CTG Global Team - Key Personnel

Advisory Board

Chairman – The Lord Westbury MBE

Educated at Harrow School and Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, Richard Westbury was commissioned into the Scots Guards in 1970 and subsequently joined the SAS in 1975.  He served four operational tours, was decorated for bravery in 1978 and appointed MBE in 1979.  During his time in the SAS he worked on every continent, being intimately involved in many international incidents during the 1980s.

From 1988 to 1991 he served as Deputy Chief Executive of The Leadership Trust, an executive training centre providing leadership and management training for over 2,500 chief executive officers and other key executives each year.  In 1991, Westbury was invited to join Defence Systems Ltd., a company providing security services mainly in Africa.  He became a director and Deputy Chief Executive in 1993 and Chief Executive Officer in 1995.  During this time, the client base was increased from 8 to over 200 multinational companies and supra-national agencies.  In 1996, Westbury and the Chairman of Defence Systems led a successful management buyout from Hambro Group Investments with the support of NatWest Ventures and DLJ Phoenix and merged with a U.S. public company.

He left Defence Systems in 1998 and in 1999 formed the HART Group.  The HART Group, of which Richard Westbury is Chairman, initially solely provided specialized security services on a global basis however through many acquisitions and new initiatives now comprises of Hart International, a globally recognized and renowned Security provider; CTG Global, a Human Resources and Programme Management Company working globally for the UN and other aid and development Agencies; Longport, a company specializing in aviation security in South America; Erinys, a security company similar to HART operating in Iraq and Africa; and Symbion Power, an engineering, procurement and construction company, which Richard co-founded, that specialises in complex electrical infrastructure power projects and owns 3 Power Plants in Tanzania, 2 in Nigeria and one in Mexico.

Richard’s empire employs over 8,000 staff globally, has offices and operations in over 43 countries worldwide and has been a prime contractor of USAID, DFID, MCC and the United Nations on many occasions.  An active Chairman who has carefully selected his global management teams with the relevant Subject Matter Expertise to provide an encompassing range of Land, Maritime and Aviation Security products, Power, Human Resources and Project Management Services. 

Richard Westbury is a Vice President of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) and an Officer in the Order of St John.


Chief Executive Officer – Alice Laugher

Alice is the CEO of CTG Global, a company that provides unique support to the humanitarian and development community in fragile and conflict-affected countries, specialising in the rapid mobilisation of personnel and operational support.

Taking over the company in 2007, she quickly expanded the existing operations from focusing solely on Afghanistan to include international humanitarian and development aid organisations worldwide. Today CTG are operational in 25 countries. 

From the day that Alice stepped into Iraq, in 2003, she felt a certainty that she was meant to work assisting communities of fragile countries. The memorable experiences as CEO of CTG have been many: the impact that the CTG teams made in Liberia during the Ebola crisis where they ran three Ebola units. (The CTG team of Ebola fighters was included in Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ awards 2014); the positivity of the people she met when visiting Gaza; and being part of projects that help to advance sustainability in local communities such as food distribution in Sudan and monitoring in Somalia.

Alice is on the steering committee for the UN Global Compact and is proud to be an advocate for the Women’s Empowerment Principles and their Business 4 Peace Programme. Her vision is for CTG to be a world leader in the provision of humanitarian and development project support in challenging environments globally.


Penny Beels

Penny Beels is a highly experienced professional in the International Security and Post-Conflict Stabilisation fields. She has worked for the UK Government and in the Private Security and Risk Management sector.  Penny has taken an active role in Democracy Building with International Institutions including the United Nations. 

Her career began in 1973 in the UK Security Service.  She has served operationally in Northern Ireland (from 1976-77) and throughout the Balkans and has experience in operations, logistics, training, human resources, communications, contingency planning and emergency evacuation procedures, protocol and conference management.  Since Penny has worked on a plethora of extensive missions for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Cabinet of the High Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the European Commission, the European Council and NATO. 

As well as being a member of CTG’s Board of Directors, Penny is a partner of a small NGO, Post Conflict People, which works towards improving practical performance of Governments, International Agencies, Companies and individuals working in post-conflict areas. She also works in a private capacity providing advisory services in emerging markets and for special projects.

For the last 8 years, Penny has held the role of the Deputy Director General of the British Association of Private Security Companies (BAPSC). 


The Executive Leadership Team

Senior Vice President – Alexander Bethell

Alexander is responsible for business development, client relationship management and new project mobilisation globally. Alexander maintains comprehensive oversight and management of these core functions ensuring CTG meets our ever evolving requirements to provide quality services to our clients by ensuring that all global programme staff are trained, skilled and operated in compliance with all company policies and procedures which have been established. Since joining CTG in mid-2010 following graduating from the University of Leeds, Alexander has been fundamental in supporting the initial operational phases emerging from CTG’s appointment of international and local consultants into new territories, and will support the on-going personnel management, remotely, until such time as CTG requires a permanent international presence.  In particular, Alexander currently manages CTG’s on-going programmes across a number of African countries, so has a unique understanding of the programme implementation issues in these diverse and challenging environments.  Alexander supports the Recruitment team with sourcing new potential consultants from around the globe and ensures that their quality is to the highest possible standard.  Throughout his tenure Alexander has and continues to spend much of his time based in the field in order to ensure the efficient management of our programmes in a number of countries where CTG has considerable operations; to date this has included Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya and Kenya.

Director of Operations – James Veysey

James has over 15 years' experience in Human Resources and Management Consulting. He began his career working for Humanitarian Aid organizations and then spent 8 years as a management consultant working across a range of sectors mainly focussed on HR and organizational development. Amongst his past roles, he has been HR Director for a large British security firm operating across the Middle East and North Africa and he was a General Manager of a remote site medical company.

James is a linguist and has spent over 13 years working overseas. He has high sensitivity to working across-cultures and operating in challenging and high risk environments.

He has had significant exposure of all elements of the human capital cycle ranging from large-scale recruitment campaigns to managing significant change. He has also led several major IT implementation projects.


The Senior Management Team

Afghanistan Country Manager – Jason Smith

Jason joined the company in January 2015 . He has worked for over 10 years in developing relationships and investment in both conflict and post conflict environments concentrating on the Humanitarian sector and also with the governments of Iraq , Afghanistan and South Sudan.

He developed the Afghanistan investment summits in 2007 and has successfully expanded this year on year with the US government agencies , Ministers and many UN agencies His business experience has given him a clear understanding of the needs and requirements from both the donor sector and the commercial entities working in challenging environments.

Jason manages the complete day to day requirements of the business in Afghanistan overseeing all elements of the business from client management, HR and personnel management, operations, program implementation and administration.

Regional Manager, Operations and Field Services Africa Anthony Rudd

A recent addition to the management team, Anthony joined CTG in 2014 and comes with 22 years British Military experience providing Life Support, Logistics and construction seeing active service in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan, while also deploying on challenging construction projects in Canada and Kenya.

Anthony has spent the last two years with a Global Solutions Company covering Africa as a Subject Matter Expert with Technical Services and most recently Program Manager based in Dubai in particular focusing on potential new business, during the last couple of years Anthony lived and worked in Somalia attended business trips in Kenya conduct reconnaissance in Liberia, Guinea and Mali, worked on United Nation and Commercial Tenders in Uganda and the Central African Republic to name but a few.

Anthony will report directly to the General Manager focusing on CTG’s Regional Business Development, Current Client Relationships, Crisis Management and Risk Mitigation while providing valuable experience in Proposal Writing, Tender Submission and New Project Mobilisation.

With Anthony’s wealth of military experience in conflict zones and remote locations alongside his invaluable experience in Africa this will be advantageous to CTG’s future development into Africa.

Financial Analyst Ervin Massey

Ervin is a Finance specialist with over 16 years of experience in logistics and Financial Management within regional-related companies including Supreme and Ecolog. Ervin brings with him more than 19 years of financial, general management and controller experience within multi-regional and multiple business stream control environments.

Ervin is responsible for a reliable and efficient cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism to ensure CTG is able to meet and exceed the clients’ operational needs. Ervin will ensure that the accounts processes being implemented for this contract meet the industry standards and follow best practice.

HR Director – Lisa Flanagan

Lisa has over 10 years of international experience in recruitment and HR management. She has extensive experience in recruiting for a broad spectrum of positions for government, non-government organizations, commercial, retail, hospitality and security sectors, remote and emerging markets. Lisa has managed a number of recruitment drives across different continents and regions simultaneously. These recruitment drives have been managed remotely and involve not only search and selection but also testing and interviewing candidates. Lisa continuously improves on her Recruitment Training and Assessment Certification.

As a Recruitment Manager, Lisa has come up with a versatile and efficient recruitment process to ensure that all our clients will be provided with highly skilled and well-experienced staff in their operations. She is responsible for the sourcing, screening and processing of CTG’s consultants all over the world, and is used to working within our clients’ budgets and sometimes extremely tight timelines.

Africa Programmes – Jared Onyango

Jared is responsible for the complete personnel management systems and administration of CTG’s clients in across Africa. With extensive experience in assisting programmes and data collection across South Sudan, North Korea, Kenya and Somalia, Jared contributes considerably to CTG’s programme management in Kenya, Somalia, Libya, Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Benin and Ethiopia. Based in our Kenya Regional HQ with frequent visits to our Africa sub-offices, Jared provides the day to day management of our personnel including complete administrative assistance in the form of processing payroll, insurance, contract management, operations and life support. Jared has a unique understanding of the programme implementation issues, including working within a clan governed environment and has provided CTG with considerably introductions to local authorities. Jared also provides a vital role in recruiting local national staff allowing CTG to ensure that our Clients are provided with vetted and qualified personnel they would be content utilizing as representative of their organization.





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