Our management team

Scorpion Protection International Ltd (SPI) consists of a diverse team of highly competent, committed and experienced personnel. Allow us to introduce you to some of our key management team members.

Lee Sherratt - S.A.C. Dip Investigation, Advanced Project Planning, Advanced Business Law, Advanced Security Management, CMS

Chief Executive Officer


Specialist areas of Expertise

Close Protection / PSD Operations, Security Consultancy, Professional Investigation & Surveillance, Firearms, Witness Protection & Healthcare Sector Professional Training and Security Operations / Consultancy, Event Management


Main Qualifications

  • Advanced Project Management
  • Advanced Business Law
  • Advanced Security Management
  • Professional Investigation
  • Close Protection Officer & International Instructor
  • Conflict Management Instructor
  • Physical Intervention Instructor
  • Control & Restraint / Handcuffing Instructor
  • PMA Instructor Healthcare Sector / Consultant Security Measures
  • Land based and Maritime Operations Firearms Competent / Instructor
  • UK Firearms Certificate, Range Conducting Officer 

Lee comes from a UK Government and Private Security Industry background, he possesses a vast amount of knowledge along with an extensive array of Security Industry experiences. He has fulfilled roles as PPO to various Royal Family members, Celebrities, Politicians and HNW individuals as well as managing security at International Televised Sporting Events and iconic venues such as Wembley, Olympia, Cardiff Arms Park to name but a few. He has personally overseen high profile witness protection, HNW Close Protection and surveillance operations and has worked as a member of the PSD (armed protection teams) overseas. As well as being the figure head and CEO for Scorpion, Lee continues to operate and teach, imparting his knowledge & experiences upon others helping to guide them along their chosen career path. His business experience includes holding previous senior and Director positions including CEO, MD and Operations Director of other established International security industry companies as well as experience at working at senior levels within the leisure & hotels sector.

In 2012 Lee was assigned as the principal counter terror trainer for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. His extensive knowledge and delivery earned him a futher role (working alongside Neil), as security operations manager for the duration of the games where he was responsible for the Main ODA Hub at Greenway. He personally managed the Counter Terror CP team alongside Neil who were assigned along with the contingent of 200 security personnel on site, ensuring safe access and egress to and from the Olympic park for thousands of visitors, military and police personnel.


In 2015 Lee's services were requested to Consult / Advise and partake in the filming of the Modern-Day Security Butler in preparation for Amazon TV pilot series.


Lee's family motto is "Hostis honori invidia - Envy is the enemy to honor", we will not aspire to be like others. "by keeping it real and delivering a world class service to our clientele we will achieve repeat business and the quality reputation we deserve, securing our future and continuing to do what we do best - providing professional protection and security services"..


Contact number

+44(0)7572 466938 Mobile

+44(0)1603 927050 Office




Neil Reader
Executive Director


Specialty areas of expertise

Teaching and Training, Security Consultancy, Surveillance and PSD

Government Services, public order training, custodial care (prison services), border control and counter terrorism


Neil served 16 years in the British Army before joining the Home Office. He has taught and operated throughout the world and brings a huge wealth of knowledge and operational experience to SPI. Neil is responsible for maintaining the ongoing high training standards and selection for both current and new SPI operators. Neil's operational experiences include previous protection of PM and their families, members of the Royal family, teaching and training alongside some of the world’s best including the FBI and Swat teams in the USA, Neil has also worked for various HNW individuals. He advises at the highest levels for governments on both training and operational issues giving SPI the edge over our competitors in risk, threat analysis and Security consultancy on an international basis. 


Main Qualifications


  • Degree in Teaching
  • Advanced Security Management
  • Close Protection Instructor
  • Conflict Management Instructor
  • Physical Intervention Instructor
  • Control & Restraint Instructor
  • Handcuff Instructor
  • Defense Against Edged Weapons Instructor
  • Public Order Instructor
  • Land based and Maritime Operations Firearms


Neil has many other security related qualifications as well as a diverse field of knowledge within the Security Industry.


Contact Number

+44(0)7951 720134 Mobile

+44(0)1603 927050 Office




James Vincent
Operations Director


Specialty areas

Close Protection Operations, Witness Protection, Investigations and Surveillance


Main Qualifications


  • Close Protection Operative
  • PMA Certificated
  • Handcuff and Control & Restraint Certificated
  • Maritime and Land based Operations Firearms Competent
  • FPOSi tier 2 medic
  • UK Firearms Certificate Holder,
  • Range Conducting Officer
  • Professional Investigation

James Joined the Royal Navy as a marine engineer and served onboard HMS Gloucester 

In October 1996 moved across to the Army posted to 17 Port and maritime Regt onboard HMAV Ardennes a heavy vehicle landing craft, whilst serving in the Army he was introduced to rugby he represented his regiment for several years as a second row and was involved in many cup wins and tours...


in April 2001 James joined the Police Force and began his investigative career. Upon leaving the Police he worked for British American Tobacco as a security officer. When I completed my Close Protection course in Norwich in 2012. I was recruited by another frontline company and then made the natural transition across into S.P.I.


As a Close Protection Operator James has successfully carried out many and varied tasks including surveillance, witness protection, security driving and VIP events, protection of staff and patients against highly aggressive and violent individuals at an NHS facility in Suffolk along with armed protection as a PSD officer overseas. 


James holds a UK Firearms license and regularly attends a rifle club where his skills as a certificated RCO are applied as well as undertaking the annual personal weapons assessment for land based and maritime operations.


JV is proficient in firearms, close quarter combat, handcuffing and is a tier 2 medic.


JV is integral to the daily ongoing operation of S.P.I and he is happy to take your call on the number below.


Contact Number

+44(0)7572 924446 Mobile

+44(0)1603 927050 Office




Lieutenant Colonel James M

Associate Director


Specialty areas of expertise

CBRN, HEAT, Business contingency planning, Project Management, Force Protection, Leadership


Retiring as a Senior Royal Air Force Regiment officer, James, has a strong background in Leadership, Training, Critical and Strategic Asset Protection, Operational Planning, Command and Control, Force Protection, Pre-deployment Training, Risk Analysis and Counter Specialist Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) mitigation and planning.


James’ final appointment, in the Royal Air Force, was as the Chief of Staff of the Defence CBRN Wing and Deputy Component Commander of the Combined Joint Multi National CBRN Task Force (CJ-MN-CBRN-TF) for NATO Reaction Force 13. Throughout his career, James, has served in many locations across the globe supporting and defending strategic air and ground assets mitigating against tactical incursions that could have far reaching strategic and political impact. He has also supported the UK Government’s initiatives support to partner nations delivering operational planning, counter-terror, counter MANPAD advice, command and control procedures advice and training to numerous civilian airports, ports and other critical assets.


James is a Principal Consultant coordinating a multi-disciplinary Land, Aviation, CBRN and High Risk consultancy.  He maintains his operational military knowledge and experience serving as a Lieutenant Colonel within the UK’s Army Reserve with 6 Regiment Army Air Corps.


"Our CBRN Specialists have combined the experience, capabilities and skills of the former Commander and Deputy Commander of the Combined Joint Multi National CBRN Task Force (CJ-MN-CBRN-TF) for NATO Reaction Force 13 and the UK's Defense CBRN Wing. In addition to consolidating the expertise of key operational and training staffs from UK and NATO Tier 1 CBRN Communities. Their combined experience, capabilities and skills provide an agile and highly capable consultancy base delivering strategic advice, planning, leadership and capability development alongside tactical and specialist training, courses and mentoring throughout the CBRN spectrum”.


James is also responsible for leading the H.E.A.T programmes prior to operational deployment to hostile locations, Leadership courses, Anti-Drone capability and Corporate Business contingency planning.


Contact Number:

+44(0)7852 922214




Andre Fouche

Associate Director - South Africa


Specialty areas of expertise

Ships Captain, Ship Security Officer, Conflict Management Instructor, Master Mariner, Close Protection Officer, HND Maritime Studies, ND Marine Surveying, Underwater Mine Warfare, Anti-poaching


Andre originates from a Naval background serving for 6 years in the South African Navy as a Combat Officer and Diver. His extensive experience witin both the South African armed forces and Government services have placed Andre in an excellent position with a well deserved reputation as a leading security professional in his field. As well as being an established Close Protection Operative, Andre will be heading up Maritime operations including anti-piracy and Ships Security in the Southern Hemisphere.


Contact Number:

+27 84927 2244 (mobile)

+27 63114 2586 (office)




Solise Pratt

Associate Director - West Africa, Guinea


Specialty areas of expertise

Executive Close Protection, Maritime Security Officer, First Aid Instruction, Tactical Firearms Trained, Security Management, Conflict Resolution, Business Adminstration Degree


Solise is the founder and MD of Black Knight Security based in West Africa. He possess a vast maount of Global operational security experience. As a hands on Senior Manager Solise enjoys leading from the front.

Solise brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the SPI Group and Associated companies and is a truely first rate addition to the team.


Contact Number:

+27(0)6298 47790 (mobile)

+224(0)622 105077 (office)





Danie Wiese

Associate Director - Namibia


Specialty areas of expertise

Close Protection Operations, Location and event Guarding, Conflict Resolution, Private Investigation & Surveillance, Event Security Management, Anti-poaching, PSD operations & Firearms Instructor


Danie is an exceptional Close Protection Operator with an extremly diverse range of expereince working with clients from wide and varied backgrounds.

Danie is CEO and owner of Delta One Protection and Co Owner of ISTQ Africa Services cc training and operating in Namibia and around the World.

He is a valued member of the SPI Group and Associated companies and brings an added strength and consistency to Global operations and training ensuring Scorpion clientelle recieve seemless and consistent professional coverage where ever they may be.




Contact Number:

+264 812 700429 (Mobile)

+264 812 341802 (Office)




Philip Haase

Head of Business Development 


Specialty areas of expertise

Close Protection Operations, Surveillance, Maritime Security, Security Consultant


Phil is a highly specialised security professional having completed his career within the Royal Marines and having worked in Senior Management positions within hostile envisornment contracts. Phil is well versed in both Close Protection and Maritime operations.


Phil is an exceptional client liaison Manager who is committed to pomoting and providing the Scorpion ethos of quality and integrity.


His high skill set and diverse experiences make him a valued asset to the Scorpion team.





Richard Mills

Team Leader


Specialty areas of expertise

Close Protection Operations, Surveillance, Investigation - evidence gathering


Richard (Rick) Mills has been working with our CEO for the past four and half years.


Over this time he has gained valuable operational experience in frontline operations, evidence gathering, surveillance and etiquette when working with HNW families.

Rick leads a team in one of our ongoing contracts in the UK as a trusted member of the SPI team.


Rick is an example of how you can earn respect from those around you and further develop yourself, moving up the ladder within the SPI organization.





Contact Us

UK Head Office

Europa Business Park



Tel: +44(0)7572 466938 24hr

Tel: +44(0)7572 924446 24hr

Tel  +44(0)1603 927050 (office hrs)

E-mail: Info@spigrp.uk


South Africa Office

48 Paarden Eiland Road

Paarden Eiland

Cape Town

South Africa 7420

Tel: +27 84927 2244 24hr

Tel: +27 63114 2586 (office hrs)


Guinea Office

Dixinn Liberty

Guinea Conakry

West Africa

Tel: +27(0)6298 47790 24hrs

Tel: +224(0)622 105077 (office hrs)


Namibia Office

PO Box 2092


Sam Nujoma Avenue 24

Tel +264 812 700429 24hr

Tel +264 812 341802 (office hrs)

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