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

Having served in the British Army’s Airborne forces in multiple theatres, including Afghanistan, the Balkans and Northern Ireland, Paul left military service to embark upon a career in the security industry.  He carried out a number of high-profile roles acting as Close Protection for Diplomats, Middle Eastern government officials, and private High Net Worth Individuals.  Having held these types of key positions in a wide variety of environments including, Hostile, Fragile and even maritime, Paul identified an inconsistency in the standards of some colleagues, dependent upon where they trained.  In order to address this disparity of standards he decided to create Horizon Security Solutions in 2012, initially focussed upon training the next generation of security professionals, though subsequently expanding to cover a wide range of security and logistic services.

His priority is now ensuring that all areas of Horizon’s broad portfolio meet a consistently high standard, providing both value and quality to all clients.  Consequently, Horizon has achieved multiple accreditations and awards in the industry.

Chris Campbell

Director of Education

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.

Tom Watts – Program Director

Horizon West Africa

Tom spent his early career years within the Parachute Regiment which saw him on operational tours in Northern Ireland and Iraq. 

Upon leaving the Parachute Regiment, Tom has been employed within the private security sector for the past 14 years, having worked in Iraq, London, Yemen, Afghanistan and Nigeria. He has held management positions for the last 10 years within the development and NGO sectors, with his most recent position managing diplomatic security for a foreign embassy in Africa. 

Tom holds a BSc in Risk and Security Management and is a qualified IHCD Ambulance Technician. Tom has consulted for many organisations including Harvard University, where he carried out a Threat, Risk and Vulnerability Report within Afghanistan. He is also a member of the Security Institute and Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Steve Cottam

Lead Instructor Close Protection course

Steve served in the British Forces for 16 years conducting Special Intelligence operations across the globe saving the lives of British and Coalition forces. He has conducted multiple counter terrorism and counter Insurgency operations in Kuwait, Oman, Iraq and Intelligence Operations in Afghanistan.

Steve also brings a wealth of private industry knowledge – he has targeted counter narcotics, organised criminality and counter corruption in hostile environments across the world. Steve has also carried out close protection for HNW and NGO’s in benign and hostile environments.

Steve is also one of the elite Hunters on Channel 4’s hit show Hunted on series 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and Celebrity Hunted series 1,2 and 3

Simon Miles

Close Protection Instructor and Lead Instructor on the HECPO

Simon completed his military career with the Royal Military Police (RMP) in 2012. He served in the United Kingdom & Europe, West Africa, Canada, Balkans, Middle East (Iraq), and Central Asia (Afghanistan).

He began his career in the Royal Artillery (RA) in 1988, upon passing out of the Junior Leaders Regiment RA he was posted to Hohne Garrison, Germany as part of the BAOR (British Army of the Rhine). During his time in the RA he deployed on Operation Granby (1991), where he saw active service in the desert’s of Kuwait and Iraq. He also saw active service in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as a Team Commander, and later completed operational tours in Bosnia & Herzegovina towards the end of the civil War.

In 2001 Simon transferred to The Royal Military Police. Upon completion of his Police training he was posted back to Germany in a policing capacity. In 2004 he then attended and passed the Royal Military Police Close Protection (RMPCP) course at Longmoor, Hampshire. Upon successfully completing his course he was deployed immediately on Operation Telic (Iraq) as the Close Protection Officer for the Brigade Commander 7th Armoured Brigade (The Desert Rats).

Throughout his Military CP career Simon also served as an instructor at the Close Protection Unit (CPU) for 3 years. During which time he conducted Short Term Training Team (STTT) deployments in the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he was responsible for the design, delivery and assessments during the courses. He also delivered training on the RMPCP courses and Pre Deployment Training for the teams deploying around the globe.

Simon deployed from CPU on his final military CP operation tour to Kabul, Afghanistan on Op Bandog in support of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), providing CP support to Her Majesty’s Ambassadors, visiting high ranking UK military staff, diplomats, foreign dignitaries, UK Secretaries of State and other government politicians.

Kenny Walker

Lead Medical Instructor

Kenny served with the Royal Air Force Regiment within a variety of squadrons including the RAF Leuchars Mountain Rescue Team where he regularly deployed in Mountain Leader and Search Manager roles.

On leaving the Royal Air Force he undertook a variety of security management positions in both the public and private sectors before joining the Scottish Ambulance Service where his duties involved front line response and where, as an operational paramedic, he now crews a rapid response vehicle.

Having has also served as a member of the Special Operations Response Team involved in carrying out life-saving pre-hospital intervention in hostile and challenging environments Kenny has worked alongside partner emergency services in theatres as diverse as marauding shootings and CBRNe incidents to rail crashes and floodings.

Kenny is a liaison member of the College of Paramedics.

Paul Pinder

Medical Instructor

Paul spent 6 years in the armed forces with the British Army serving in the UK, Germany, with tours of the Falklands and the Gulf.

Moving into the emergency services in 2002 working as a fire fighter and ambulance technician. 2009 saw Paul qualify as a Paramedic working with The East of England Ambulance Trust.

Since leaving the UK for a career in the security industry working in the Oil & Gas sector and a team medic, rig medic, to running a Oil Production Facility clinic.

With the skills gained Paul has travelled the world delivering medical aid for may large organisations from the South Pacific to Mosul in 2017 working in a WHO field hospital.

He has been delivering medical courses and attachments for Horizon since 2016 gaining further teaching skills

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.

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.

Lance Black

Director of Aviaton

Lance has almost 17 years combined experience in the British Army and global security industry, holding senior positions in Maritime and Aviation security as well as Close Protection and intelligence.

Prior to commencing operations with Horizon, Lance performed the role of Head of Security and Intelligence for Air Djibouti in East Africa, overseeing all aspects of security from the Airline’s inception to commencement of full operations. In this role he not only involved overseeing all security activity involving the airline but also ensuring that it was compliant with ICAO standards. He was responsible for all security issues for the Airline, including operating in and out of Somalia.

In addition, Lance has also worked for many years’ in the private security industry working in management positions on behalf of clients such as Halliburton, BP and MAERSK.

Lance also served as a Royal Engineer in the British Army which included many operational deployments.

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