Certified Instructors

“The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds unlike our bodies can continue growing as we continue to live.”


All our instructors have professional teaching qualifications and totally understand that whilst a great deal of teaching is delivered by verbal instruction, hearing does not play the only role in our learning of new knowledge; it is also through watching and doing, that the greatest learning is achieved. 

Craig Knowles CAS

Chief of Staff (President and CEO since 2006) Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist, Qualified Teacher, Assessor and Verifier.

Author and creator of a number of bespoke security solutions and training programmes for a wide range of organisations in both the private and public sectors operating worldwide with delivery in a number of selected languages.

Lionel Draon (EUROPE)

Head of Clincial Studies | Regional Director - Clincial Specialist - Civil (FPOS) and Tactical Medicine (Police/Army).

Lionel is a highly trained Instructor/Teacher with the highest level of professionalism; always proactive, ready to take the intitative and acutely sensitive to the security threats that are constantly with us today.

Sid Tadrist - Saiko shihan (Karate Supreme Master)

KWF Karatenomichi World Federation Great Britain Chief Instructor authorized by Japan KWF HQ as Teacher and worldwide Examiner

After more than three decades of teaching and hard daily training at the sides of the greatest Japanese legends of traditional Shotokan karate, Sid Tadrist sensei developed an expertise recently rewarded by his pars in Japan, with the title of Saïko Shihan (Supreme Karate Master Degree). SId's other skills are that he is a fluent speaker in English, French, Arabic, Italian

Gavin J Richardson (UK & USA)

Martial Arts and Physical Intervention Instructor

Gavin Richardson started his security career at the age of 18 whereby he “worked his first door” and took on his first client as a bodyguard. Over the years he has undergone extensive training and skill development programs that have opened the door to numerous job opportunities both at home in the UK and aboard. He has extensive knowledge and practical hands on experience that make him a valued member of the team.

Tom Lockhart QGM QCVS

Strategic Consultant and Advisor | Formerly a key member of the Royal and Diplomatic Protection Group guarding the British Royal family as their tactical and technical advisor.

Tom has dedicated much of his career to the development of new equipment and operational techniques to utilise technology as a weapon in the fight against terrorism with a specific emphasis on the gathering of audio and video intelligence. He was deeply involved in the training of close protection personnel operating in high threat areas around the world and the application of cutting edge technology to close protection operations.

David Spangenberg (SA)

Former Captain with the South African Police Service, Commercial (Police) Diver(Class IV), Coxswain (Cat-B coastal), HPCSA ILS medic, Facilitator, Assessor and Moderator.

David has 23 years serving with the SAPS in high risk teams in urban and rural policing. He is a qualified ILS medic with the HPCSA and a Class IV Commercial Diver and Supervisor since 2000. Since 2005 he qualified as a commercial coxswain with various units inland and at sea and volunteered with the National Sea Rescue Institute. He established his training career in 2006 as a facilitator with the SAPS, and since then instructed with the SAPS. He further qualified himself as Assessor and Moderator and is registered with various training bodies in South Africa in these capacities. David established his own training business and is presently training in various fields, he is currently working in Iraq in the security industry as an Operations Manager / TL

Erika van Vuuren (SA)

Regional FPOSi Instructor | Erika has been a qualified Fist Aid Instructor since 2006.

Previously employed by Global Geophysical Services (USA) on crew 680 in Kenya as the certified instructor, Erika has gained valuable experience working in remote areas and has a good understanding of how to deal with medical emergencies in difficult terrain. On her return to South Africa in January 2015, Erika was appointed as an Associate Trainer for the Professional Bodyguard Association (UK) in South Africa having duly completed the BTEC Level 3 Education and Training (QCF), along with the specialty subject BTEC Level 2 First Person on Scene Intermediate (IHCD).

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