Our team is defined by its breadth of expertise across several sectors. It has extensive and direct experience of working across a wide range of critical, highly sensitive and complex issues and has the ability to empathise with clients, and work across all parts of an organisation, whilst remaining rigorously objective.
We have executives in London, Washington, Zurich, Paris, Canberra and Mumbai who oversee our work in those geographies. All of them bring their own valuable networks.
Some of our key people are profiled below.
A former special adviser to the Irish Prime Minister, Simon worked as a government affairs specialist at Accenture and a strategy consultant at No. 10 Downing Street, HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office.
He joined Defence Strategy and Solutions in 2006 before going on to become a partner at a leading London-based intelligence company. Over the course of his career he has advised senior management at some of the world’s top companies. He also gives seminars and talks on business intelligence, crisis management and political risk.
Simon founded GMTL in 2012 and holds a PhD from Oxford University.
Francesca di Belmonte
Francesca is GMTL’s business development director. She has worked with several leading companies in the UK and Italy and has over 20 years of marketing experience across a variety of sectors.
François Lureau is a highly respected figure in French and European defence circles. He is an advisor to the European Defence Agency and the French Government on defence issues. He spent four and a half years as head of the French Defence Procurement agency (DGA) and held a number of senior executive roles at Thales.
Iain McNicoll CB CBE
Iain served 35 years in the Royal Air Force, starting as a fast-jet pilot and retiring as an air marshal in 2010. He was the Ministry of Defence’s Director of Force Development and then Director General of Joint Doctrine and Concepts. Major projects included mergers and rationalisations, of No 2 Group with No 3 Group, and then of Strike Command with Personnel and Training Command. Both were delivered on time, with savings targets met and with outputs fully maintained.
Iain’s second career has been in high-level consultancy in the defence and security sectors. He is an expert in information technology/command and control, ISTAR, training and simulation.
Tim Scully is an intelligence analyst and senior leader with over 30 years experience building and leading operational capabilities in the Australian Government. He has played lead roles in developing operational responses to intelligence and security challenges, and remains a strong contributor to security policy development and thought leadership.
Following his role as Head of the Defence Security Authority, Tim led the development of the Australian Government’s Cyber Security Operations Centre. He later became CEO of Stratsec & Head of Cyber Security at BAE Systems Australia. He is also a founding, independent director on the CREST Australia Board.
A leading aerospace expert, Martin Broadhurst joined Marshall Aerospace in 1975 and was appointed as Chief Executive in 1996.
Following his retirement he was made Chairman of the prestigious Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) and was elected to the Governing Council of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He was also appointed as a non-executive director of Ultra Electronics Holdings plc. He is a member of the European Aerospace and Defence (ADS) Customer Services Commission and has also served as chairman of the Cambridgeshire Training and Enterprise Council and as chairman of Connexions. He was awarded the O.B.E. in the 2004 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the Aerospace Industry.
A former senior UK diplomat, now based in Washington DC. Previously head of security at Shell with responsibility for cyber security, crisis and risk management. Substantial corporate intelligence experience. Lectures frequently at board level on risk management, intelligence and cyber security issues in the UK and US.
Guy Fithen has over 25 years of experience in corporate communications, crisis management and executive coaching. He was the managing director of Vox Media, part of Tulchan Group, a top UK financial PR company. Guy is an expert in reputation and crisis advice and has serviced private individuals, large companies and governments.
Godefridus (Frits) Vranken
Frits Vranken is a non executive director of GMTL. He served as the corporate strategy head of a large multinational Japanese FMCG company many years. Prior to that, he was responsible for tax matters for Allied Domecq Plc. with a focus on M&A.
Frits has extensive expertise in sourcing and executing global M&A. He has successfully finalised sizeable transactions in stock-quoted, family and government-owned companies in Europe, the US, Latin-America, Asia and Africa.He also has extensive Board experience in companies based in Austria, Germany, India, Switzerland, the UK, the US and Vietnam.
Frits has a degree in tax law from Leyden University in The Netherlands. He is also a Certified Director of the INSEAD International Directors Program.
Michael Burleigh is a distinguished author and historian, a regular contributor to various newspapers and other publications, and he has taught at Oxford, the LSE and Stanford University. He is the author of over 20 books.
Michael is GMTL’s director of political and economic risk.
Dr. Tony Klein
Tony is the senior defence and security advisor within GMTL, having previously worked as Managing Director of Olive Group (Solutions) / Restrata in Dubai, head of Business Development for QinetiQ’s Technology Solutions business in the UK, Director responsible for BAeS Applied Intelligence / Detica’s defence business and VP Consulting and Engineering for Thales. His forte and experience is in winning and delivering integrated defence and security technology solutions and services in the UK, USA and throughout EMEA.