MEET OUR TEAM

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Rolly Crawford

chairman

Rolly Crawford started in investment banking in 1985 at Wood Mackenzie in Edinburgh, which then became NatWest markets. He moved to BZW in 1993 as a Director of Research. He moved the team to ABN AMRO in 1996 and to Collins Stewart in 1999. He was part of the buyout from Singer & Friedlander and became a main Board Director. He helped set up Fairfax as a new investment bank in 2005. In 2014 he was invited to join a private equity firm, Promethean Investments, as a Partner.

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David Whitworth

Founder, COO & Managing Director

An extensive Military Career serving with the United Kingdom’s Parachute Regiment, Pathfinder Platoon and Special Forces. Since leaving the military, David has specialised in executive protection, secure logistics and risk management in support of numerous high- profile media clients, blue chip companies, Royalty and high net worth individuals. In 2008, David moved to the Middle East to develop a bespoke military training concept, delivered to several Middle East Special Forces teams. In 2012, David became Co-owner of Emerald Solutions Group and expanded capability into Africa, the Americas and Far East. He has established dedicated teams in all areas of Operations and continues to ensure standards are met and client relations maintained as group Chief Operating Officer.

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Rob McIntosh

Non-executive Director

Rob McIntosh started in business producing and promoting concerts throughout the UK. His corporation, MA Global, with shows for over 25000 people, soon grew into a large outdoor event company becoming 2nd only to Live Nation UK in 2008. Now operating events in the US, Europe as well as the UK Rob soon expanded into international touring looking after a number of high profile artists being responsible for their overall management including executive protection and day to day logistics. The following 10 years saw expansion into the Middle East with events in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Sharjah and India. Working with various organisations such as Aramco, Meydan, Ascot Racecourse, Dubai Government MA Global has become a fast moving and dynamic operation booking and organising all aspects of production and presentation requirements. This increased the demand for executive protection lead a close, sustainable and productive relationship with ESG who have continued to provide a first class service to all of our artists clients and valued assets. The trust that now exists between MA Global and ESG allows Rob to further his interest in forming, expanding and maximising shareholder value into the future.

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Wayne Connor

Founder –  executive Director

Wayne founded Emerald Solutions and now has over 20 years’ experience in the GCC. He recently stepped up from the role of CEO to support the Chairman of the Board more directly, in the establishment of a holding company – a reflection of the successful growth experienced by Emerald under Wayne’s tenure. He remains an active Board Member and Group Executive Director, pursuing additional verticals for the group. Wayne is qualified in BS 2599 Business Continuity Lead Auditor, Prince2 Registered Practitioner, Cert. Institute of Risk Management, Diploma- Blast Resistant Structural Design, and Risk Analysis in high risk environments, Conflict management and Diploma- International bodyguard (IBA). Accomplished in Business and Project Management, compliant with ISO 31000, 14000, 18000, 27000 and BS 25999, Wayne has established a strong and trusted network of connections that will continue to contribute to the future success of the Emerald Solutions Group..

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Anthony Rudd

Global Director of Operations

A determined, focused Security professional with over 20 years multi sector experience, with outstanding interpersonal skills. An excellent record of achievement in management of services associated to security management, manpower supply, logistics, Reconnaissance and projects in security and construction. A proven motivator who meets deadlines whilst working under pressure and adapts very quickly to change. Holding many other transferable skills gained from a full military service with the Royal Engineers, Tony also has a wealth of experience operating in conflict zones and challenging environments such as Iraq, Afghanistan, West and Central Africa.

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Subothini G

Director of Finance

Subo is a finance professional with more than 13 years of financial, management, strategic, and operational accounting experience. She has worked in the UK, Sri Lanka, and the UAE. She specializes in financial accounting, audit, IFRS, preparation of financial statements, consolidated financial statements, budgeting and planning, internal controls, VAT, financial reporting, and cash flow management. She has an MBA from the University of Cardiff in Wales and is a finalist of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the UK. Subo joined Emerald early in 2021 and has overseen the financial aspects of the growth of the Company into multiple new locations across the globe.

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Rebekah Swainson

HR & ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

Rebekah Swainson is an HR and administrative professional with more than 11 years of work experience in the UAE across many business sectors, including aviation, engineering, and security, ranging from small businesses to international corporations. Rebekah is very familiar with business support, onboarding, employee and labour relations, employee benefits and office management. She is particularly experienced in areas such as the direction of administrative functions, employee and customer relations, and employee experience. Rebekah is qualified in CIPD HR levels 3 and 5 and is a member of the CIPD institute. She is also UAE Labor Law certified.

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Steve McPartland

Director of Operations the Americas

Steve served in the US Army with the 1st Armored Division before spending 20 years with the United States Department of Homeland Security as an Agent with the US Border Patrol. His service was highlighted by his time spent as Commander of the Air Mobile Unit Tactical Team and the creation and leadership of a multi-agency task force to coordinate the US law enforcement response to maritime border incursions along the west coast of California. In addition, he established a Maritime Coordination Center in Long Beach, California, a multi-agency communications system, and an intelligence group to support the task force. After retiring from the Border Patrol, Steve joined Facebook Inc. where he managed all aspects of the Global Security Operations Center, crisis response, and its operations and Intelligence cycle. Joining the Emerald Solutions Group team in 2020, Steve is dedicated to providing the highest level of service the company is known for and expanding capabilities to service all of our client’s needs.

Henrik Oesten

Henrik Oesten

Director of Operations APAC

Henrik is an accomplished senior leader providing initiative, personal drive, dynamism and perception in a variety of demanding working situations. He is versatile with established senior management skills which were developed during employment in demanding environments and conditions. A strong management background with a comprehensive understanding of implementation, organization and management of Close Protection solutions, Life Support, Training Programmes, Operational Planning, Emergency Response Plans and Evacuation Coordination. Henrik served for 13 years in the Royal Danish army reconnaissance special operation units linked to NATO rapid reaction force and was served with distinction through multiple senior ranks. Extensive experience gathered whilst working in hostile environments within the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia with multiple operational deployments. In addition, Henrik also has 16 years of experience in the private security sector in the Middle East and Asia.

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Ruben Dos santos

Director of operations – europe

Ruben is a highly experienced former paratrooper in the Portuguese military who has since held several senior roles in the security industry. With degrees in Human Resource Management and in Security as well as an MBA, Ruben has worked in high risk / high threat environments, including Afghanistan, the Gaza Strip, and Sri Lanka, where he has provided and managed the security of diplomats, deployed military personnel and civilian contractors. During his eight years in the Portuguese military, he deployed on peacekeeping and peace enforcement missions. Over more than 20 years in the industry since then, he has worked for several of the leading security providers. He is trained and holds multiple qualifications in all the relevant skills, including as an operational and remote trauma practitioner, a security in the field operator and in all aspects of close protection and security management. He speaks fluent Portuguese, English and Spanish.

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Hamad Al Marzooqi

Regional Director

Hamad had an extensive Military Career, serving for 32 years in the United Arab Emirates Army, including Special Forces, and was one of the founding members of Special Operation Command. Since leaving the military, Hamad has worked as a business development manager in groups of companies and as a supplier to the UAE Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies of equipment, training and service support. Hamad is highly experienced in all aspects of the military, the security industry and in the development of new specialist capabilities.

Hamad’s commercial experience in business development has greatly benefitted from his military background and he has extensive connections worldwide, many of which specialize in the provision of equipment and other services for security, training, executive protection, secure logistics and risk management.

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Selina Julien

DIRECTOR OF EMERALD MEDIA

Selina Julien is an internationally renowned media consultant with over 18 years of experience in elevating global brands and talent across TV, radio, and print media. With a full range of industry expertise encompassing consulting, media management, and producing, Selina’s tenacity and ability to get results; be it securing talent for TV projects or brokering exclusive media deals, is based on her strategic ability to forge effective partnerships. It doesn’t hurt that she also boasts an extensive contacts book that reflects the worldwide media industry environment in which she continues to thrive. Career highlights include reporting live from Washington DC on Barack Obama’s inauguration for the BBC, to recently securing high-profile contributors for ITV’s Harry & Meghan: The Week That Shook The World. The latter being a true piece of broadcasting professionalism and application to task as Selina was an instrumental part of the team which developed, filmed, and produced the show in only eight days. With a strong aptitude for teamwork coupled with her vast experience across the MENA region, Selina is excited to be bringing her passion, dynamism, and wealth of knowledge to the Emerald Solutions Group’s new media division.

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Steve Pearce

Director of training 

Steve served in the British Army’s Parachute Regiment for 15 years, after which he moved into a career in security, management, and training. Over the last 22 years, he has managed regional security operations for a global security provider, provided close protection to various senior corporate leaders and through his qualifications as an instructional design practitioner, he has developed a track record of providing wide-ranging, accredited training courses delivering internationally recognized qualifications to hundreds of candidates. Steve holds an MBA, is a qualified member of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management and the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development UK.  He retains his accreditation as a Close Protection Operator and keeps up to date with associated skills in surveillance, specialist driving, conflict management and risk / threat assessments. His training courses are accredited by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance. His operational experience, coupled with his management and training qualifications, have allowed him to develop course content that always remains in line with present-day thinking, benefiting from practical rather than simply theoretical input, and, coupled with his military honed training skills, provides candidates with an exceptionally high-quality experience from all of Steve’s qualifying courses.

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Shahid Qureshi

Deputy Director of Operations APAC

Shahid shares his time between the UK, where he spent 27 years in the Police, and Pakistan, which is his family’s country of origin. Starting his police career as a uniformed officer in the West Yorkshire Police, Shahid spent time policing diverse multicultural communities before transitioning into the intelligence field, including five years with the National Crime Squad, during which he dealt both nationally and internationally with serious criminal cases, including covert intelligence gathering. His last 11 years in the police were spent as a specialist covert officer, dealing, amongst other crimes, with terrorism. He handled cases involving many countries, including dealing with Pakistani, Afghan, Somali, Turkish, Sudanese and Middle Eastern Nationals both in the UK and overseas.

Shahid received multiple commendations during his police service, including from the UK police and legal authorities, other UK Government Agencies and from the US FBI. His extensive training covered many different skills, including defensive and anti surveillance driving; surveillance and risk awareness; conflict resolution; and firearms handling and safety measures. He is fluent in English and Punjabi.

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Javier Montano

Deputy Director of Operations Americas

Javier has over twenty-four years of federal law enforcement service in various high-profile roles within the Department of Homeland Security. 

His positions included serving as a Liaison Officer to the Mexican government, Law Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center,  member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Intelligence Unit Supervisor, head coordinator for the DHS lead maritime coordination groups in Los Angeles and San Francisco,  Assistant Chief at the Headquarters Law Enforcement Operations Directorate, and finally as the Liaison Officer to the U.S. Coast Guard’s District 11 as Admiral’s border security subject-matter-expert.

Javier has a passion for service and security, and is a great communicator in both English and Spanish.  He believes wholeheartedly in a team concept approach to all security matters.

After retiring from federal service in 2021, Javier joined Emerald Solutions Group.  Javier is dedicated to providing the highest level of service the company is known for and continuing the tradition to serve all our client’s needs.

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MARTIAL SYSME MBOGLEM

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
(FRANCOPHONE AFRICA)

Martial is an asset to any organization, operating effectively as a team to achieve organizational values and goals. Martial has a wealth of experience in key roles, including member and public relations manager of the National Union of Private Investigators of Cameroon. Member, manager and administrator for Africa of the professional chamber of French detectives. He also managed airport logistics, including vehicles and personnel, and was responsible for security and logistics for a French multinational. He speaks English, Spanish and French and heads Emerald’s operations in French-speaking countries in Africa. He is licensed in private law and has the qualification of investigator.

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Mel Downes

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Mel served with distinction for 24 years in the British Army during which he achieved the rank of Warrant Officer. The majority of his career was spent with the Special Air Service of the United Kingdom Special Forces. After retiring he specialized in Executive Protection, as well as managing media teams in hostile environments around the world, predominantly in the Middle East. Mel has also worked in anti-piracy ship protection in the Arabian Gulf and has extensive experience leading Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) courses for high-profile corporate executives. Mel works for Emerald Solutions Group as Director of Training. Both during his time in the British Army and throughout his subsequent career, training has been a key feature of Mel’s work. His experience is global, encompassing a wide range of topics which he has passed on to students from many and varied backgrounds and levels. He is dynamic and highly motivated with proven senior management skills. His four decades in the military and security fields make him ideally placed to lead Emerald’s training activities to the next level.