The SCEG Team

THE SCEG TEAM

  • ANDREW VARNEY
    SCEG CHAIRMAN
  • GRAHAM KERR, SCEG VICE CHAIRMAN
  • PAUL GIBSON DSO MBE
    DIRECTOR SCEG
  • BRINLEY SALZMANN
    DIRECTOR OVERSEAS & EXPORTS ADS
  • KATRINE GIBSON
    SCEG SECRETARY

av ANDREW VARNEY – SCEG CHAIRMAN

Andrew entered the private security industry in 2010 on completion of an accomplished twenty five year career in the Royal Marines. He served his commercial apprenticeship as a strategic project manager for a large maritime and offshore security company before establishing Port2Port Maritime in 2011. He developed the company to become a leading provider of maritime security services worldwide, culminating his directorship of the company with its successful merger and exit in 2016.

As Chief Operating Officer for Ambrey International, he maintains overarching responsibility for company performance providing the strategic vision for growth within the Gulf of Guinea littoral and wider global security risk management sector.

As the Chairman of the Security in Complex Environments Group (SCEG) he is the interface with its members, supporting the organisation to deliver and maintain industry standards through best practice and partnership with the UK Government to help inform, shape and influence the future of the UK and international security industry both land and maritime.

Paul Gibson PAUL GIBSON DSO MBE – DIRECTOR SCEG

Paul has extensive experience in the defence and security sectors both from the practitioner’s perspective and at the highest strategic level including policy-making within government and the private sector.

Paul Gibson feels passionately about the vital work being undertaken by SCEG in partnership with Her Majesty’s Government to develop and implement regulation for the UK Private Security Sector. He is a counter terrorism, threat evaluation and risk mitigation expert, with a specialist interest in counter piracy.

His military career culminated as Director Counter Terrorism and UK operations, where he was responsible for global threat evaluation and UK contingency operations and crisis management. He enjoyed a distinguished military career, where he was known as an ambitious pragmatist with risk mitigation as a trademark. He commanded 4th Armoured Brigade (the Black Rats) in southern Iraq and 1PARA on 3 high profile operations including Kosovo and Sierra Leone. He was awarded the DSO and QCVS whilst in command of 1PARA, and an MBE for his work on counter terrorism.

His advice is valued at the highest levels and he has been a frequent participant at the government’s emergency response committee COBRA, where he advised the Prime Minister and a range of other government ministers. He is a respected defence commentator for The Times and a regular contributor to the BBC. As a defence and security consultant Paul Gibson is highly focused on helping companies to save money for example by increasing understanding about the threats to their operations and implementing risk mitigation measures to bring down costs and insurance premiums by lowering risk through practical counter measures.

BRINLEY SALZMANN BRINLEY SALZMANN – DIRECTOR OVERSEAS & EXPORTS ADS

Brinley joined the Defence Manufacturers Association (DMA), initially on a temporary basis, in July 1985, having graduated from  Sheffield University with a BA in Ancient History & Classical Civilisation. He worked for the DMA in a number of roles, before being appointed to the position of Exports Director in June 1999. In October 2009, following the creation of ADS through the merger of the DMA, APPSS and SBAC, he became the new organisation’s Director, Overseas & Exports.

The vast majority of his work constitutes providing offset, industrial participation and export controls-related help, advice and assistance to British companies. In this capacity he acts as Secretary to the Export Group for Aerospace, Defence & Dual Use (EGADD), and the United Kingdom Offset Operations Group (UKOOG) special interest groups.

As Secretary to EGADD, he provides help and advice to companies on export control matters and liaises closely with the Export Control Organisation (ECO), Ministry of Defence (UK), Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Department For International Development (DFID) and Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), as well as with other industry bodies and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). He sits on a number of export control related groups, including the joint Government-Industry Export Control Advisory Committee (ECAC) and is the Secretary of  a Section 5 prohibited firearms special interest group, and the United Kingdom Offset Strategy Group (UKOSG). He is also a Member of the London Countertrade Roundtable (LCR).