He has been a leader in a number of Public-Private Sector Partnerships (PPP) involving UK government departments, the US State Department, the European Union, the World Customs Organisation, INTERPOL and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. He was the principal architect of the Security Information Service for Business Overseas (SISBO), a British equivalent of the US State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), and was its first business co-chairman.
David has almost 30 years’ experience in the private security sector after retiring early from a distinguished military career where his many key roles included Deputy Director Intelligence Corps and Chief of Staff Intelligence & Security Centre of the UK Armed Forces. In retirement, he was given the honorary appointment of Deputy Colonel Commandant Intelligence Corps. He became Chief Security Officer at BAT Industries, a manufacturing and insurance industry conglomerate, later to become British American Tobacco (BAT) – an FTSE top 5company with presence in over 180 countries. Under David’s 14 years stewardship, BAT became recognized (through independent research) as the international benchmark company for corporate security.
On retiring from BAT, David co-founded and worked for the BurrillGreen security consultancy from 2006 until 2020 providing a range of services to corporate clients through his global network.
David’s association with Africa started as an Army Lieutenant with deployments in Kenya, Swaziland, South Africa and Mozambique and he has visited regularly developing a regionwide working knowledge and network. In BAT he had full commercial security responsibility (including information, IT and cybersecurity) and has overseen operations including country business security threat assessments (for most African countries), due diligence, counter fraud, corruption, extortion, personnel security including VIP protection, evacuation, cash protection in hostile locations and anti-illicit trade.In addition to these services, BurrillGreen also completed projects to establish value add internal security departments, investigations, training, search & selection for country/area/regional security manager positions and mentoring. David continues to mentor a number of CSOs in the Region.