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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.

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.”

Paula Bell

Quality and Compliance Manager

Paula Bell, Quality and Compliance Manager

Paula has worked as a Principal Consultant for a private sector organisation for the past twelve months implementing effective strategies for business growth, including understanding the market and developing effective teams to meet business demand.  Paula was a Director of Services within a large social enterprise for fifteen years, leading on business development activities, implementing initiatives and developing processes to create growth opportunities.

Paula has considerable experience with business development, including a commercial approach to service delivery and organisational development, creating long-term value by engaging stakeholders, customers, local markets and developing key relationships with other businesses and organisations.

“I am excited for the opportunity to work with GSTS and I am looking forward to developing relationships within the team.  I aim to use my skills, knowledge and experience to support the growth and development of GSTS in partnership with the talented individuals within the organisation.”

Paula has excellent leadership skills, having managed, developed, supported and motivated large teams made up of mixed disciplines. Paula’s positive approach enables her to build and maintain effective working relationships. Paula’s background has led to a customer service approach, working closely with staff at all levels to get the job done.

“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.”

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.”

John Myles

Specialist Trainer and Security Operational Advisor

John Myles is a former career police officer with over 10 years’ experience operating at senior command level within a major UK police force. He has a wealth of strategic and operational policing experience covering many different disciplines including the investigation of serious organised crime and terrorism, hostage taking and kidnapping, Special Branch, Tackling street gang crime, covert investigations and crisis intervention & resolution.

He has developed considerable expertise in crisis management, directing and coordinating the strategic and operational response to many high profile critical incidents and events. He was a member of a specialist cadre planning and leading covert firearms operations to tackle unique threats to the UK security and is experienced in commanding VIP protection operations including protecting the Royal family, senior government ministers and visiting Heads of State.

Credited with developing and leading the UK’s first multi-agency street gang task force, his innovative approach led him to being appointed as a subject matter expert by the Home Office and recognition by the University of Wisconsin International Centre for Problem Solving.

Following his distinguished policing career, John chose to continue to use his unique experience as a specialist leadership and security training consultant assisting Foreign governments, blue chip companies and other public/private sector clients grow their organisational capability, capacity and resilience.

His most recent work includes leading a Counter Terrorism and intelligence project in the Sultanate of Oman, developing, delivering and implementing a homicide investigation and reduction program in Trinidad and Tobago and a strategic leadership development program for various Government organisations across four Caribbean islands.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute

Robert Crawford

Consultant Trainer and Security Operational Advisor

Robert Crawford

Rob is a former Government Official and senior police officer who has served both within the UK and as a Senior Investigating Officer within a homicide unit in the Caribbean where he became proficient in leading a team of Investigators tasked specially to investigate gang related murders.

He has a wealth of operational policing experience covering many different disciplines including the management of homicide cases, child abuse, Special Branch (Counter Terrorism), Anti-Corruption, Intelligence, covert investigations, Search Advisor and strategy & policy development.

His experience as a Consultant Trainer is exceptional and unique and he has conducted training events for both the private and public sectors in the UK and Internationally. Some of his training experience has been highly specialised and sensitive and he has collaborated in training programmes with the UK Security Services (MI5 & MI6) and also Military Special Forces.

He has expanded his portfolio of subject matters to include leadership and interpersonal skills training.

He is a nationally qualified Hostage Negotiator and has successfully negotiated to safety many people caught up in life threatening situations.

He has always had a passion for developing the maximum personal and professional potential from individuals and teams with the aim of achieving high levels of business performance.

He is now delighted to be part of the GSTS Training & Development Team.

José Luis Sevilla Camins

Client Relationship Manager – Loss Prevention

José Luis Sevilla Camins

José spent twelve years as an officer in the Guardia Civil, the national Spanish police force where he underwent intensive training, including drugs surveillance, public order and counter terrorism. His last posting was in Madrid’s elite crowd control department.  Since moving to the UK with his family, José has qualified as an SIA door supervisor, and latterly as a Close Protection Officer.

He has considerable experience in working in the high-end retail sector and has been commended several times by clients and the police for his interventions to break up organised shop lifting gangs targeting luxury goods. José is committed to continuing professional development and has recently commenced GSTS’s Behavioural Analysis advanced training programme. His Close Protection and language skills have meant that he has also been used as an advisor to several high profile Spanish speaking sports and film personalities. José relishes his time living and working in Liverpool and states that his favourite meal is now a full English breakfast. He has quickly become an important part of the GSTS Team:

“With an emphasis on our senior team having police and military backgrounds, I feel that my time as a police officer in Spain fits in very well. We have always had a problem with organised criminal gangs and my experience has taught me to know how these thieves think and operate.”

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’.

Dougal Paver

Non-executive Director

Dougal (49) is a career-long marketing and public affairs specialist with a focus on the property and regeneration sectors.

He has built and successfully exited two market-leading consultancies and brings 25 years of commercial experience to the board. His career focus has been on advising major construction and development clients and Dougal was previously a board member of regeneration body Liverpool Vision and of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. He continues to act as an advisor to a number of leading property businesses and local authorities.

Commenting on his role on as a non-executive, Dougal said:

“My job is to provide additional grit to our oyster through devil’s advocacy and by providing business development and public affairs support to the board.”

Dougal lives in south Liverpool with his family and numbers fly fishing and mountain trekking among his passions.

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

Mark O'Shaugnessy

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.”