Veritas International

 

COMPANY BIOS

 

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

CEO

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 worked within the Special Boat Service for ten years. After qualifying as a sniper, free-fall parachutist 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.

 

Tom Cunningham

Director of International Security

Tom brings a wealth of international experience to the team.

He led a varied career within the Royal Navy, serving for over 30 years. He commanded ships and Task Groups, and worked in procurement, strategy development and international relations. He left in 2011 as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Aviation and Carriers) in the rank of Rear Admiral.

 

Carl Fereday

Maritime Operations 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.

 

Mark Allen

Operations Manager

Mark is one of our Operations Managers who leads our Protection services team, responsible for the operational planning and deployment of security personnel worldwide. He served with the Special Boat Service and the Royal Marines for 22 years. Since then, he has worked in the security industry, gaining a wealth of knowledge in the private and commercial sectors.