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Dave Potts


Dave is one of the most experienced and respected security professionals in the UK with a proven track record of developing contracts and working with some of the biggest blue chip companies across the world.

He had an extensive career in the police, which included CID, firearms and Crime Prevention. He also worked in local government as a Community Safety Manager and was involved in projects which led to the instigation of Police Community Support Officers. He is regularly asked to speak on regional and national radio as an expert in public order.

Dave is passionate about training and the standards of client care in the industry:

“I believe that our methodology of basing all we do around high quality training is going to become key to our continuing success in attracting world class clients to our company – For too many years the industry has failed to inspire staff in this area and effectively taken them for granted, we want to change that for good.”

There are no ivory towers at GSTS and Dave enjoys spending as much time as possible with our frontline operatives.

Ian Clarke

Managing Director

Ian Clarke, Managing Director, GSTS

Ian has 33 years’ experience within HM Armed Forces and the Security Industry. He has been an Operations Warrant Officer in The Parachute Regiment SFSG, a Close Protection Team Leader, Instructor and Security Consultant. He has worked as a Risk Advisor in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Ian last appointment was as an Associate Director of a leading national security company. He is a qualified instructor for Close Protection, Conflict Management and Physical Intervention. As Managing Director of GSTS he is responsible for developing, managing and monitoring the security personnel ensuring that all relevant standards, contractual obligations and health and safety issues set out by the company are surpassed.

Ian has a renowned eye for detail and has provided services to some of the biggest names in the Corporate world.

Describing his role at GSTS, Ian says:

“I will direct the company and maintain, at all times its core values of honesty and integrity and ensure we provide the highest quality training and services to all our clients – I will build upon and enhance the great reputation that GSTS has built up over the last twenty years and I am committed to raising standards in security and training.”

Ged Cooke

Operations Manager

As an NCO in the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards, Ged saw active service in various parts of the globe. On leaving the army he worked for several major security companies in London and Manchester and was involved in several close protection assignments for high profile individuals.

Having over twenty years’ experience in the door, events and leisure field, Ged is one of the few acknowledged experts in the important role of door supervisors. He has also worked in financial investigations and security audit.

Ged joined GSTS in May 2017 following a period when he was responsible for security at some of the biggest engineering projects in the UK.  He says:

“I am relishing my opportunity to lead the operational aspects of the company. The prospect of having such motivated and highly trained staff at our disposal makes my job a lot easier. Our staff are our key assets and I have a favourite saying that I work for them and not the other way around.”

Andy Thompson

Client Relationship Manager

Andy is a highly respected security professional with a unique breadth of experience across a wide range of related management roles.

After serving as a junior non-commissioned officer in the British Army, Andy joined the police serving initially in Kent before transferring to Merseyside.

After leaving the police to pursue a career in the private sector, Andy was appointed as a security manager for one of the world’s biggest logistics companies. It was at this point in his career that Andy appreciated and understood the value of providing businesses with high quality manned guarding and physical security services.

After leaving the logistics sector, Andy worked on a consultancy basis for several north west based security companies. It soon became apparent that there were glaring discrepancies in the quality of services promised and ultimately delivered to the client. Customers were being short changed and in GSTS, Andy found a security company who shared his ideals of integrity, professionalism and a commitment to excellence.

“I am proud and privileged to join the GSTS family at this exciting time in the companies’ evolution. I know the management team well and they share the same desire as me to provide customers with exceptional service in an industry where for too long, they have been taken for granted.”

Carole Riley

Marketing Manager

Carole has 24 years’ experience in the Telecommunications industry across various disciplines including Marketing, Sales, Customer Relations, Engineering and Public Relations. She has a proven track record of success in sales and leading a team of engineers on overseas contracts. This is in addition to 17 years working at a Hospice as a Fundraising Manager along with responsibility for the press and communications activity including PR and media handling. Carole brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the GSTS team having worked for a major ‘blue chip’ organisation and the voluntary sector.

Carole would like to bring her passion and commitment for achieving success and exceeding rather than meeting customer expectations to the GSTS team to help achieve our overall aims and objectives of being ‘the best’ provider within the sector. This along with her personal goal of helping those less fortunate than herself will assist us in developing a Corporate Social Responsibility programme with ‘a heart with a conscience’.

Stuart St V Fitzgerald

Head of CSR

Non-Executive Director – CSR, Partnerships & Engagement  

Stuart has an extensive high performance track record gained over 30 years’ cross-sector experience at senior management level in central government, the private sector, local government, charity & social enterprise sectors and as an entrepreneur in the management consultancy audit & regulatory inspection arena.

He has a substantial academic and professional CPD background and has designed and implemented a wide range of CSR, performance management, ISO 9001 systems and processes on behalf of a number of clients through his career. Stuart has an unrivalled understanding of the benefits and challenges of creating, embedding and articulating the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Value. He is a Member of Social Value UK and an accredited Practitioner of SROI.

One of Stuart’s many strengths is his sheer connectivity – he is always able to refer to well-known and trusted contacts in the political, business and social sectors and find the right person or entity with which to partner and collaborate to invariably outstanding effect.

He is passionate about the importance of investing in local SMEs to ensure the economic growth and sustainability of ALL local economies. His father’s glittering military reservist career has also left Stuart with a deep and enthusiastic desire to advocate for the Veterans’ and Reservists’ community in the UK.

As well as being CEO of 2 businesses (The JUST Group – promoting Equality, Diversity, empathy and acceptance) and Socialised Ltd (delivering social impact reporting, CSR, social accounting & social brand alignment for businesses across all sectors), Stuart has a range of NED, trusteeships and governorships including: Board Member of Institute of Directors; Trustee at Veterans HQ; Trustee at Knowsley CVS; Governor at North Liverpool Academy; and Governor at Weatherhead Multi-Academy Trust.

Stuart and his wife’s lives remain intertwined with the lives of their 5 grown-up children who have all flown the nest but still somehow linger around the family home in Childwall, Liverpool!

“There can be no more significant and tangible social value than offering a person a real job in a great company like GSTS through which they can fulfil and exceed their potential. That job has the capacity to unlock an entire lifetime of opportunity for their entire family and I see it as my role within GSTS to ensure we keep CSR and Social Value at the heart of all the work we do.”

Mark O’Shaughnessy

Employee Assistance Manager

GSTS is the first security company in the UK to introduce the concept of an Employee Assistance Manager – Mark O’Shaughnessy is our EAM and comes to GSTS following a 30-year career in counselling and social work. Mark’s role is to promote the social, physical, mental health and well-being of all our employees, providing support and motivation to maximise personal potential. Through Mark, GSTS offers a confidential service to all our staff who can contact Mark in strict confidence to discuss any personal issues which could include: relationship difficulties, bereavement or loss, depression, managing change and transition, anxiety or any stress which is interfering with the ability to function effectively at work or home. Mark is relishing his new position:

“I am very proud to join a company which puts the interests and welfare of its frontline staff at the forefront of all they do. GSTS recognises that personal issues can often affect attitude and performance. The GSTS management team through their combined military experiences have themselves often been in very demanding and stressful situations and they recognise the importance of talking issues through with someone who can give professional assistance and advice”.

Paula McConville

Office Manager

Paula McConville Office Manager

Paula has been with GSTS for over 9 years and has extensive knowledge and experience in the administration management of the company including all aspects of office management including payroll and site rostering. Paula is in charge of the SIA licence applications process for students and clients and is our chief exam invigilator.

She currently deals with compliance and any HR issues and is an integral part of the team.

Paula is committed to maintaining and raising the standards of customer/client care offered.

“We at GSTS go above and beyond the expectations from students with a personal touch that students have not had with previous training providers”.

Sarah Douce

Office Administrator

Sarah Douce Office Administrator

Sarah has chosen a career in Business Management and has recently completed her degree in engineering from John Moores University. She is a qualified door supervisor and is trained in conflict management. She is looking to progress her career into close protection and security consulting.

Sarah recently compiled and presented a course in Effective Customer Care to GSTS staff assigned to a national contract. Sarah has an array of hobbies outside of work including her favourite – cross-country horse riding in her native Wales.

“I am impressed with GSTS’s ethics of honesty and integrity. This is a long-term career for me and it is important that I start with a company that is trustworthy and share my ethics.”