Veritas International




Scott Lidbetter

Non-Executive Chairman

Scott is one of our strategic consultants, and develops business in new markets.

His career in the Royal Navy spanned three decades. He was a helicopter and fighter pilot, and commanded four warships. He holds Queen’s Commendations for Valuable Service and Valuable Service in the Air. After his military career, he went on to specialise in the Superyacht, maritime and corporate security sectors.

Scott is a Freeman of the City of London, and founding director of the mentoring company Longbow NXG.


Simon Rowland


Simon is responsible for developing the company’s reputation within the international business and Superyacht sectors.

He co-founded Veritas International in 2004, following a 16-year career in the Royal Marines. He was a member of the Special Boat Service for 10 years; after qualifying as a sniper, freefall parachutist, demolitionist and Forward Air Controller, he spent a year covertly operating in Northern Ireland. He then commanded specialist Long Range Insertion Craft, deploying globally on operational duties in support of the UK’s maritime counter, narcotics and terrorism strategy.


Neil Strang

Managing Director

Neil develops new areas of business and ensures security services are delivered to the highest standard.

He co-founded the company in 2004 after a 13 year career in the Royal Marines. For seven years, he worked within the Special Boat Service. Like Simon, he qualified as a sniper, free-fall parachutist and Forward Air Controller. He gained further skills in demolitions and was recognised as an exceptional Special Forces training instructor. Neil deployed on active operations in a wide variety of demanding scenarios, and was instrumental in the success of several missions.


John Parr

Director of Operations

John is responsible for operations being carried out efficiently, professionally and in a timely manner.

Previously, he volunteered for the Royal Marines and joined 45 Commando in Arbroath, Scotland, operating globally in desert, mountains, jungle and arctic. He worked within the Special Boat Service for eight years, and was deployed worldwide. This furthered his knowledge of military skills such as close protection, demolitions, sniper, free-fall parachuting, land mobility and all areas of maritime operations.


Carl Fereday

Specialist Operation's Manager

Carl conducts bespoke training and in-depth maritime security reviews.

His military career spanned 13 years, during which time he served with the Royal Engineers and the Special Boat Service. He then worked in several sectors of the commercial market, including training and advisory roles and deploying operationally in maritime and Ground Truth roles.