Regional Security Manager Europe, Middle East & Africa, Black & Veatch
Born in Pretoria, South Africa; grew up in Johannesburg having attended boarding school in the Natal Midlands. Iain has now been living in England since the late 90’s.
At the age of 18, Iain was plucked from his comfortable life pretending to be a student studying public relations and summoned into the South African Defense Force. Little did Iain know that as a result of Conscription he had found his calling. Iain went on to Commission into the infantry where his first command was a horse mounted platoon of men.
Iain then spotted an opportunity to join the British Army where he again served as an Infantry and then Cavalry Officer for a number of years. Her Majesty facilitated Iain’s quest for adventure by sending him to an assortment of exotic locations such as Canada, Kosovo, Spain, Germany, Kuwait and Iraq to name a few. Iain still serves as a Reservist with the British Army.
After leaving the Regular Army, Iain spent a number of years in Iraq working with organisations such as USAID and the Iraqi Electoral Commission. From the comforts of Mesopotamia, Iain went on to manage a food security programme for USAID in Afghanistan. Most of his work was concentrated in the rural areas away from the influences of Kabul.
Before ending up in India, Iain enjoyed seeing Libya just after the revolution and Sierra Leone before the outbreak of Ebola conducting assessments on behalf of private business and the European Union. Iain then made Mumbai his home for the next four and a half years heading up the security and risk mitigation for that region. Inclusive of India, Iain looked after Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Shri Lanka.
Having recently been promoted, Iain now covers Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia.
Iain has a catch phrase “turning people into ambassadors of India.” He believes in approaching the environment with enthusiasm and turning what could be a negative situation into something positive. Mitigating Risk is how Iain enjoys success.