectors | Vantrell Wilson
Pulling off a 'minor miracle' is a double edged sword... you solved your Principal's problem but now they will expect a miracle every day... On today's Short Circuit Podcast Elijah Shaw is pleased to welcome Vantrell Wilson, Supervisor at ICON Global to uncover the secrets to effective problem solving for protectors including: Should the protector be expected to pre-plan problem solving for the unexpected? How can you balance managing your family obligations with constantly moving expectations for work related problem solving? How can the protector remove emotional responses to routine problems? How can we adopt the mentality of 'playing how you practice'? If you manage to pull of a minor miracle, how can you manage expectations regarding always pulling it off? About Vantrell: Vantrell Wilson is an Executive Protection & Risk Management Consultant specializing in working with High Net Worth Family’s. A former Marine and Private Investigator, Vantrell has worked in a number of sectors in the industry including Corporate Security and Celebrity Protection (LinkedIn) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future.  (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry.  (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  (Circuit Magazine) (BBA Connect) (NABA Protector) (British Bodyguard Association)
Mid-Season Review | The Circuit Team
20-07-2022
Mid-Season Review | The Circuit Team
This week we have all four hosts of the Circuit Magazine Podcast in the same room at the same time… an event as rare as a solar eclipse! And you might need those shades because while the sun is beating down on the northern hemisphere, we thought we would catch up with Phelim, Shaun, Jon and Elijah between operational commitments for a mid-year roundup.  In this week’s show the team not only reflects on the first half of the new podcast season but we also discuss what it means to be an operationally active protector, how we juggle work commitments, and how we blindsided Shaun to unknowingly become a guest on his own podcast!  Join the team for this light-hearted look back over the past 6 months while we share: • What each host’s top 3 podcast episodes have been at the midway point. • What we’ve learned by starting a podcast. • The balance between being a ‘grey man’ for operational purposes while being a figurehead in the industry. • The importance of reviewing and purging your social media and why we should learn from industry mishaps while avoiding criticism. More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future.  (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry.  (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  (Circuit Magazine) (BBA Connect) (NABA Protector) (British Bodyguard Association)
Uncovering Synergies between Guarding and EP | Tim Keller
14-07-2022
Uncovering Synergies between Guarding and EP | Tim Keller
Guarding whether manned or mobile is the starting pathway many pursue in the security sector so is it time to shine a positive light on skillsets developed that might be transferable to other sectors like EP? This week we are very pleased to welcome Tim Keller, recently departed SVP for North America at Securitas to ask: Is it possible to progress through the corporate ranks of a larger manned guarding provider when compared to a boutique firm? What skillset are larger manned guarding companies looking for from entry level candidates? Is there a 'revolving door' between executive protection and manned guarding depending on the economic climate? Will we ever see robot guards augmenting the service? What are the greatest challenges ahead for manned and mobile guarding? More about Tim: Tim Keller, CPP most recently served as the Northeast Region President at Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., one of the world’s largest security firms, based in New York City. He provided leadership to over 14,000 employees throughout eight states. Tim brings over 30 years of experience in the security industry and has held several leadership positions in the areas of Protective Services, Investigations, and Fraud Prevention, including his prior role as President of Securitas’ Mobile division in US & Canada. Tim proudly served in the United States Naval Reserve as an Intelligence Officer. Tim also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Benedictine University as part of the criminal justice program. His educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Louisiana State University and Master of Arts in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University. Tim has also earned the prestigious Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation from the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) in 2007, further solidifying his security expertise. He is a speaker at many industry events and has published several white papers and articles as a subject matter expert on security and investigations  More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future.  (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry.  (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  (Circuit Magazine) (BBA Connect) (NABA Protector) (British Bodyguard Association)
Your Next German Operation | Dr Christoph Eichel
06-07-2022
Your Next German Operation | Dr Christoph Eichel
Have you ever met a German EP operator on international missions? For a country and economy as strong and large as Germany the adoption of EP and security in general is surprisingly low - but all that is changing. We are delighted to welcome Dr Christoph Eichel, CEO and Founder of Solitaire Advisory to address: What opportunities for partnerships are there for international operators looking at the German market? How can external colleagues navigate the KMU (largely middle sized family business) landscape? To what extent are German language skills a requirement? Why are German companies interested in longer term over transactional partnerships? How is geopolitics affecting the threat landscape in Germany? More about Christoph: (LinkedIn) (Solitaire Advisory) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future.  (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry.  (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  (Circuit Magazine) (BBA Connect) (NABA Protector) (British Bodyguard Association)
Success in the Energy Sector for EP | Don Sylvest
29-06-2022
Success in the Energy Sector for EP | Don Sylvest
Is there a more topical industry than Energy today with prices and availability at the forefront of global populations? This week we are delighted to welcome Don Sylvest, former Security Operations Manager at ExxonMobil to ask: Why should EP operators start a career in energy? What types of activism are an increasing concern for protectors? What differences should protectors be aware of when comparing subsets of the energy sector, from upstream to downstream and from travel risk to transmission? What evolving threats are facing the energy sector more than others? To what extent is insider threat a challenge for today's protector in the energy sector? About Don: Don started his law enforcement career at the age of 19 as a game warden in south Louisiana. He relocated to Texas in the mid-80s and entered law enforcement as a patrol officer. 20 plus years later Don retired as a Lieutenant over criminal investigations. Don moved to Dallas in 2000 and started a career in corporate security. In 2003 Don received his CPP certification. In 2005 while working as security manager for a high-net-worth family Don was approached by ExxonMobil to submit his resume for an executive protection specialist position for the soon to be Chairman/CEO of EM. Since 2005 Don has traveled to over 30 countries and all 50 states providing security to senior executives. Don was also tasked with managing the security driver training program. He provided hands on management of the program in numerous high threat countries. During his tenure he also coordinated security for high profile events to include annual shareholder meetings, Board committee meetings and major sporting events. Before retiring from EM Don was responsible for daily operation management of security at the EM Houston campus. Don spends his time now consulting with other corporations security teams on executive protection and other security related matters. (LinkedIn) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future.  (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry.  (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  (Circuit Magazine) (BBA Connect) (NABA Protector) (British Bodyguard Association)
Protecting the Protector | Thomas Pecora
22-06-2022
Protecting the Protector | Thomas Pecora
Don't get yourself electrocuted whilst trying to save someone already in that situation! Today's protector must remember that they are themselves a target and aside from increasing their ability to respond with force, being able to blend in and avoid becoming a target can protect the protector. We are delighted to welcome back Thomas Pecora to the podcast to outline: How can protectors remove themselves from harm whilst carrying out their task effectively? Can covert operations techniques always be learned or do some people just have innate abilities? What is more effective, 'run-hide-fight' or 'run-hide-tell' and why is the community divided over the topic? How can the protector narrow their focus on what matters when external factors might seek to persuade them to 'know everything' including irrelevant details? What are the best techniques for protectors to extract themselves from compromising situations? Are some protectors simply unable to blend into some environments? What can we learn from counter-terrorism operations to protect the protector? About Thomas: Thomas (Tom) Pecora is a former CIA Senior Security Officer who retired after 24 years of protecting Agency personnel. He managed large security programs and operations in Africa, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and in various conflict zones. He has over 30 years of experience in protective operations, crisis management, personnel/physical security, and counter-terrorism. As Director of Pecora Consulting Services, he provides security vulnerability and threat assessments, as well as personal safety and crime prevention/avoidance skills training. He is also a published author and has written a memoir entitled “GUARDIAN – Life in the Crosshairs of the CIA’s War on Terror.” (Thomas Pecora) (Guardian - Life in the Crosshairs of the CIA's war on terror) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future.  (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry.  (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  (Circuit Magazine) (BBA Connect) (NABA Protector) (British Bodyguard Association)
Protected Mobility for Today's Protector | Joe Autera
15-06-2022
Protected Mobility for Today's Protector | Joe Autera
Do you make a 'J' Turn every day? Have you ever gotten in the wrong black SUV? What ever the stage in your EP career protected mobility is a crucial yet varied topic that is going to throw some curve balls at you. Join us for today's episode with Joe Autera, CEO of the Vehicle Dynamics Institute as we ask: Do you need to be training to become a security driver to attend a protected mobility course? How can you negotiate with your client about gaining more control of the transportation budget? How has the pandemic affected vehicle sterilization and environment requirements? Does every mission require a B6 or higher standard armoured vehicle? Why is vehicle center of gravity and other calculations key to becoming a better driver? What smart technology will create challenges for tomorrow's protector? About Joe: (LinkedIn) (Vehicle Dynamics Institute) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future.  (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry.  (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  (Circuit Magazine) (BBA Connect) (NABA Protector) (British Bodyguard Association)
Security by Design and Tomorrow's Protector as Trusted Advisor | Chris Aldous
10-06-2022
Security by Design and Tomorrow's Protector as Trusted Advisor | Chris Aldous
If your client wanted a 200 pound door installed in their ancient home how can you say 'yes, BUT' and why is that your concern anyway as a protector? Today's guest Chris Aldous, founder of Design Security Ltd, will help us explore core security by design principles along with building security hardening techniques which will help transform the protector into the trusted security advisor addressing questions including: How wide is the principal's actual estate footprint today? What criteria do UHNWIs need to consider when hardening an historic building? How can a principal 'escape' the building surveillance envelope? What tools and tech are adversaries using to counter building security measures? How can you chose a built-environment security partner? How can protectors learn security by design skills that they can build into their own operations? What order of threats are most important to consider when protecting buildings? About Chris: (Website) (LinkedIn) (Twitter) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future.  (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry.  (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  (Circuit Magazine) (BBA Connect) (NABA Protector) (British Bodyguard Association)
Operational Success on Your Next Nordics Mission | Claus Pichner
01-06-2022
Operational Success on Your Next Nordics Mission | Claus Pichner
After famous examples of EP professionals being arrested in the Nordics whilst on a detail with a music tour you might ask what to look out for whilst operating in Sweden, Denmark and Norway - which make up most of 'the Nordics'. We are delighted to interview longstanding BBA and NABA friend of the industry Claus Pichner on his long career, lessons for current operators and specific advice about working in the region including: How to select a local partner in the Nordics and where to look at who is and who is not licensed? What role do armed private security play in some parts of the Nordics and what will that mean for your operations? What growth areas are being seen in the Nordics and what should new operators to the region look for? What drew you to being such an active participant in the BBA and NABA? About Claus: A heavy experienced grey wolf in the industry. Director of operations for Alfa-Protector Executive Security in Denmark. Claus has 36 years extensive career experience within protection of assets and people, armed forces and law enforcement. He started up in the industry as MP K9 Handler and from that point in his early 20s until now he has worked and educated himself in almost every aspect of the Security Industry and has teamed up with Industry legends as Christian West, Thomas Hald, Jan Thomsen among others. Claus has worked on 3 continents and joined protective detail deployments in Europe, the Nordics and 7 years in Asia mainly in the Philippines. Claus has had a short but well earned step back from the EP/CP Industry for a couple of years- but in his words “it is a virus in your blood, that you Can not get cured from” so Claus has returned to work in the EP field. He sometimes puts all his effort and knowledge into consulting, CP/EP Work, individual tailored Close Protection courses, being a tactical shooting Instructor, team evaluator and everywhere in between. More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future.  (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry.  (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  (Circuit Magazine) (BBA Connect) (NABA Protector) (British Bodyguard Association)
Becoming a Physical Security Technology Manager | Paul Nieto III
25-05-2022
Becoming a Physical Security Technology Manager | Paul Nieto III
If your principal's main residence alarm system is going off at 2 in the morning, can you turn it off? Technology awareness goes a lot further than 'becoming a hacker' or learning to code. Today we are delighted to speak with Paul Nieto III a Physical Security Technology Manager about how the EP profession is modernizing but in a much more accessible way than many might fear. Join us as we ask: Where should the executive protection professional go to augment their technology skills? Are CTF (capture the flag) exercises and games really just as complicated as a crossword or a sudoku and can anyone try them? How does technology awareness compliment career development to become a 'trusted security advisor'? How can physical security professionals embark on becoming a security technology manager? Are some EP professionals still reluctant to familiarize themselves with technology? More about Paul: Paul brings a unique hybrid skill set from physical security operations, technology, and penetration testing with over 18 years in physical security which also includes the US Navy. He brings a red team mindset when implementing physical security technologies. He has led security teams, managed GSOC’s, and has innovated physical security technology with key integrations, metrics, and dashboards. Paul has also built out and led key programs such as executive protection, guard forces, crisis management, travel security and physical security red teams. Paul stays highly active in both communities (physical and cyber) keeping up with the latest threats and trends. (LinkedIn) About some of the training mentioned by Paul: (TryHackMe) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future.  (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry.  (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  (Circuit Magazine) (BBA Connect) (NABA Protector) (British Bodyguard Association)
Providing Protection in Ireland - The Post-Brexit Landscape | Garry Bergin
18-05-2022
Providing Protection in Ireland - The Post-Brexit Landscape | Garry Bergin
Two captivating topics for this week's interview. Executive Protection opportunities in the Republic of Ireland post-Brexit and taking academia to the next level with a Doctorate in Security focused on EP. This week we are thrilled to welcome Ireland ISRM Chapter Chair Garry Bergin to the podcast to look at: How can international operators find effective local partners? What opportunities for EP have emerged following company relocations to Ireland? How can you navigate the gap in the Irish EP licensing system as an operator? What qualifications will make you stand out and get noticed? What can we learn from Garry's ongoing Doctorate focussing on EP and security? About Garry: Garry Bergin PC; MSc; CSyP®; CPP®; CPOI®; FSyI; F.ISRM is a highly qualified and experienced security professional, with over two decades of security operations management experience across a variety of security industry sectors where he has managed some of the largest multi-national security contracts in Ireland. Garry holds an MSc in Security Management and is currently studying towards a Professional Doctorate at the University of Portsmouth focusing on the development of training programmes for the security industry internationally. He is a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) and an ASIS Board Certified CPP®. A Peace Commissioner appointed by the Irish Minister for Justice and Equality, he is a Fellow of both the Security Institute and the Institute of Strategic Risk Management (ISRM) as well as an IFPO Certified Protection Officer Instructor CPOI®. He is the former Vice-Chair of ASIS Ireland Chapter and current Chair of the ISRM Ireland Chapter. A Director, Board Member and Lecturer with the Security Institute of Ireland, Garry also serves as an Advisory Board Member to IFPO UK & Ireland. In 2021, Garry was ranked #11 by IFSEC in the Commercial Security (Thought Leader/ Academic/ Association Figure) category. Garry also won the Irish OSPA – Outstanding Security Consultant in 2002 (LinkedIn) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future.  (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry.  (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  (Circuit Magazine) (BBA Connect) (NABA Protector) (British Bodyguard Association)
Perfecting Your Next Swiss Operations | James Otigbah
27-04-2022
Perfecting Your Next Swiss Operations | James Otigbah
More than chocolate, clocks and mountains, operating in Switzerland can either be the most efficient EP experience you have ever had or one of the most expensive challenges depending on how much preparation you do - especially in advance of world events including Davos (the World Economic Forum) this May. Today we are delighted to welcome James Otigbah, CEO and founder of Excel Solutions to guide us through this seemingly smooth landscape to ask: How will most UHNW, Celebrity, Diplomatic and Corporate Clients require support in Switzerland at some stage in your career? What can a first time operator working in Davos expect? What licensing arrangements are necessary? How does the Swiss operating environment compare and contrast to other European locations? How can we effectively assess potential local partnerships? More about James: James Otigbah is the owner and director of Excel Security Solutions. A security company based in Gstaad Switzerland. We provide the full range of Security services to our clients in Switzerland as well as abroad He holds, among other qualifications, the widely recognised CPP certification of ASIS, a degree in Protective Security Management from the University of Buckinghamshire (UK), a Certificate in Terrorism Studies from the University of St. Andrews (UK) and a Certificate in Security Management from the University of Leicester (UK He has vast experience in the Executive Protection field having operated among others in most European countries, in African countries such as Libya, Somalia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tunisia, Egypt and South Africa; in Yemen and other Arab countries as well as in Mexico, the USA, Hong Kong and Thailand. He was attached to the Swiss Embassy as the Security Advisor/Third Secretary, from 2014 to 2016 in Nairobi Kenya where he was responsible for the security of the embassy, the ambassador and the staff, as well as for high level Swiss delegations on their visits to the region. His area of responsibility and operation were the countries of Kenya, Somalia, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda. (LinkedIn) (Excel Security Solutions) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future.  (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry.  (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  (Circuit Magazine) (BBA Connect) (NABA Protector) (British Bodyguard Association)
Veteran-preneurship and Building a Business after Leaving the Services | Scot Walker
20-04-2022
Veteran-preneurship and Building a Business after Leaving the Services | Scot Walker
Are you prepared to fail and fail again? How can former service personnel adapt their mindset to succeed not just in the private sector but in building a business of their own? Today's episode will resonate with a large proportion of the EP community who at one time or another have been an 'army of one'. We are very pleased to welcome Scot Walker, CEO and Founder of Walker and Associates to discuss: What is special about entrepreneurship within the veteran community? What do ex-service personnel have to teach the private sector about business? Does coming from a hierarchical background become an impediment to working in the private sector? Are there common pitfalls when selecting post-service career training? Should you replicate your military or police role in the private sector as a business? About Scot: Scot Walker started his journey of citizen service as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the military before being appointed as a Federal Criminal Investigator. Scot worked in multiple countries, collaborated with foreign police and intelligence agencies to identify and resolve considerable threats to U.S. citizens and military members. Assignments included serving on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and an International Smuggling Task Force. After more than 20-years of honorable service and numerous overseas deployments, Scot decided to focus on family and take his skills to Silicon Valley. Scot has worked with some of the most iconic technology brands on the planet as an investigator and consultant, helping them protect intellectual property, mitigate risks to employees, and reduce loss by uncovering the root cause of a problem. (LinkedIn) (Walker & Associates) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future.  (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry.  (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  (Circuit Magazine) (BBA Connect) (NABA Protector) (British Bodyguard Association)
[Short Circuit] Physical and Mental Fitness + Nutrition for Protectors | Levar Adams
13-04-2022
[Short Circuit] Physical and Mental Fitness + Nutrition for Protectors | Levar Adams
Should protectors still aspire to the bodybuilder, powerlifter stereotype? Does having a large frame make you more desirable to clients or will it ultimately hinder your progression in the industry? On this week's episode of the Short Circuit, Elijah is joined by Levar Adams, CEO and Founder of Defense & Logistics LLC. In this fast-moving and information-packed episode they delve into the role of fitness and nutrition in the security industry, exploring the following topics: Where should EP colleagues go to get advice on fitness? How can protectors train for endurance especially when they are in situ? What is the ideal diet for protectors? What can we learn from bodybuilding regimens? How can protectors avoid eating 'dead food' on the go? Are protein supplements actually important? About Levar: Levar Adams is the CEO of Defense & Logistics, LLC. He acts as the Operations Manager/Lead Combative Instructor through a Federal Law Enforcement Contract with Department of Homeland Security. Certified Law Enforcement Instructor for the National Weapons Detection Training Program (NWDTPI) and Counter-IED and Awareness from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, Close Protection Specialist, Physical Security Specialist, Critical Infrastructure Security Specialist. Martial Arts Instructor "Kenpotaijeetsu" (Sandan). Certified Dietitian/Sports Nutrition Specialist/Herbalist. (LinkedIn) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future.  (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry.  (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  (Circuit Magazine) (BBA Connect) (NABA Protector) (British Bodyguard Association)
Travel Risk Management and Complex Environments | Mac Segal
06-04-2022
Travel Risk Management and Complex Environments | Mac Segal
Can you coast along when travelling to some destinations but not others? Are there any non-challenging environments today? Fundamental travel risk questions with Mac Segal, CEO and Founder of the AHNA Group for this week's episode where we ask: What should the EP professional who has only worked in their home country do to get into international and more challenging location work? What does the skillset for working in a more challenging environment actually look like? Is a hot-zone really only appropriate to EP colleagues with a particular background? Is there a distinct difference between actually challenging environments and perceived challenging environments? How can we properly vet local partners in challenging areas and integrate them into the team? How can you advise your client not to go to a high risk environment with distinct threats to life? Are some of the previously 'non-complex' locations in Europe and the States now deserving of reclassification? Connect with Mac: (LinkedIn) (AHNA Group) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future.  (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry.  (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  (Circuit Magazine) (BBA Connect) (NABA Protector) (British Bodyguard Association)
Presilience and Managing Violence | Joe Saunders
30-03-2022
Presilience and Managing Violence | Joe Saunders
How often do Judo skills really pay the bills? How should protectors enhance their own de-escalation capabilities and what does the term Presilience mean? We were honoured to speak with Joe Saunders, Host of the Managing Violence Podcast, in person live in London as part of his European tour to answer questions including: To what extent is Presilience creative problem solving? What is the difference between resilience and Presilience? Do companies still treat compliance as the 'goal' rather than the baseline? How important is it to still have the skills of being able to deploy violence against aggressors anymore? Is there an application for managing your Principal and their expectations? How can we persuade potential aggressors that we are not good targets? Does everyone need to learn how to escape from a bear hug? How big a part of Presilience is de-escalation? If a self defence move takes more than 2 steps would the average person be able to remember it in a crisis? How should protectors operate in environments where use of force is prohibited? More about Joe Saunders: The Managing Violence Podcast was launched in 2018 by violence management specialist and lifelong martial artist, Joe Saunders. Having dedicated his working life to protecting the vulnerable and educating the world about the realities of violence, Joe established the Managing Violence Podcast as the preeminent destination for interviews with true global thought leaders in self-protection – from the hard skills to the soft skills and everything in between.   Joe Saunders started training martial arts at the age of four, created a “Playground Police” force to protect bullied kids at the age of six, and has been fascinated with violence management and protection ever since. As an undergraduate psychology student in Brisbane, Australia, Joe took a part-time job bouncing in local nightclubs. This exposure to real-world violence fanned the flames of his desire to protect and led him into roles including executive protection, armed protection, hospital security and senior violence management education roles.  Today, Joe works for one of Australia’s leading risk management consultancies, Risk 2 Solution. He is the State Manager for Victoria and Tasmania as well as the National Practise Lead for Occupational Violence and Aggression. He consults Federal and State government clients, as well as private enterprise on a full-time basis.  Connect to Joe:  LinkedIn:  (linkedin.com/in/joesaundersau) Managing Violence Podcast:  (violencepod.com) Presilience: (  (risk2solution.com) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future.  (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry.  (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  (Circuit Magazine) (BBA Connect) (NABA Protector) (British Bodyguard Association)
Diversity in Security | Dawn Holmes
23-03-2022
Diversity in Security | Dawn Holmes
Where are you going to find more talent? Whether or not there is a shortage, could we raise the whole industry by including professionals with diverse backgrounds as well as life experiences? Today we are very pleased to speak with Dawn Holmes on the eve of a Corporate Security Modernization conference dedicated to the Talent Pipeline. Join us as we ask Dawn: Do senior security managers currently all look 'the same? Are existing security leaders actually afraid of new talent challenging them? Is there a difference between diversity and inclusion? Do young professionals get disillusioned with the industry? Is routinely drawing new professionals with a background in the services a 'lazy' approach? How can we differentiate between a tick-box-exercise and actually being open to new talent? Can recruitment technology become a tool for unnecessarily discarding candidates and does it have a bias? To what extent does representation matter for the next generation? More about Dawn: Dawn is a Chartered Security Professional with 20 years experience working on breaking barriers in a male dominated Security industry. Dawn isn’t made out of the traditional security manager mould, but believes that being different has been beneficial more than it’s been a problem, but accepts that there is a need to make this profession more supportive and inclusive as others may not have the bandwidth to take on the additional aggravation for being different and leave the industry- leaving it poorer for their absence.  Throughout her career in Security Dawn has worked in several Women in Security, Young Professionals groups and with school leavers, supporting and encouraging others that are different that this a selling point and that if they give Security a chance they can succeed in a profession that is varied, dynamic, challenging and rewarding- and can break some moulds and change the representation of the profession whilst doing so. (LinkedIn) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future.  (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry.  (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  (Circuit Magazine) (BBA Connect) (NABA Protector) (British Bodyguard Association)