Steve McCann, Security & Risk Assessment Specialist
Steve is an experienced and practical security and programme support specialist in the humanitarian & development sectors, with additional commercial, UN and military experience. He has a real commitment to security, programme and process improvement as well as the vision to provide the platform to deliver innovative support services. Steve ensures that Safer Edge provides the correct security and programming solutions for our clients, and leads the coordination of our responses either directly or through the Safer Edge consulting team.
Steve’s army career saw him responsible for troop logistics whilst his post-military life has included working in logistics and security for the UN. Steve has also worked as a Project Manager in the design and construction industry and as an award-winning Training Consultant. He is Non-Executive Director to KO2, a community interest company working with underprivileged children in the UK and Kenya. Steve spends several weeks each year in the field with clients to ensure practical currency in his profession.
Brennan Dwyer, Operations Director & Security Specialist
Brennan Dwyer has focused on operations and change management with previous experience in the military, intelligence, security and insurance sectors. Roles have included designing, co-ordinating and delivering wide ranging structural change to implementing new technologies and ways of working. This recently included media and communications training in Afghanistan.
His background in business development allows us to consider the organisation as well as the individual and build duty of care as an essential business development opportunity rather than a sterile requirement. With a strong belief in the need for companies to continually develop their staff, Brennan also has an MBA from London Business School.
Jo Goldsmith, Operations & Security Specialist
An experienced humanitarian and security specialist, with a broad knowledge and expertise in complex working environments where challenges are numerous, such as Pakistan, Sudan, DRC, Chad, Myanmar and DPRK. Jo has a strong understanding of the current security requirements and likely future challenges facing relief and development organisations, and has an ability to see the big picture whilst ensuring detail in complex issues. She has worked closely alongside a wide variety of humanitarian, development, UN and governmental organisations through many coordination and security advisory roles, undertaking a number of collaborative, network-based projects.
Jo is an accomplished security advisor, facilitator, and trainer whose skills in the classroom are based on field experience, utilising participation, group activities and discussion as key mechanisms for learning and development. She also demonstrates an analytical competence and ability to synthesise findings and recommendations in security audits, strategic proposal development, security management framework development and the production of guidelines and policies.
Louise Faulkner, Programme Support Manager
Louise brings over ten years experience across a variety of business streams for companies operating in the UK and internationally. A multilingual professional, her extensive range of skills extend from managing multiple projects to marketing and event management in both the private and public sectors.
Louise is an enthusiastic team player who assists company Directors and Consultants with the planning, scheduling and oversight of our various programmes. Her role includes research, marketing and building relationships with key clients to support business growth. Louise has a BA (Hons) degree in Business Studies with French.
Daiva Pakalne, Finance Manager
Over 20 years of experience has taught Daiva that talk is cheap; coming to the table prepared to take action is priceless. Daiva is one of the few people in the world who neither fears deadlines nor waits for them – she prefers to get the job done immediately and without fanfare. That willingness to neatly file away dozens of necessary daily tasks, manage multiple projects without missing a beat, and swiftly resolve problems the instant they arise has made Daiva an outstanding support team member.
She is PC-savvy with ample experience in administration, project management and coordination in the private and public sectors – finance and accounting, retail and marketing, office management, and customer service. Daiva has worked in a variety of industries, from leisure and catering to education, from construction to interior design, before turning her hand to the humanitarian sector.
Nisha Kaduskar, Learning & Development Specialist
Nisha Kaduskar is a INGO security specialist. Having worked in a variety of contexts in East Africa, she brings to her trainings experience energy and humour.
She has just returned from three years in Sudan, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia/Somaliland, and it is this up to date experience coupled with five years experience of community based enquiry that enables her to offer a unique insight into the design and delivery of field and country based security. Nisha believes that hands on practical and dynamic training must be supported with best- practice theory.
Before heading overseas to work in the INGO sector, Nisha previously worked in the UK for several not-for-profit organisations including, The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, The Civic Trust, the Stephen Lawrence Foundation Trust, as well as several Ministries in Whitehall designing and facilitating community-led workshops and as a guest lecturer at various forums, community groups and regional initiatives encouraging and nurturing new talent.
Ryan Archer, Security Analyst & Client Manager
Ryan gained a BA in International Relations and Politics, in which he covered a variety of topics including: contemporary politics, terrorism, and security studies. Following this Ryan took an MA in Global Contemporary Security at the University of Sheffield where he achieved a Merit. Whilst studying he specialised in Middle Eastern Security and produced a dissertation that examined the role of Western intervention in the Arab Spring.
Prior to working at Safer Edge, Ryan worked as an analyst for a London based Corporate Intelligence firm and as a security analyst for a leading INGO. He delivered a range of intelligence products that provided insight into political and security developments in several regions. Ryan has developed strong skills in open-source research, NGO risk management and report writing, with his work contributing to the security and safety of the charities staff and beneficiaries.
Ian Lyden, Security Practitioner
Ian is an experienced security and training specialist having plied his trade in six continents over the past thirty years. With previous experience in the British military and then a number of years with both UK and American government security agencies he has gathered a wealth of hands-on experience in difficult and adverse environments that demand a flexible and dynamic approach to problem solving. Ian worked closely with a variety of humanitarian, government, development and UN organisations during this time and now brings this experience and knowledge to Safer Edge. Countries worked in include: Nigeria, Tanzania, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon, Algeria, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Guyana, Columbia, Belize, Guatemala and Sarawak.
Whether the task be training local and international staff in security matters or advising clients on the optimimum solution for their particular circumstances, his attention to detail, focussed planning and inclusive style inevitably deliver the results required. He believes that every task is unique and deserves to be treated as such, with total focus and maximum effort given to ensure the best possible outcome for all involved.
Diego Guerrero Oris, Security Consultant
Diego Guerrero-Oris has wide-ranging experience working from transitional, conflict and post-conflict contexts focus on political and security analysis, humanitarian assistance and development, governance and political process in sub-Saharan Africa and Maghreb, Middle East, Asia and Latin America with MSF, Oxfam as well as in election processes with United Nations and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Diego has demonstrated extensive expertise on security analysis and complex environments where he has been working closely with international and national organizations and national institutions coordinating actions and formulate recommendations and conclusions accordingly. He also has solid practice as facilitator and trainer as well as in project cycle management, organizational planning and monitoring and evaluation.
Khalid Saeed, Security Consultant
Khalid Saeed has vast and versatile experience in the field of Risk Management while worked in government sector (as personal staff officer to the Prime Ministers of the Pakistan & in Pakistan Army), private and multinational set ups (United Nations, USA, UK & GERMAN Organizations). Khalid was involved in relocation of UN, CARE and GIZ/KFW staff within Pakistan. As a consultant he dealt with crisis like kidnapping of international and national staff, medical evacuation, serious road accidents and retention of staff by the law enforcement agencies. Being part of Safer Edge along with an expat consultant imparted crisis management training to British Council and Brooke in Pakistan. Khalid provided security and logistic support to Global Fund investigation mission comprising expats in Pakistan. He also supports multinational organizations smoothing their relations and official work with the government of Pakistan and intelligence agencies. He is an expert on providing security briefings & Security cover to expats in Pakistan.