About Horizon

Horizon is an internationally renowned and accredited security and medical company founded in response to the growing need for bespoke solutions for individuals and corporate clients.

We offer a comprehensive range of services in the provision of security consultancy, security management, manned guarding services, training and manpower solutions.

We pride ourselves in delivering an unrivalled level of service with the key goal of surpassing our clients’ needs and expectations, both in terms of service delivery and in the way we constantly and dynamically adapt our processes to meet the evolving needs of our esteemed clients’.

What makes us differ from our competitors is that we invest our time and resources into customer service, quality assurance, and employee job satisfaction. Furthermore, our services are customised to our client’s needs and budget.

At Horizon we embrace the diversity of our clients’ operations, and understand that each faces different challenges and has a different appetite to risk depending on their in-house capabilities, organisational structure and global reach. This guarantees our valued clients that they will be well-protected and receive an exceptional service that is applicable to their security needs for the best possible price.

We provide our clients’ with qualified, professionals, licensed and trained in the protection of people and assets. Our staff are skilled in many areas, and have been trained to work in numerous capacities and environments.

If you require further information on any of the services featured on this website or would like to discuss your specific requirements in detail, please contact us for more information. We look forward to working with you.

Key Personalities

Paul Muir

CEO & Founder

Paul Muir served in the British Army Parachute Regiment (2nd Battalion) from 1999-2005 conducting operational tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, Balkans and Northern Ireland. Upon leaving the Army Paul entered the private security industry conducting PSD and close protection duties in Iraq, Afghanistan and London in support to the Ambassador of the European Commission, the Department of Defence and Sultan of Oman, to name just a few.  Paul then conducted 2 years as a Maritime Security Officer for a number of PMSC’s within the IRTC, Red Sea, Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean.

Paul founded Horizon in 2012.

John McVey

Managing Director

John has over 33 years operational and strategic experience in security and crisis response. During his 23 years, military service, John served with the Royal Military Police Close Protection Unit (CPU) as a Close Protection leader and trainer.  John was attached to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office on several worldwide assignments as the senior protection officer to Her Majesty’s Ambassadors deployed in hostile environments. One of his most prestigious operational roles was as the team leader to Lord Paddy Ashdown during his tender in Bosnia.

On leaving the British Army John extended his experience in the commercial security industry taking up deputy country manager and project manager roles throughout the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa for companies such as Control Risks, BP and Black and Veatch.  John continued to carry out training roles and with his extensive knowledge of the security industry he has also developed his skills into a security consulting role.

A keen outdoor enthusiast with a passion for skiing

Chris Campbell

Operations Manager

Chris Campbell served in the British Army Adjutant General’s Corps (SPS) Branch.  During his time in the military Chris was attached to various Regiments and Corps in a variety of different clerical roles, both in the UK and overseas.

Upon leaving the Army Chris began a career within the health and social care sector, latterly working as a Service Manager accountable for the operational delivery of services for one of the UK’s largest third sector organisations.

Chris joined Horizon in 2015 and with his meticulous approach and innovative attitude has developed and implemented effective quality management systems that enforce the required standards of safety, legality, quality, compliance and accreditation.

Colette Owens

Business Administrator

Colette Owens brings to Horizon a wealth of experience in project management and administration. Colette commenced her career as a Project Manager for international development contracts in the Pacific and Asia, managing large scale teams of personnel.

Colette spent ten years working for the Australian Government developing policies and programs for health services prior to returning to her home in Scotland in early 2018.

Colette initially joined Horizon as an Administration Assistant before expanding her remit to include the management of projects in Afghanistan and taking a more active role in working with graduates to find employment following completion of the course.

Colin Maclachlan

Security Consultant

Colin spent 17 years in the British Army, the first half with 1 Royal Scots and the latter half with UK Special Forces (22 SAS). During that time Colin was involved in several high-profile operations and has seen operational tours in Northern Ireland, Balkans, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Colin has been employed within the security sector for the last 13 years and has been a bodyguard for the UK Government, Saudi Royal Family, National News Organisations and several A List Celebrities. Colin has also been involved in a consultancy and training role for projects throughout the Middle East.

Colin has authored books on terrorism and leadership and is frequently in the TV and media on various subjects. He holds an MA (Hons) First Class Degree in History and an M.Litt. in Terrorism. He is one of a handful of people who have been involved in hostage negotiation, hostage rescue and been a hostage himself.

Currently Colin works with Horizon as a Surveillance and Close Protection Instructor but is also a qualified medic.

Jamie Painter

Security Consultant

Jamie Painter served with the Royal Marines in a variety of operational roles that included close protection and surveillance, before leaving to embark on a career in the private security sector in 2002.

Since that time, he has been working at the pinnacle of the security industry as a security consultant, specialist instructor and close protection team leader with responsibility for the safety of royalty, heads of state, high profile celebrities and business executives, including six years as the personal protection officer for a high-ranking member of the Saudi Royal Family.

During his career Jamie has operated in over thirty countries, across five continents, many of which were post conflict or austere environments, including Libya, Colombia and Venezuela. Jamie has also led covert surveillance operations across Europe and Asia and undertaken maritime anti-piracy duties in the Gulf of Aden.

Following several years as the lead instructor for some of the UK’s foremost security training companies, Jamie founded Galahad Associates with the aim of raising the standard of Close Protection training and he has designed and delivered courses globally for a range of government and private organisations.

Steve Lambert (Tab)

Security Consultant

Steve has 32 years of military and security industry experience with various teeth-arm units and organisations including a training team member with 4/73 (Sphinx) Special OP Bty, R.A. He then spent 7-years in Baghdad, as a Close Protection Team Leader, Security Advisor and Training Manager, where he provided Close Protection for 3 successive US Army Commanding Generals responsible for the Iraq reconstruction effort. Upon promotion, Steve had oversight of training for all Close Protection Operatives and was the Tactical Advisor to Senior Military Commanders and Project Directorate on the largest security contract in Iraq.

Steve then founded a training academy, specialising in training former servicemen as Hostile Environment CPOs. The 5-week Level 4 Hostile Environment CP course that he wrote, designed and delivered being recognised as one of the top-ten courses of its kind in the world by the respected Close Protection Domain. He also wrote the technical response and training material of a successful joint tender to deliver the current pre-deployment security awareness training to the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office and their associated HM Government departments. Steve currently combines his role as a Project Security Manager in Libya, with Threat Replication tasks, Executive CP for long-term clients and delivering Close Protection training in the UK and overseas.

Keith Hale

Driving Instructor

Keith Hale brings almost 35 years driving experience of which the last 25 years have been at the highest level of driving experience, having served in Scotland’s Strathclyde Police (Now Police Scotland) Road Traffic Department and post retirement in a demanding position in the Scottish Government.  Keith’s training and expertise include full Level 1 Security Escort Driving qualification, Police Traffic Department Advanced driver, Armoured car driving, Gold Level ROSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Advanced Driver, former IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) Driving Assessor, 4×4 driving trained, ECO awareness driver experienced.

During Keith’s time in Strathclyde Police he attended many serious and fatal road traffic collisions whilst travelling safely in the highest specification vehicles at very high speeds in “blue light” situations.

Keith thereafter was employed by the Scottish Government for over 10 years in the capacity as a security escort ministerial driver and had the honour of driving the now First Minister of Scotland; Ms Nicola Sturgeon daily for over 8 years, allied to the transportation of other Scottish Office ministers including former First Ministers Mr Alex Salmond and Mr Jack McConnell plus driving other high-ranking UK and external governmental ministers of the VERY highest order in security convoys.

Keith is also a fully accredited and registered Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) UAV (drone) pilot which can be utilised to provide surveillance assistance and other Corporate uses.

Keith continues to update his skills and training experience on an ongoing basis and offers specialist Transport and Logistics advice to companies wishing to utilise his extensive Transport and Security experience.

Christopher Morris MCPara

Medical Director

Christopher Morris is a registered Paramedic with the UK Health Care Professional Council and an associate lecturer in Paramedic Science at the Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge and Chelmsford.

He is a member of the National Crime Agency Special Operations medical faculty as a subject matter expert.

Chris has extensive experience in medical support for hostile close protection operations worldwide on behalf of diplomatic missions and high net worth individuals.

He was instrumental in setting up Medical Emergency Response Teams (MERT) in Afghanistan in support of UN operations during the countries inaugural elections. On many occasions leading high risk medical/casualty evacuations for injured UN personnel.

Chris has also trained and managed medical evacuation teams in countries such as, Pakistan, Libya, Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq.

His skills are kept current with regular front line NHS paramedic work and specialist medical training for NHS/military and private clients.

Aebhric O’Kelly, FAWM, DipPara, Critical Care Paramedic

Remote Medicine Lead Instructor

With a background in Special Forces medicine, Aebhric brings to Europe a unique approach to Wilderness and Operational Medicine. After serving as a police officer, Aebhric spent ten years in the US Army where he trained in austere medicine as a Green Beret. Since he left the army his academic work in Medicine and Wilderness Psychology culminated in a Master’s degree. He is Senior Faculty for the College of Remote and Offshore Medicine.

Aebhric spent 3 years on the faculty for the Battlefield Advanced Trauma Life Support (BATLS) course run by the British Military and is a member of the Wilderness Medical Society and a level 5 member of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. He earned his Diploma of Paramedic Science and the Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, he currently serves on the FAWM curriculum committee for WMS and is a board certified Tactical Paramedic and Critical Care Paramedic.

Mark Glover

Critical Care Paramedic Lead Instructor

Mark started his working life serving in HM Forces from 1987, serving overseas deployed on operational tours across the Middle East and Africa. He left in 1995 to pursue a civilian career and made the successful transition into the Engineering Industry.

In 2003 Mark decided on a complete career change and joined an NHS Ambulance Service in the East of England. In 2007, he successfully qualified and registered as a Paramedic.

Over the next few years’ Mark split his time between working on a consultancy basis providing close protection and medical expertise to several clients in often remote and hostile locations, such as, Iraq, Afghanistan, Niger, Libya, and working within the NHS system in the UK. In 2012 Mark achieved a long-held ambition, spending 3 years on a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service in a Critical Care Paramedic role.

2015 saw Mark arrive in Malta setting up a Corporate Emergency Medical Assistance division supporting clients in Libya and successfully implemented the Offshore Medical Services for Op Triton & the EU Frontex migrant rescue; on behalf of the UK Government.

Mark holds a degree in Emergency Medical Care, is a qualified HSE Offshore Medic and former Instructor with UK Defence Medical Services

Tom Johnston BEM

Senior Medical Instructor

Tom Johnston BEM served 12 years in the infantry followed by 5 and a half years in the Royal Army Medical corps. Tom served 3 tours in Northern Ireland and also served in the 1st Gulf Conflict. He was also the lead medic during the Lockerbie disaster, duties included, running the make shift morgue assisting the police with identifying casualties and being present during autopsy’s.

Tom is an RMA 1, CMT 1 and Battlefield Advanced Trauma and Life Support trained. Upon leaving the Army Tom worked with St Andrews Ambulance Association as a lead trainer. He was also a lead train the trainer up to SVQ level and is a qualified Close Protection Operative.

Tom joined the Horizon shortly after the company’s inception and is currently Horizon’s Senior Medical Instructor regularly delivering FPOS, FREC & MIRA courses from our UK training centre and across Europe.

Robert (Robbie) Munnik

Medical Instructor

Robbie started his career in the South African Navy as a Diver. He is currently serving as a Combat Medic in the Parachute Regiment after starting his medical career in a medical regiment. He has conducted military medical training in numerous countries including, Cyprus, Canada, Falklands and Kenya where he assisted in setting up numerous clinics for local nationals. Additionally, Robbie is the primary medical trainer / medic for the Parachute regiment covering North of England and Scotland training new recruits and soldiers alike. 

Robbie joined the Horizon Medical Team in 2018 and continues to deliver First Aid, FREC, FPOS and MIRA training on a regular basis.

Joel Bennett

Krav Maga Instructor

Joel Bennett is a Senior Instructor within an International Krav Maga Organisation and an active Close Protection Operative.

Joel currently runs numerous martial arts club and provides high level security for private clients across the UK. He has worked with civilians, police officers, the military (including international Special Forces) and members of the security industry in various capacities as both a trainer and in an operational capacity.

Joel’s knowledge in both the traditional Ju-Jitsu and Krav Maga brings a hybrid style of combatives that is highly effective, relevant and simple to learn.  As an active Close Protection Operative with extensive operational experience (including high threat and government level contracts) and as an advanced unarmed combat instructor, Joel uses his experience along with a solid martial arts background to teach a unique syllabus of techniques aimed for third party protection and military/law enforcement application.

Lance Black

Aviation Director

Lance started his career in the British Army where he served for 8 years of which included two Op Telic tours.  Lance left the Army to pursue a career in the private security sector and thus spent the next 8 years working in almost all the other private security sectors of including Maritime Security, Close Protection and Aviation Security industries.

Lance started form the bottom and would eventually hold senior positions in Close Protection, Aviation Security and intelligence roles.  He most recently worked in Africa where he helped to start up an new Airline called Air Djibouti as the Head of Security and Intelligence, one of the many roles he was required to do whilst in this position was to liaise with National Police of Djibouti and Somalia to ensure safe and secure flights in and out of Mogadishu

Ian Patrick

Aviation Commercial Director

Ian is an Aviation Industry professional with over 25 years’ experience.  Ian would eventually hold senior positions such as Commercial Director and Chief Executive Officer, with 4 successful start-up airlines including Jet Airways. Ian most recently focused on Aviation in Africa and helped to start up Air Djibouti, Ian also helped with the improvement of infrastructure, safety and security in Djibouti

Stephen Finlayson SAC Dip, NRCQ Dip

Special Projects Director

Stephen’s early career in the British Army saw him serve 23 years within The Parachute Regiment, followed by 14 years across the Middle East and Asia, covering a multitude of high profile projects.

Stephen is a versatile senior subject-matter expert and client advisor, encompassing the full spectrum of Security Risk Management.

As the company Special Projects Director, under which he is responsible for the global delivery of the company’s full range of risk management services.

Primarily focusing on, identifying, manages, mitigates and monitors risks, threats and vulnerabilities associated with organisational and personal activities.  Specifically, this involves leading projects associated with UHNWI security services and to have a one-stop shop for UHNWI.  It also entails providing expert support to major investigations, comprehensive audits of security operations, and independent assessments of all aspects of physical security.

Stephen brings a problem-solving perspective refined by his expertise in several distinct areas. These include; expert understanding of information sharing and intelligence driven technologies and associated national guidelines and standards; Practical, hands-on experience in its application to complex challenges; and a strong track record of leadership in aligning projects with the organisation’s mission, business and core operations.