Team

The personnel at Staff Defence Ltd offer the most relevant and appropriate experience in fully understanding how to live and operate in hostile environments, while also managing personal security and safety while travelling. Their life experience is second-to-none, which is why Staff Defence’s immersive training and role-play helps every course attendee to hard-wire into the brain the new knowledge and learning. The Biographies below demonstrate where and how the Director of Operations and his Trainers have gained such immeasurable first-hand experience in risk management and safety protocols in the most hostile environments imaginable.


Director of operations

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Stephen Amphlett

Steve gave 23 years’ service in the Royal Marines Commandos, participating in operations globally. On leaving the Royal Marines, Stephen operated in Iraq, as a private security operative during the post invasion years.

Stephen provided private consultancy and training to a range of government agencies in Somaliland, Kuwait, the Emirates and Oman, focussed on the defence against piracy, combined with oil and gas facilities protection.

More recently, Stephen was appointed as the Senior Training Manager for Pilgrims Group, a large company, specialising in security risk management and consultancy services. Stephen provided operational and training support to members of the international media, Non-government organisations and personnel of the FCO, DFID, British Council and their families, together with locally engaged personnel, living and working in UK Embassies and Consulates globally. Stephen also provided extensive hostile travel safety training to personnel within foreign governments and to large corporates.

On joining Staff Defence Ltd in 2017, Stephen has been working on restructuring the company to provide a range of training programmes in Conflict Management, Personal and Travel Safety, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT), and First Aid Training to the Media, Corporate Companies, Non-Government Organisations, Charities, and Lone Travellers.



Trainers

Jim Berry

Jim Berry

Jim previously served in the British Army, where he gained tactical and operationalexperience in high-readiness units with global combat, counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism deployments. He acquired 15 years’ experience in training and mentoring localindigenous forces. This experience was followed by his expert guidance at UK militarytraining establishments.

Unfortunately, Jim was wounded, whilst serving in Afghanistan.

Jim has previously worked delivering training in Conflict Management, Personal, and Travel Safety, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT), and First Aid Training to the Media, Corporate Companies, Non-Government Organisations, Charities, and Lone Travellers. Subsequently, Jim was employed as FCO / DFID contractor, delivering operational training and mentoring to governments, NGOs, the media, and indigenous forces worldwide.



Tony Fowles

Tony Fowles

Tony Fowles gave 23 years’ service in the Royal Marines Commandos, skilled as an Assault engineer and a Royal Marines Commando Medic, participating in operations globally. On leaving the Royal Marines, Tony has operated globally as a private security operative.

Tony has experience in delivering Travel Safety, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT), and First Aid Training to the Media, Corporate Companies, Non-Government Organisations, Charities, and Lone Travellers.

As a medic, Tony has extensive battlefield experience and recently as an offshore medic running a medical centre and providing emergency medical treatment.



Steve Lloyd

Steve Lloyd.

Steve served 20 years, as a firefighter and station commander, during which time, he provided extensive emergency first aid response, as part of his role, as a firefighter.

Steve has experience in delivering First Aid Training, Conflict Management and Staff Defence Personal Safety Foundation Level™ to Corporate Companies and Lone Travellers.

Steve also has an extensive background, training in the world of self-defence and has attained a vast amount of real-world experience of the dangers on the streets, where he has learned how to best avoid becoming a victim of crime and assault.



Natasha Plavecz

Natasha Plavecz

Natasha is a Personal Trainer, Ladies’ Boxing Coach and Martial Artist.

Natasha is also a trained First Aider, with an extensive amount of experience in teaching the Staff Defence Personal Safety Foundation Level™ to Corporate Companies and Lone Travellers.

Frequently Asked Questions

“Our travel safety and HEAT instructors come from a background in the Royal Marines Commando and the British Army and have been specifically picked for their skills in their fields of excellence from years of experience of Operating and Living in hostile environment.”

“Our Trainers must all have, as a minimum, an accredited award in education and training, first aid at work or higher, and conflict management. They are also all DBS checked, with full insurance cover for their specific disciplines.”

“Contact us now, so that our Instructors can teach you how to stay safe.”

Our courses are held at our training venue in Onley, near Rugby in the East Midlands, where we can comfortably seat up to 30 Delegates per course.

Additionally, we have a training location in the USA.

However, depending on the type of course selected, we are very flexible and our Instructors can travel to a client’s venue, if that is more convenient for you. The only exception is our H.E.A.T. (Hostile Environments Awareness Training) Course, which must be conducted at our training venue, due to the course content and requirements.

Yes, we absolutely can! Before we deliver the course, we always discuss your specific requirements with you, ensure they are embedded into the course, and receive prior written confirmation that you are completely happy with the content of the course.

Prices vary depending on the course you are attending and any specific requirements that you may have. What you need to know is that our prices are some of the best you can find, which is why we encourage you to contact us to receive a full and competitive Quotation.

Yes. Each Instructor is fully DBS checked and possesses a current First Aid Certificate, together with full insurance within the disciplines they teach.

Yes, absolutely. Our Conflict Management courses are perfect for lone workers, since they teach priceless conflict management skills, together with the physical skills necessary to quickly de-escalate a conflict, and the best way to reach a safe area.