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Robert “BOB” Betts, BA(hons) MSET,QTLS

ELITE ACADEMY OF SECURITY TRAINING was founded in 2010 by Bob Betts, a respected member of the security industry and qualified teacher, Bob was part of the original focus team for the SIA qualification’s framework in 2004 having been active in the industry since the mid 1990’s. With an exemplary military and home office career as a senior officer this provided an excellent background to undertake both a BA (hons) and Certificate in Education, he then gained a position teaching in one of the UK’s top 20 Sixth Forms where utilizing his knowledge, experience and skills to enable his students to become the highest achieving cohort in the UK.

Writing one of the first Physical Intervention programmes for the Security Industry Bob soon made ELITE both well known and respected working alongside other training providers both in the UK and worldwide.Quality,reliability and professionalism epitomise Bobs vision of ELITE for the future.

Currently Bobs other roles in the industry are as one of the director’s of the BSIA, where he is the Training Section Chairman. Subject matter expert for the SIA, Awarding Organisations and keynote speaker at national security conferences. Holding a frontline CP licence he undertakes operational tasking regularly in many areas of the industry.

Tom Sawyer, Training Manager

Tom joined Elite Academy of Security Training Ltd as an instructor in 2014 after completing a distinguished military career spanning over 24 years. As an armament and explosive specialist in the RAF, he worked in Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) and has seen operational military service in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.
With a wealth of experience establishing the security for sensitive locations in hostile locations, Tom has adapted these skills into the private security industry to provide consultancy and realistic training to the ever increasing terrorism threat.

As Training Manager and experienced Instructor, he ensures the professional running of Elite courses, regularly liaising with clients and corporations to guarantee that the correct levels of training are undertaken to suit their requirements. Tom is a qualified Security Instructor and Close Protection Officer with experience in Health and Safety, Risk Management and First Aid, and has previously been instrumental in implementing Major Accident Plans in both the UK and overseas.

Ali Bilyard, Office Manager

Ali will be your first point of contact at Elite, she has a background in management of construction services, catering and hospitality and holiday lettings and will ensure your time at Elite meets your expectations and provides a great learner experience.

Ali is responsible for the accounts, course bookings and the office management at Elite and generally keeps us all in check!

Kyle Thorburn, International Training Director

Since leaving  the military Kyle has gained 7 years experience in international business, security operations, training, recruitment and management in Central and Eastern Europe, China, Africa and the Middle East. He Served 8 years military service with the Parachute Regiment / Special Forces Support Group, in direct support of UK Special Forces and other government agencies. He was part of several training teams world wide providing training and mentoring to foreign armies in Africa, Asia and The Middle East.
Kyle possesses extensive experience in both executive and hostile environments all over the world with a vast understanding of foreign cultures and politics.

Luke Hardin, Director of International Operations,

Luke has extensive experience managing multicultural staff to work in the international security industry with a focus on preparing personnel for working in hostile environments. 6 years military service with the Parachute Regiment as an operator in the United Kingdom Special Forces Support Group (SFSG), conducting numerous operational deployments directly alongside British Special Forces.
Luke has been involved in the training and mentoring of foreign military, and the joint disruption of narcotics and weapon trafficking across Afghanistan. As Elite’s International Operations Director he co-ordinates both UK and worldwide Close Protection, Surveillance and risk management operations.

Matvei Stativka, Chief Firearms Instructor

Mat is Elites Chief Firearms instructor, he is a tier 1 operator and bodyguard for the State protection unit of the Government Republic of Moldova, including positions as personal bodyguard for two Presidents. Currently he is the tactical shooting instructor for Antiterrorist Centre of RM. His awards include 3 times winner of the national, handgun, shotgun and rifle competition and winner of the international bodyguard championship. Mat holds the position of  President  of the Practical Shooting Association of RM, President of the Tactical Shooting Association of RM and President  of the Dynamic Shooting Association of RM.

Kate Adey, Spectator Safety Specialist

Kate is from a military background that spanned 23 years and is the founder of Gryphon Event Safety and Security Limited. The majority of her time in the Army was spent with administration of UKSF and within the training environment carrying out instructor roles in various subject. Following her time as an instructor, Kate worked as a training analyst and was responsible for the training standards and evaluation of courses accessed by over 6000 military staff.

At present she is one of the Deputy Safety Officers at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where she has been involved with events including athletics, festival series, Ride London Cycling and the Invictus Games. She is also in the process of designing bespoke training courses for the security and control room staff at the Olympic Park.Kate is a qualified Safety Officer, Security Instructor and Close Protection Officer.

MCPara Bsc. Cert. Ed Senior Paramedic Mentor & Clinical Field Operations Trainer

Mark started his working career in the IT industry in various large UK and international companies including the European Central Bank and Linklaters, one of the world’s largest corporate law firms providing technical support, coaching and problem solving of complex IT software issues to both employees of those companies and their stakeholders. In 2005, he embarked on a new career in the UK NHS Ambulance Service, initially being employed as an Ambulance Technician and then qualifying as a HCPC Paramedic in 2008, he is now a member of the HART team.

Mark has extensive first-hand experience of providing pre-hospital emergency health care on both front-line ambulances and rapid response vehicles responding to both traumatic and medical emergencies. In addition to these vital skills, Mark has experience of working at a supervisory and managerial level providing county-wide operational bronze command of staff, logistics and management of large or complex incidents.In addition to his wide-ranging pre-hospital medical skillset, Mark is a fully qualified Close Protection Officer.

Alec Selfridge, Firearms and Tactical Trainer (South East Asia)

Alec served in the RAF Police from 1985 until 1991, leaving to join Tayside Police. During his early police career, he specialised in the Roads Enforcement Unit and served as a Police Motorcyclist. Later in his career, he joined the Tactical Firearms Unit working on the Armed Response Unit and also carrying out Close Protection duties.

After gaining his National Firearms Instructor qualification, Alec taught several competencies including basic firearms, Armed Response officers (ARV) and Close Protection. Latterly, he was the Deputy Chief Firearms Instructor for Tayside Police and was instrumental in the delivery of all aspects of firearms training as required by the Force and National Licence

Andy G, Close Protection and Surveillance Trainer

Andy has some 28 years experience in the fields of intelligence, investigation & security in both government & commercial sectors, having held senior posts in both. He has conducted & managed both overt & covert investigations across the globe, often in complex & challenging environments such as Iraq, Afghanistan & Somalia. He has a wealth of experience in running investigation teams & security details, training & mentoring junior staff.
Andy specialises in human trafficking, fraud & corruption investigations & running protective surveillance operations. Elite has worked with Andy over several years & are excited he has agreed to deliver training with us, bringing a wealth of experience in running CP operations, investigation teams & specialist training.