Global Advisory Board

Mike Thompson

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Mike served for over 30 years in the Metropolitan and Surrey police services and the Association of Chief Police Officers, mainly in Detective management roles. Whilst at New Scotland Yard with the Racial and Violent Crime Task Force, he pioneered new policing disciplines following the critical findings of The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry report, including Family Liaison, Critical Incident Management, Hate Crime Investigation and Disaster Victim Identification.

These disciplines were operationally tested during many significant critical incidents of recent years, most notably the London Bombings of 2005, for which Mike received a Commissioner’s commendation.

Mike worked for The Mayor of London on the London Resilience Team co-coordinating the work of regional and local government, the emergency services, statutory bodies and private business enterprise across London in relation to mass disaster, terrorism and organised crime impacting on resilience, such as metal theft.

Since retiring from the police service he has worked in a number of consultant roles in corporate security management and investigation, and in the public sector for Surrey Police in co-coordinating the North Surrey Criminal Investigation response and The Serious Fraud Office.

Mike is an ASIS Certified Protection Professional, a Fellow of The Security Institute and holds a First Class Honours degree in Risk and Security Management from Portsmouth University.

Sir Ken Knight

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Sir Ken commenced his fire service career in 1966 and served in a number of UK fire brigades. As a Chief Fire Officer he served as the Chief Fire Officer of Dorset and West Midlands Fire Services before becoming to London’s Fire Commissioner in 2003 until 2007, which included the London Bombings.

From 2007 until January 2013, Sir Ken was the Federal Government’s Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser for England, advising on fire policy matters and providing advice during major catastrophic emergencies.

In May 2013, Sir Ken Knight published an efficiencies review of the 46 Fire and Rescue Services in England which was commissioned by the Federal Government. He also produced a report for Federal Government on fire and rescue services response to the widespread flooding in 2007.

Sir Ken also completed a review of the fire and rescue services in Southern Ireland, Bermuda and Gibraltar and also the national fire safety and civil defense arrangements in the Kurdish region of Iraq at the request of the Kurdish Regional Government.

Her majesty the Queen awarded Sir Ken the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in 1991 and the CBE in 2001. Sir Ken was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the fire and rescue service.

P.J. Richardson

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In addition to serving on the global advisory board for Worldwide Disaster Response Goup, P.J. Richardson is currently Chairman of the EXTOL Group, Inc., a private investment group, specializing in Disaster Response, Disaster Recovery & Mass Fatality Management.  He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Reeves Group, (TRG) Inc., a company he founded in 1990 and divested to The Carlyle Group, a private investment group, in January, 2005. He has more than thirty-five years experience in Occupational Safety & Health Care related markets. TRG is the technology leader for products used in the consequence management of WMD events of a Chemical/Biological nature and Disaster Response. TRG specializes in the development and manufacture of Tactical Mass Decontamination Equipment and Tactical Patient/Casualty movement.

Mr. Richardson has considerable hands-on experience. He has been directly involved with a wide range of Major Disaster Recovery efforts. Over the course of his career he has participated directly in efforts such as: TWA 800 in 1996 and COMAIR 3272 in Detroit in 1997. On September 11, 2001. Mr. Richardson and disaster teams from Reeves, deployed to both Shanksville, PA for United Flight 93 and New York City to assist at the WTC-Ground Zero. Mr. Richardson and his teams spent more than three months at both sites handling all decontamination efforts. In March, 2003, Mr. Richardson deployed to Iraq to train and assist in the recovery and decontamination of Human Remains as a result of the impact of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On March 20, 2003, Mr. Richardson and a small Team of specialized contractors and military personnel traveled to  Iraq to recover the remains of 16 U.S. and British Marines, killed as  a result of the crash of a CH-46 Sea Knight Helicopter, in route to Basra to defend an Iraqi oil rig. Additionally, Mr. Richardson along with other members of a small, specialized team worked diligently to establish a Mortuary Collection Point at Camp Doha, Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Richardson is humbled and grateful for having had this opportunity to serve.

Prior to the formation of TRG, Richardson served as President & Chief Executive Officer of Racal Health & Safety, Incorporated, a subsidiary of Racal Electronics PLC. Early in his career Richardson spent considerable time with The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. He held a series of senior level positions over ten plus years with the J&J organization.

Mr. Richardson is currently very active in Pro-Bono Publico work in the area of Public Safety, specifically in the areas of Homeland Security and Disaster Relief.  Richardson currently serves on several Boards of both publicly traded and privately held corporations. Richardson re­ceived his BBA from St. Michael’s College. Mr. Richardson holds several U.S. Patents and has co-authored several books, two books for Thomas Nelson Publishers & one for Baker Book House. Mr. Richardson’s writings are in the sports and business related fields. In 1996 Nelson released The Way of an Eagle, a golf book and in 1997 Nelson released Wheels of Thunder, a motor racing book. Mr. Richardson recently released a new business book, Corporate Giants, published by Baker. A fourth book on golf is currently in development entitled, Faith on the Fairways .  Mr. Richardson is an extremely active public speaker for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Christian Businessmen’s Committee. He resides in South Carolina with his wife of forty-one years and has two grown sons and three grandchildren.