Richard Latham MA CSyP FSyI

Tier 1 Security is run by Richard Latham ......

An output oriented Chartered Security Professional with board level experience in commercial entertainment and tourism security, protecting Parliament, as an intelligence specialist and as a senior leader in the British Army. Planned and delivered the security of The O2 and the House of Commons at a time of the highest threat, preventing any security incident from interrupting business. Planned, redesigned, and delivered security for the world’s most popular music and entertainment venue ensuring safety and success under close commercial scrutiny. Redesigned search, patrolling and staff deployments to deliver enhanced security and improved customer satisfaction whilst increasing efficiency. These are now industry leaders in event security. 

Leading through Others – Proactive, enthusiastic and experienced leader of individuals and teams demonstrated as a senior Army officer and security director Strategic Thinking – Analytical mind coupled with strategic vision demonstrated balancing security and customer experience in the commercial entertainment field and at ParliamentBias for Action – Output focused, flexible and courageous decision maker with experience of leading change in the parliamentary, diplomatic, entertainment and tourism worldsSound Decision Making and Judgement – Ability to balance issues and deliver key outputs under pressure and commercial scrutiny - demonstrated as Head of Security at The O2 and as a Whitehall terrorism expertTrusted Adviser – Complete discretion and integrity demonstrated through membership of The O2 Senior Leadership Team and daily interaction with Members of Parliament as House of Commons Director of Security and as an expert security witnessCommunications – An experienced public speaker able to convey complexity with simplicity and to produce concise and effective written and verbal reportsSecurity Expertise – Experience in risk assessment, physical and procedural security, investigations, event security, crisis management, travel security and project management


Head of Security at Shakespeare’s Globe

In a newly established post conceived, planned and delivered all security arrangements for this high profile and iconic target and associated events with 1M footfallWith the Security Service developed a new suite of tools to counter hostile reconnaissance  Developed and maintained close relationships with neighbours, government, the security industry, law enforcement, event planners and intelligence agencies

Expert Security Witness for the Manchester Arena Inquiry

Head hunted to analyse the security evidence, report and make recommendations

Head of Security at The O2 (AEG Europe)

Responsible for all aspects of security at the most popular live music and entertainment venue in the worldLed the reaction to a terrorism incident at The O2 liaising with the key agencies and ensuring that the show went on for 17,000 guestsRedesigned the search and screening procedures to address the terrorist threat whilst improving customer satisfaction by 12%Redesigned the security staff laydown delivering increased security at reduced cost

Director of Security (Deputy Serjeant at Arms) for the House of Commons
2013 –2015

Conceived, planned and delivered all security arrangements for House of Commons during a period of high and rising threat enabling Parliament to continue to safely function and for large high-profile events to be deliveredCritically analysed and adapted £31M per annum security contract; delivered enhanced security and better, more personalised customer service at reduced costAdapted the parliamentary response to UK Terrorist Threat Level rising to SEVERE; delivered enhanced protection and doubled the Parliamentary incident response capability Authored and implemented all House of Commons emergency procedures; as a result, new and improved security plans are in place and rehearsed for any eventualityInteracted daily with Members of Parliament and the public; ensured excellent customer service tailored to meet individual needs

HM Forces
1986 – 2012

Head of Employment Strategy for the British Army, Andover 2010 – 2012
Conceived, planned and delivered a new diversity strategy for the British Army; gained support of Army senior leadership and enhanced military operational effectiveness by improving small unit cohesion
Counter Terrorism Senior Global Risk Manager, Whitehall, London 2009 – 2010
Headhunted by the UK’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre as Chief of StaffDirected, managed and optimised 160 intelligence analysts drawn from across government departments and civilian agencies preventing terrorist attacks in UKFostered international security relationships, provided advice to government ministers, and prevented terrorist attacks against UK’s interests worldwide
Commanding Officer, Specialist Weapons School, Wiltshire 2007 – 2009
Led a 200 strong team of staff delivering the training of 2,500 infantry specialists each yearPlanned, resourced and delivered all British Army Specialist Weapons training; trained 30% more soldiers on the most up to date weapons systems ready for operations 
Senior Global Risk Manager – The Foreign and Commonwealth Office 2004 – 2007
Commanded soldiers on operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Northern Ireland  Diplomatic and intelligence experience across Europe, Asia, the USA and Canada
Fellow of the Security Institute (FSyI)
2019Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) 2016Certificate in Mediation Skills – Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations 2011
UK Government Secret Security Clearance 2020Master of Arts Degree (MA) in Defence Studies – Cranfield University 2000psc(j) – Joint Services Command and Staff College Graduate 1999Graduateship in Military Technology – City and Guilds of London Institute 1999Diploma in Marketing and Financial Accounting 1986