Public Affairs, Engagement, Strategy

Managing risk is also often a process of managing perceptions. It is about listening to stakeholder concerns and adapting to the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. It is also about communicating with the right groups in a way that is both accessible and sustainable.

Any project or development that has an impact on local lives, political events and economic benefit must operate in a permissive environment. This may mean engagement with Government at national and local level, trades unions, communities and interest groups. Imposing physical security measures as an alternative to a social licence to operate may yield short term results but will ultimately fail.

We have great experience in identifying the critical issues, as well as people who, if addressed appropriately, will assist in the smooth running of projects.

We can provide a public affairs function for companies taking their first step into overseas transactions or investments. We have assisted mining, agricultural and pharmaceutical companies with their Government engagement strategies.

Personal Profile

Paul Bell


Paul has a background in engineering and board level management gained in the construction, engineering and automotive sectors. Raised in Zambia and educated at Trinity Dublin, he brings a wealth of experience to the board. Prior to joining Henderson Paul was Chairman of Grey Security Services in the UK and established a joint venture with Bell Technologies that focused on the delivery of remote site security management.

Duncan Bullivant

Group CEO

Duncan founded and built the Group. Prior to his business career he spent 17 years in public service as an Officer in the British Army and with the FCO. Over the years he has spent considerable time involved in the delivery of all the current service offerings in the company. He has spent considerable time living or working in the Balkans and Africa.

Rupert Matthews

Group CFO

Rupert is a Deloitte trained Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. He has advised the Board since 2013 and has been a member of the Board since 2017.

Martin Tickle

Group Executive Coordinator

Martin joined the Group in 2012 as an Operations Manager and joined the Board in 2017. A former officer in the Royal Navy, Martin has a background in intelligence and currently has operational oversight of Group consulting services.

Peter Ratcliffe

DCM, Director

Peter joined the Group in 2008 as an Operations Manager and joined the Board in 2017. A former RSM of the Special Air Service, Peter brings huge experience and applied common sense to numerous complex situations.

Ian Currie

COO Asset Protection

Ian has nearly two decades of corporate security experience gained both as a service provider and ‘in house’ in the extractives sector in senior security risk management posts. Ian is based in Kosovo and has responsibility for the driving of delivery standards within our Asset Protection projects in the Balkans and Africa. Prior to entering the Corporate world Ian served for many years with the elite French Foreign Legion Parachute Regiment.

Meet the Team

Insight, Protection, Recovery