Internationally renowned counter-terrorism expert Sir David Veness CBE QPM has joined global security specialist Pilgrims Group in the role of senior advisor.
Formerly Under-Secretary General of the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), the body responsible for the global security of UN staff and operations, Sir David will further enhance Pilgrims Group’s capacity and capabilities in overseas security operations across both the public and private sectors.
Pilgrims Group (which provides training and security to Government bodies, NGOs and private companies in countries including the UK, USA, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Algeria, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Pakistan and Kuwait) has experienced between 15% and 30% growth annually over the last 16 years and built an impressive track record protecting its clients in countries with challenging political environments, including a 100% safety record globally.
Development at home and abroad
Sir David Veness boasts vast experience, having held the role of Assistant Commissioner (Specialist Operations) at New Scotland Yard from 1994 to 2005 where he dealt with counter-terrorism and security issues.
“I’m impressed by the high quality team at Pilgrims Group and the leadership of the company,” commented Sir David. “As a senior advisor, I’m looking forward to contributing towards the development of the Group at home and abroad. In particular, I’m keen to support the exemplary security role Pilgrims Group plays in this industry, which has already been recognised by a series of awards.”
Sir David is an Honorary Professor of Terrorism Studies at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, Chairman of the London First Advisory Board on Security and Resilience and Co-Chairman of the Executive Board of the Cross Sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) programme.
Speaking about Sir David’s appointment, Pilgrims Group managing director Bill Freear explained: “We’re absolutely delighted to announce that Sir David Veness has joined the team. Sir David’s knowledge of how markets are affected by global terrorism and his experience of policing and international staff safety and security at the highest level will be invaluable to our strategic planning, and is set to further benefit our clients across all sectors.”
Freear continued: “Sir David’s decision to join Pilgrims demonstrates that he believes in our team and the standards we represent. He sees the continuation of Pilgrims’ strategic growth, both within the UK and across overseas security and risk management markets.”