THE SCEG TEAM
- PAUL GIBSON DSO MBE
- BRINLEY SALZMANN
DIRECTOR OVERSEAS & EXPORTS ADS
- GILL WHELAN
SCEG EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE INDUSTRY MEMBERS
GRAHAM KERR – SCEG CHAIRMAN
Graham Kerr was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1969 having spent two years at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He enjoyed a full career in the Army, retiring in 2004 as a Brigadier. The highlights were: serving as a Troop and Squadron Commander with 22 SAS; having the privilege of commanding 29 Commando Regiment RA (his first Regiment as a junior officer); some demanding staff appointments at every level; and gaining wide ranging operational experience in the Middle East, Northern Ireland and the Balkans. His final tour was for 3 years as Commander of the British Military Mission in Kuwait, which reinforced his level of experience of operating in the Middle East. Having attended a variety of staff training courses (Staff College, Higher Command and Staff Course and the Royal College of Defence Studies), as well as obtaining a MBA, he is equipped to deal with tactical, operational and strategic level issues. Since leaving the Army Kerr has worked for Hart Security; firstly, as the Regional Managing Director (Middle East) and then for two years as the Chief Operations Officer. Currently he is based in Cyprus and is the Company’s Chief Administrative Officer dealing with proposal writing, strategic planning, due diligence issues and the development of an international code of conduct and its follow on work. Most recently he has spent much time steering the Company to achieve certification in PSC1, ISO 28007 and ISO 9001
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 – 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)
GILL WHELAN – SCEG ADMINISTRATOR
Gill is an enthusiastic, energetic and innovative individual who brings to SCEG a wealth of experience in the defence and security sector having previously worked as an Executive Assistant to both Managing Directors and Senior Military Officers. With her previous military service and her training as a Close Protection Officer she also understands the demands of the security sector from an operator’s perspective.
Gill is passionate about the development of SCEG and is looking forward to supporting the Director of the SCEG, Brigadier Paul Gibson, to provide an outstanding service to SCEG members and the wider stakeholder community.
Gill is bilingual in Spanish and is a qualified Personal Trainer.
Last updated Sept 2018