Managing Director Malpeet K9 Academy
I commenced my career at the age of 17 as an Infantry soldier with the Royal Regiment of Wales. I served with the regiment in both Germany and Northern Ireland. It was in Northern Ireland that my passion began for working dogs, when I experienced army dog teams on operations with my regiment. I applied for a posting to the Army Dog Unit Northern Ireland which was successful and initially deployed as a Guard Dog handler. After further training I was selected for specialist work and spent a number of years with 3 Brigade Specialist Dog Section in South Armagh and worked on a number of successful counter terrorist operations throughout the province in the late 80’s early 90’s. On leaving the British Army I’ve been involved in the private security industry worldwide which has taken me to many diverse and interesting countries.
I have deployed on both training and operational tasks to the Philippines, Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, the Caribbean and Israel. Prior to forming Malpeet K9 Academy Ltd operating out of the United Kingdom in late 2008, I was operational throughout Iraq from the outset of the war. I not only handled EDD’s in extremely high risk environments but managed and trained both local and foreign handlers and armed security personnel on a number of projects country wide. I am and have been for many years dedicated to improving standards of the Security Dog Industry both in the UK and overseas. This led me to be one of the founder members of the National Association of Security Dog Users in its formation in 1996. I was privileged enough to be elected as chairman in 2008 where I held the post for over five years until I stood down in April 2014. Since standing down as chairman, I remain as an active committee member.
I have continued with my personal career development and hold industry training and operational qualifications in a number of disciplines outside of dog handling such as Advanced Combat First Aid and Tactical Firearms training. I’m also a trainer for various Security Industry Association (SIA) units to include Conflict Management, Security Guarding and Door Supervision. I hold a SIA Close Protection Licence. Since November 2014 I have been employed as a senior consultant for a large security company operating throughout Africa. My remit has been to assist in NASDU accreditation and provide a ‘Train The Trainer’ programme for both General Purpose Patrol and Explosive Detection. This involves regular visits to Kenya and additionally Kenyan nationals attending training here with us at the Malpeet K9 Academy in South Wales. I regularly instruct on General Purpose, Drug (passive screening / proactive detection) and Explosive Detection courses at my K9 Academy in South Wales and overseas. My team and I have trained over 400 dogs and handlers over the past six years. I am regularly invited to give talks or act as guest speaker at various security and law enforcement events around the globe. I have been involved as an expert adviser for the development of two National Occupational Standards namely Security Search and Security Dog Handling. I have been active and taken the lead in the development of a number of dog handling qualifications within the private security industry accredited by HABC and NASDU. For which Malpeet K9 Academy ran nearly all of the first pilot courses in the UK.
I was honoured to be invited to work with Lewa wildlife Conservancy in 2015 providing training and specialist consultancy on anti-poaching dog and handler teams in Kenya. This involves selection and initial training of tracker dogs in South Wales followed by dog and handler training in both UK and Kenya.