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Ali Mahmood Mohamed Ali | Banking liasion Director 

 Ali, is a graduate with a BSc and MBA in business management who had a highly successful career as a senior banker with household name international banks before entering the commercial world as an independant entrepreneur.


Ali's' deep knowlege of Middle Eastern financial services markets and banking structures provides Blackthorn with the insights neccessary to develop a range of innovative and imaginative services which are recognised as market leaders accross the region.   Ali is also a shareholder in the Blackthorn Consultancy (Bahrain).

  Advisors & Partners.   Associate Consultants.

Board of Advisors & Partners.

Our advisors and partners include household names from the senior echelons of London's Metropoitan Police (Scotland Yard), other UK and international Police services, emergency planning, blue chip industry, the legal profession, banking and the British military establishment.


Our advisors & partners are constantly on hand to play active and supportive roles in both corporate and operational decision making.   This wealth of international experience provides the foundation and resources for Blackthorn to undertake major projects aywhere in the world.   The advisors & partners play an invaluable role in providing reassurance and diplomatic confidence to clients in our Government Services portfolio.


Associate Consultants.

At a tactical level our panel of Associate Consultants are at the cutting edge of service provision working with clients under the supervision of a member of the leadership team.   With decades of practical international experience and solid professional backgrounds our associates come from diverse fields including;

  • The oil & Gas industry.
  • The banking and financial sectors
  • The British Army.
  • Royal Marines
  • The nursing profession
  • British and foreign special forces.
  • Aviation
  • Policing.
  • Helicopter Search & Rescue operations.
  • IT and cyber security




The Blackthorn Leadership Team

'AJ' B |  Safety & Security Strategist.

'AJ', one of our female consultants, had a highly successful early career in intelligence and communications before going on to serve as a police officer using a similar skill set.


Since moving into the private sector AJ has worked for security organisations in hostile environments managing facilities, logistics, communications and procurement. She held operations management / site management positions and was project manager on a US Government contract spanning Bahrain and the UAE.


More recently 'AJ' has been based in Bahrain focussed  on Health & Safety projects in the constrution and hospitality sectors, a field in which she is professionally NEBOSH qualified.

Jurg Dahler 

Training Director - Maritime Security & Underwater Operations. 


Initially serving in the Swiss army Jurg transferred to the National Border Guard as a law enforcement officer.   Working at the cross roads of Europe he dealt with a wide range of challenges including narcotics, human trafficking and the surveillance of cross-border international criminals.


Based in Cyprus running specialist maritime and underwater operations training Jurg is course director & technical instructor responsible for developing skills and techniques for highly skilled military operators including the British and Bahraini armed forces.


Jurg has demonstrated a wide range of leadership and organisational skills in the planning, organisation and execution of maritime and land-based security missions internationally.


Fluent in German, French and English Jurg is a widely experienced training and development professional focussed on maritime and terrestrial security operations.    

Roland 'Roly' Cronshaw| Senior Human Factors CRM and Aviation advisor.


Roly is an acknowledged industry leader in human factors Crew Resource Management (CRM). A proven safety tool in aviation, medical and emergency services training and teambuilding which can be hugely beneficial when applied to security and emergency response teams.


Following an early career with the British Army, Roly spent a significant period with the Sultan of Oman’s Airforce where he was involved in supporting the development of military aviation. Roly then flew commercial airliners as a captain for several years before joining BAe Systems as Head of Training responsible for CRM and other training world-wide.


Designing and delivering CRM courses across Europe, Africa and Asia, Roly also worked closely as a specialist consultant with the UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch. As a CRM expert Roly specialises in building company-based courses covering leadership and team building synergies, effective communication, information acquisition and processing, stress and fatigue management, decision making and human error detection and prevention.





Don MacLeod |                                                                      Security risk & organisational leadership expert .          

Educated at the University of Oxford, Don originally served in the New Zealand and Canadian armies retiring as Commanding Officer of the Ottawa Military District  having previously been Commanding Officer of the Governor General's Foot Guards.

Don went on to join the Canadian foreign service as a diplomat and served in a range of countries before joining G4S the global security company where he held a number of directorships .


Don has wide security consultancy  experience  and is a globally respected organisational management expert

Alfiya Alymbekova | Client relations executive - Russian speaking markets.

A double masters graduate in Business economics and marketing, Alfiya studied in the FSU and UK.    Dividing her time between the UK and Bahrain offices Alfiya is responsible for client relations and commercial develpment.


As a fluent Russian linguist with a deep understanding of Central Asian markets Alfiya plays a central role working with clients in the Caspian energy sector and major Russian oil & gas operators wishing to do business in the Middle East. 





Andrew Stephenson | General Manager - UK

Since September 2019 Andrew has overseen our development into UK markets and leads our British operation.   Andrew has an extensive background of leadership, training and strategic security planning in the military, government and law enforcement sectors.   

Andrew has wide experience of working with the public sector  and Government Ministries and is a subject matter expert on manned security structuring, organisation and operations. 


Andrew describes himself as a countryman at heart and is extremely excited about the prospect of managing our rural practice based in the Yorkshire dales.. 



At Blackthorn we understand that every project has uniquely different needs.   Our leadership team is supported by an international panel of advisors and associates with a wide combination of backgrounds and skills providing a comprehensive approach to risk, emergency planning & security management.

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