ILS was founded by George and Rebecca in 2010. The aim was to deliver quality security consultancy services to International Organisations, using the wealth of knowledge and experience they’d gained from working with NGOs in post-conflict environments and other complex settings. Since then, the team has grown significantly and we are extremely proud to employ such a unique team of professionals.
George has led the development of ILS from its inception in 2010. He maintains oversight of all ILS’ service delivery and business development, with a specific focus on our Global Learning Programme. George has worked in aid and development since 2003, in both strategic and operational roles, in the UK and in various complex and post conflict settings around the world.
Rebecca has led the strategic development of ILS since our inception. Today she oversees various functions of the business including strategic development and growth, financial management and sector engagement. She has a varied background including working in international development programmes in countries including Kenya, Ethiopia, India, Egypt and Pakistan.
Helen looks after our finance function. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2008 with SayerVincent, she then worked at BDO LLP with a focus on NFP, before moving into the commercial sector. She joined us after a contract at a national charity and brings with her a wealth of systems and compliance experience as we continue to grow.
Leandro oversees the development and delivery of ILS global training programme. He joins ILS following a period of time working in academia and as an L&D consultant within the Human Rights, Democracy and Election Observation space. Prior to that he spent 8 years as an Election Monitor in a range of complex environments. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish and has worked in 18 different countries over the past 10 years.
Cat leads our operational management function. With over 18 years' experience in the international development sector, she has extensive programme management, compliance, and programme quality experience. She has lived and worked in Rwanda, Madagascar, Tanzania, and Zambia to support and deliver health, rights and environmental programmes in partnership with local community and NGOs. Prior to joining ILS, Cat worked for an HIV and rights based organisation in the UK as programme specialist, leading programmes in MENA, Southern Africa, Haiti, South Sudan and Kenya. She is also an experienced risk manager, bringing strategic and practical thinking to organisational, programmatic and people risk management.
Joe oversees the risk advisory team delivering projects to our global clients. Prior to joining ILS, he worked for 7 years in the humanitarian mine action sector including 4 years with the HALO trust in Southern Africa, South Asia and the Middle East and as an independent consultant for UNDP and Danish Refugee Council/Danish De-mining Group among others.
Beth is a member of the Risk Advisory team and one of our security trainers. With over 15 years' experience in the operational delivery and management of overseas travel safety and security, she has worked in partnership with many humanitarian and environmental NGOs to deliver safe and effective programme visits in complex environments. Prior to joining ILS, Beth ran her own company setting up long-term, sustainable partnerships between corporate and educational groups with NGO partners in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
Dan delivers risk advisory projects to our clients in the UK and the field. Prior to joining ILS, Dan worked as a Global Security Officer for Voluntary Service Overseas, and has extensive experience from his time in the British Armed Forces and maritime security.
Beth delivers training and supports the development and operations of the ILS training programme. Before joining ILS, Beth worked for a number of INGOs including Comic Relief and the Prince's Trust International in a safety and security capacity. Having previously worked in refugee camps and international development contexts around the world, she has a background in psychosocial support, disaster risk reduction and volunteer management.
Alice holds an LLM in International Law and Global Justice. Her studies in Humanitarian law saw her research the standing of state and non-state actors in conflict scenarios, women in peacekeeping, and the legality of the 2003 occupation of Iraq. Other areas of focus include Migration Policy and Refugee Law. Alice also has experience of legal research for criminal justice organisations, in both the UK and USA.
Imogen Wall delivers our Field Resilience & Stress Management Training; a mental health trainer and qualified therapist specialising in staff welfare and crisis management, she also has extensive experience as a frontline humanitarian responder. Prior to ILS, she carried out frontline humanitarian work in Indonesia, Sudan, Haiti and the Philippines for the UN, and worked for the BBC world Service as a producer and editor. A survivor of burnout and associated conditions herself, she continues to work as a humanitarian consultant and responder alongside her teaching and mental health work.
Daniel is a security industry professional with more than 20 years of experience working in support of civilian missions and NGOs in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas in a variety of complex and hostile contexts. Specialising in risk analysis and security training, Daniel regularly contributes to ILS trainings overseas in French and English.
Vix delivers Security Awareness and Travel Safety training for ILS both in the UK and overseas. She has significant experience in risk management and security in the international development sector, with expertise in threat analysis, project management, sexual violence in conflict and gender issues in security and defence. Having previously had a 10-year career in the RAF as an intelligence officer, Vix has wide country experience including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Syria.
Terry leads on First Aid Training for ILS. He has served in the Fire Service for over 25 years, and is a team leader within the UK’s International Search and Rescue Team.
Rachel is responsible for the administration, logistics and coordination of our global training programme. She has enjoyed a career in administration and holds a degree in Zoology and Ecology.
Ruairí supports the training and risk advisory teams with marketing, design, multimedia content creation and admin support. Prior to joining ILS he worked for the Fonthill Foundation as warehouse and donations manager.