Our People

Our people and their interaction with our clients define the company. Of course we have developed considerable corporate knowledge and intellectual property over the years but this is worthless unless delivered by the right person.

Across all our operations and projects we work hard to find the right combination of character, experience and capability to suit the task and the client.

Our management team is dynamic and flexible. At the strategic and consulting level we draw on people who have high levels of academic and professional achievement underscored with real life experience. At the sharper end of the business where actions are currency we employ experience gained in elite military organisations, intelligence agencies and high risk corporate security environments.

Our Board


Paul Bell, Chairman

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.

Our Advisory Panel


Paul Cornish

Paul is a Cambridge based academic who is engaged in various defence and national level security initiatives. He has developed considerable knowledge of the strategic and operational challenges of effective Cyber security. An advisor to the UK and other Governments Paul is also highly regarded as a strategic planner and brings exceptional experience and contacts to our team.


Matt Straker

Matt Straker was the former second in command of the Special Air Service Regiment and was Deputy Director of NATO Special Forces operations in Afghanistan. A highly experienced ‘problem solver’ Matt has worked for HRL for over 10 years and was instrumental in resolving one of our more tricky cases on the Afghan/Pakistan border.  Hugely diplomatic and resourceful individual.


Mike Pullen

Mike is a former DLA Piper partner who specialises in complex regulatory law issues, including contentious competition law disputes, public international law issues and investigations into issues such as fraud, money laundering; sanctions busting; export control, data protection, and cyber issues. Mike has been involved in issues management in numerous countries throughout the Middle East and Africa over the years. He is a very practical and astute lawyer who operates from Carter Ruck LLP.

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