- LEADERSHIP -
Counter Terrorism Global Ltd.
Counter Terrorism Global Ltd. is directed by Richard Walton, former Commander at New Scotland Yard and Head of the Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) between 2011 - 2016, a period which involved the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic and Paralympic Games. Having spent the majority of his thirty year policing career in the field of counter terrorism, his expertise and experience are the foundations of Counter Terrorism Global's work.
Richard began his career at Paddington Green before joining Special Branch in 1989. He then served for five years in a variety of specialist roles including domestic extremism, Irish and International terrorism, close protection and the Anti-Terrorist Branch during the Provisional IRA bombings of the early 1990s. Over this period he was commended twice for preventing terrorist acts in the UK.
During the London underground bombings of 2005, he co-ordinated the police counter terrorism response in COBR, the government’s crisis centre. He subsequently undertook a review that recommended the merging of Special Branch with the Anti-Terrorist Branch leading to the creation of the Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) in 2006.
During his nearly five years as head of SO15, Richard travelled extensively to countries affected by terrorism, providing advice to governments in South and South East Asia, the Middle East and East Africa and speaking at international conferences on the subject of combating terrorism. Over this period, SO15 has extended its international reach, doubling the number of counter terrorism officers deployed overseas.
Richard Walton holds a BSc Hons degree in Policing and Police Studies from Portsmouth University and a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE). With the advent of Al Qaeda related international terrorism, he undertook a Bramshill scholarship studying the ‘impact of global terrorism on security’ comparing ‘threat based’ approaches to countering terrorism with ‘risk based’ approaches.
As lead for International Counter Terrorism policing, he has also travelled extensively to countries affected by terrorism, providing advice to governments in South and South East Asia, the Middle East, East Africa and more latterly Europe and is a regular speaker at international conferences on the subject of combating terrorism.
Richard Walton is a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and featured in the 2016 Debrett’s 500 of the most influential people in Britain in recognition of his contribution countering terrorism in 2015.
Counter Terrorism Global Ltd.
Marshall Kent BSc (Open) FCMI is a highly skilled and experienced security professional and senior police leader with over 30 years’ operational experience within the police, government and corporate sectors.
Marshall was the Senior Metropolitan Police operational lead – Detective Superintendent delivering Counter Terrorism Protective Security Operations based at New Scotland Yard between 2013 - 2016, responsible for specialised terrorist threat and risk assessments based upon intelligence. Leading on the strategy, operational responses, security plans, the deployment of covert security assets, safety guidance, hostile risk mitigation, assurance, preparedness, the management and coordination of public safety, protection of critical infrastructure and the planning and delivery of high profile security operations and major events with critical security partners in London, the UK and overseas.
Marshall led and managed the (Red Team) covert security testing of the highest profile, most sensitive venues, locations and events in London with the delivery of counter intelligence tactics and security testing operations. He is experienced in operating with the highest level of stakeholders and sensitive security issues in absolute confidence. He introduced and championed a robust process of supervision, risk assessment, management, checks and balances in operational delivery.
Based within the Home Office Olympic Security Directorate (OSCT Office for Security & Counter Terrorism) Marshall led the management of the Terrorist Threat to the London Olympics project, an assessment to identify the implications, their resolution and management in respect of a developing terrorist threat, threat level change or terrorist incident before or during the Games. He also led the development and design of a robust process of integration and assurance of all operational and security plans for the National Olympic Security Coordinator’s sign off to Government. As the Counter Terrorism Security Coordinator, he was responsible for the formulation and delivery of the security plan for the Heads of State & Government Reception at Buckingham Palace on the Olympic Opening Ceremony night; this event remains the largest ever VIP security and protection operation in the UK.
Marshall had responsibility for over 500 events per year and led high profile physical security reviews, investigations, risk assessments and quality assurance of security at sensitive locations, the movement of protected individuals and protective security operations in light of specific threats and terrorist events within the UK and overseas. (Royal Events, Palaces, Government & Diplomatic premises, and a post attack protective security review of In Amenas).
Marshall has experience within the corporate sector with the City of London Corporation driving changes and improvements in the delivery of corporate security strategy and linked operational delivery, board level threat recognition, ownership and risk mitigations. He has also undertaken security reviews, prioritised assets and advised in respect of the delivery of State Visits and delivered threat briefings and corporate level test and exercise processes to highlight areas for change and improvement.
In December 2016, Marshall was selected as a Specialist (Associate) HMIC Inspector in respect of Counter Terrorism Policing. In February 2017 Marshall was appointed by the Home Office (Office for Security & Counter Terrorism OSCT) as a Security Advisor to the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace.
Vetting: Marshall is currently ‘SC’ Cleared having been previously vetted at enhanced DV levels.