International Network of Security Experts

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

Managing Director
Lt. Gen (Retd) 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 planning and managing comprehensive civil-military campaigns, counter-insurgency, governance, stabilisation and peace-building. He is now the Managing Director of Othrys Ltd, an ethical International Security Consultancy.

Networks Director
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.

Innovation Director
Tarquin Folliss OBE

Tarquin spent 32 years in government service, five in the military and 27 as a diplomat, specialising in security and intelligence policy and counter-terrorism. An expert on managing complex operations in challenging environments, he worked in Europe and the Middle East, and most recently in the Asia Pacific region, where he ran the regional network and was responsible for coordinating security policy and developing relations with regional governments. In the past four years, he has worked in the private sector focusing on cyber and digital resilience and delivering capability training to governments. Tarquin gives talks on the human dimension of the cyber threat and on introducing complex technical operations into hostile environments.

Chief of Staff
Robin Laird

Robin served as a senior officer with the British Police for 25 years, specialising in national inspections of forces, working closely with senior commanders and the Home Office ensuring policing and investigatory standards were maintained. His national crime-recording inspection has driven up standards in recorded crime figures and improved service to victims of crime, particularly victims of sexual crime. Robin brought his experience of service improvement in the British Police to developing crime investigation standards in the UAE.

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.

The 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.