International Network of Security Experts

An International Network Of Security Experts Led by Former British Army and Intelligence Strategists

Managing Director
Phil Jones CB CBE DL

Phil Jones served for 36 years in the British Army, departing the service as a Lieutenant General. With over 15 international deployments, including three secondments to the UN and two to NATO in leadership roles, he gained operational experience in most of the major military campaigns of the past 30 years. Senior positions included Brigade Commander in Northern Ireland, Military Advisor to the UN in Afghanistan, Military Attaché in Washington D.C., Director of the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Programme, the first Chief of Staff to the new UK Joint Forces Command within the Ministry of Defence, and Chief of Staff for NATO’s Supreme Headquaters Allied Command for Transformation. Phil has extensive experience in international affairs and diplomacy; strategy development and implementation; strategic leadership of change and transformation; planning, leading and managing campaigns; international governance, stabilisation and peace-building. 

Director (Founder) Networks, Information and Intelligence
Andrew Brear

Serving in operational, liaison and leadership roles, Andy has over 20 years of experience as a British diplomat specialising in intelligence and security. He was deployed to Pakistan and Afghanistan several times between 1999 and 2011 and held diplomatic posts in Northern and Southern Europe, Latin America, and South Asia. In the late 1990s, Andy was seconded to the Ministry of Defence in a counter-terrorism operational role and later to GCHQ as an operational adviser. He also served as a Deployable Civilian Expert of the British Government’s Stabilisation Unit. An expert in cross-cultural communication, intelligence capability building, and the application of security technologies, Andy has delivered security advisory services to governments in Europe, the Middle East, East Africa and the Gulf.

Director Technology and Innovation
Seamus Tucker CMG OBE

Seamus spent thirty years working for the British Government. He served overseas with the Foreign Office in Eastern Europe, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia and the United States. He specialised in national security issues; counter-terrorism, organised crime and state threats. In the UK he spent time in the Home Office where he led the CT Science & Technology unit and the CBRNE unit, providing security support for the 2012 Olympics. In the latter part of his Civil Service career his focus was on delivery of cyber security and digital transformation programmes.

Seamus is a graduate of the Civil Service High Performance Development Scheme (HPDS) and of the UK Defence High Command Staff Course (HCSC). He received a CMG for services to National Security in 2019.

Director High Trust Search Tim Cook

Based in London, but operating internationally, Tim Cook has 20 years of executive search and assessment experience, covering both Egon Zehnder and Russell Reynolds where Tim co-led the Global Cyber and CIO Practices before setting up Kafue Consultants. Tim is focused on helping clients understand what good looks like in digital as well as cyber security leadership. He has previous experience in both large and small-scale technology companies, from time spent at Fujitsu Services and Cherwell Scientific, where he was the CEO. Earlier in his career, Tim served in the UK MOD. Tim’s work has covered Cyber as well as CIO, CTO and other senior digital roles in analytics. He has worked across most sectors and geographies on both search and assessment projects. Tim invented a maturity model for cyber security leadership called CIRO (Cyber and Information Risk Officers) to help organisations and individuals understand what good looks like in cyber leadership, this has been widely used internationally in search and assessment assignments. Tim has a degree in English Literature, a postgrad diploma from the LSE, an MBA from London Business School, and an MSc from UCL.

Chief of Staff
Tim Brear

After graduating Tim served an (extended) short service Commission in The Duke of Wellingtons Regiment, spending time in Gibraltar, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Canada and Germany. After the military, Tim spent a brief period in Executive Search and Recruitment, followed by 25 years in Financial Services, playing a major role in founding and building 3 businesses in the sector. In the past 3 years Tim has been to Sierra Leone, Mozambique and the Bahamas as a liaison officer with RE:ACT Disaster Response, building relationships with Governments, communities and other disaster response organisations in the regions, during the response to ‘natural’ disasters.  He  was leading the 2020 African rugby coaching project for www.bpfafrica.org in the spring of 2020 when Covid 19 called for a hasty withdrawal!

Head of Legal
Dominic Prentis

A French-English bilingual lawyer for nearly twenty years, Dominic has wide-ranging transactional and operational experience in the CIS, Africa and Europe. He advises companies and their owners on cross-border transactions and operations working closely with local counterparts to ensure that commercial objectives are achieved in compliance with applicable laws. He advises listed companies and London Stock Exchange advisers on corporate governance and regulatory issues.

Our Associates

A discreet international web of associates, the Othrys network includes experts on defence, security, diplomacy, intelligence, strategy, risk analysis, management consulting, training and the military. We can currently call on Arabic, Chinese, Russian, French, German, Spanish, Danish, Kurdish, Mongolian, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish and Hebrew speakers. Associates in the network are former ambassadors, intelligence and security officers, military attachés, risk analysts, senior police officers, HM inspectors of constabulary, special forces personnel, and subject-matter experts on investigations, strategic communications and information, cyber security, crisis media communications, counter-terrorism, counter-extremism, and various other security-related fields.