The Online Bodyguard®

Philip Grindell MSc CSyP - The Online Bodyguard®

Defuse® works with prominent, powerful and wealthy people, helping them to feel safer in public life. Defuse® specialises in tackling threatening & worrying communications & behaviour. Defuse® brings together psychology and intelligence to mitigate threats and risks to prominent people and brands. This podcast discusses the issues facing prominent people and brands with globally recognised experts.It discusses stalking, protective security, intelligence, psychological profiling, crisis management, reputational management, cyber bullying and other key subjects. read less

High Profile Communication
10-01-2023
High Profile Communication
Ailsa Anderson is the person the most high profile in the world go to when they require the composite professional manage their communications.In this podcast Ailsa shared anecdotes from her time working the UK Government and Alistair Campbell, the Late Her Majesty the Queen and more recently the Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Anglican Church.Ailsa talks about how decisions about when to respond or not were made and why, the changing landscape of communications and the importance of it being a team event involving security professionals, event hosts and others.Whilst Ailsa is far to diplomatic and discrete to discuss the current saga involving the current Duke and Duchess of Sussex, she does touch on issues such as briefing against members of The Royal family and gives a moving tribute to the late Her Majesty the Queen.Ailsa Anderson was Communications and Press Secretary to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from 2001 to 2013.A former newspaper Journalist, Ailsa moved into public relations and worked as a press officer for the British Government.During her time in the Royal Household she worked on two Jubilees, the wedding of the current Prince and Princess of Wales, and the birth of Prince George.She was awarded the Royal Victorian Order in 2011 for her services to the Royal Household.She now is a Royal commentator for the US broadcaster ABC News and reported extensively during the death and funeral of The Queen.https://www.linkedin.com/in/ailsa-anderson-cole-8ab6a48/
The Online Bodyguard – Protective Intelligence and Security with Fred Burton
12-12-2022
The Online Bodyguard – Protective Intelligence and Security with Fred Burton
In this podcast we discuss how to keep high profile, corporate and UHNW individuals safe in the 21st century using protective intelligence, countersurveillance and protective security. We discuss everything from safe rooms, to deep fakes, state sponsored and corporate espionage and the threat to commercial IP.Fred Burton is a former police officer, special agent and New York Times best-selling author. Fred Burton is a pioneer and one of the original members of the State Department's Protective Intelligence Division.He's served on the front lines of high-profile investigations like the hunt for and arrest of Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind behind the first World Trade Center bombing; the 1988 plane crash of PAK-1 that killed U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel and Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq; and the search for Americans kidnapped by Hezbollah in Beirut, Lebanon.His best-selling books include his personal memoir GHOST: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent,  Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice, Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi and his fourth book, Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah’s War Against America.Burton also consults with Fortune 500 companies on security developments and how to keep their personnel and business safe as the Executive Director of the Ontic Center for Protective Intelligence. Fred Burton was selected by Security Magazine as one of the Most Influential People in Security in 2021.
The Online Bodyguard - The Strategy of Protective Intelligence with James Hamilton, Gavin de Becker’s Senior Vice President Quality in Protection and Training.
08-11-2022
The Online Bodyguard - The Strategy of Protective Intelligence with James Hamilton, Gavin de Becker’s Senior Vice President Quality in Protection and Training.
In this podcast, James will share his thoughts on how to onboard a client who requires protection or residential security together with the value for the protective intelligence requires to support those tasked with protecting others. He discusses the skills required and training needed, the Theory of Controlled Spaces and the key aspects of the arrivals and departure zones, white space and some of the research from Gavin de Becker’s ‘Just 2 Seconds’ book. This podcast is a must for anyone involved in the close or residential protection industry as well as those involved in delivering protective intelligence.  BioJames leads Gavin de Becker’s Protection Quality team which conducts audits of GDBA’s protective programs to ensure their strategies align with their clients’ unique needs and to ensure their protectors meet their training and fitness standards and their certification requirements.  He also manages the review of emergency incidents at their clients’ properties with the goal of enhancing their service to their clients.James co-created GDBA’s Active Shooter Prevention and Response methodology.  He has trained thousands of employees at Fortune-500 companies, schools, universities, police departments, and government agencies in the U.S. and internationally on advanced concepts related to protection, including Active Shooter, Surveillance Detection, Attack Recognition, Foreign Weapons, Executive Protection, and Travel Safety.  He is also an Instructor at the GDBA Essential Protection Skills Academy and their Advanced Threat Assessment Academy.One of the world’s true experts on protection, James was recruited from the FBI, where he created and developed the Academy’s Close Protection Course, currently taught to protectors of the U.S. Attorney General, the Director of the FBI, the NSA, and the NYPD, among other agencies.A few other highlights from his career:·         Hand-selected for the FBI Tactical Training Unit, responsible for creating and developing the FBI Active Shooter training and guidance program.·         Certified FBI Instructor in Firearms, Active Shooter, Tactical Skills, Emergency Driving, and SWAT Operations.·         Four years on the Protection Team for the FBI Director, and three years on the Joint Terrorism Task Force that he was selected to create after 9/11.     James holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He is a member of the ASIS Executive Protection Council, and he is certified as an instructor in Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT).
The Online Bodyguard - VAWG, Stalking, Harassment and Personal Safety featuring Suky Bhaker
13-09-2022
The Online Bodyguard - VAWG, Stalking, Harassment and Personal Safety featuring Suky Bhaker
This hugely important podcast with Suky Bhaker, the CEO of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust (https://www.suzylamplugh.org/) discusses the real issues about violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the 21st century. We discuss harassment, street harassment and stalking and follow the evidence of how this impacts all females, and some men. We discuss the shocking evidence of hugely improved successful prosecutions for stalking when supported by an advocate and look at the new bystander training that the SLT are now delivering and why all men are part of the solution. (https://www.suzylamplugh.org/News/loreal-paris-and-the-suzy-lamplugh-trust-partner-to-educate-the-uk-on-street-harassment-through-bystander-intervention-training) Suky Bhaker – CEO Suzy Lamplugh Trusthttps://www.suzylamplugh.org/chief-executive-officerSuky has been with the Trust for over seven years, holding the positions of Head of Policy and Development, and more recently CEO. During her time with the Trust, Suky has overseen the growth and development of its helpline and advocacy services, led its policy and campaigns team, and designed and delivered a number of complex national projects. Notably she has been the Programme Director for the world’s first multi-agency stalking intervention programme (MASIP) and overseen the ongoing campaign for national minimum standards for taxis and private hire vehicles.Suky was also seconded for over 12 months from Suzy Lamplugh Trust as an adviser to the Parliamentary Security Department following the tragic death of Jo Cox MP, supporting and advising MPs and their staff in issues relating to personal safety.Alongside her experience in frontline services, Suky has worked in policy, research and development capacities, with areas of speciality in the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) sector including trafficking, honour-based violence, domestic and sexual violence, in addition to stalking. Suky was heavily involved in the successful coercive control campaign, which brought law change to domestic violence in the UK.
The Online Bodyguard  - PR, Crisis Communications and Strategic Advisory to the World's Elite with Paul Blanchard
09-08-2022
The Online Bodyguard - PR, Crisis Communications and Strategic Advisory to the World's Elite with Paul Blanchard
The Online Bodyguard Podcast - PR, Crisis Communications and Strategic Advisory to the World's EliteIn this podcast we talk with Paul Blanchard, Media consigliere for global CEOs, entrepreneur, broadcaster and author.This is a genuine masterclass on PR, crisis communications, and advising the global elite Paul gives his views on why sharing a bit about yourself is good for business, what Personal PR is and the objectives of many of the world’s elite in hiring him.  He explains why press releases often fail and how to maximise our PR opportunities.  Paul shares the difference between PR and Marketing, and how to respond in a crisis and why many get that wrong. He talks about the challenges of crisis communications in the internet age and how he manages those cases for his global clients. Paul is a hugely successful Media consigliere, and he shares some of the secrets behind that success including why he never tenders or prepares proposals. Paul Blanchard is one of the founders of the personal PR industry having been in the reputation game for nearly twenty years.  Based in the UK, he is a serial entrepreneur and investor, he started his first business aged 17 and has never looked back. With his award-winning media and reputation consigliere Right Angles, he works exclusively with global CEOs, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, and global investors delivering discreet, high-intensity strategic support. With a full-time team of over a dozen experts on his team… Paul has offices in London, New York and Los AngelesHis podcast agency operates on a first-to-market Joint Venture model, unique in the industry, and has many big-name clients with whom we create premium, impactful content.  A podcaster himself, he’s also a best-selling author, media commentator and speaker.  https://www.right-angles.global/https://paul.blanchard.co/ https://twitter.com/paulwrblanchard?s=20&t=HhMXHT6cg2OaWxRD3uEx5w
The Online Bodyguard - The Science behind Interviewing with  Bram B. van der Meer
12-07-2022
The Online Bodyguard - The Science behind Interviewing with Bram B. van der Meer
In this podcast we discuss the subject of interviewing with Bram B. van der Meer from Dante Psychology. This podcast discusses whether building rapport works and how to do it, whether police officers and other professional interviewers are better at it that the general population. We discuss memory and ask how effective is it? What helps us to recall in an interview and why memory can be tainted. We further discuss the various interview methods, such as the PACE model and what their strengths are as well as their limitations.Bram B. van der Meer holds academic degrees in Criminology from the University of Pretoria, South-Africa and received a MSc. in Clinical-Forensic Psychology from Leiden University, the Netherlands. He received additional specialised education in offender profiling, threat assessment and forensic linguistics from law enforcement agencies around the world. He completed a post-doctoral education program in investigative psychology.He is a guest lecturer at the Netherlands Police Academy and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. He serves on the editorial board of the American Psychological Association Accredited Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. He is the former president and currently board member of the Swiss based Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals. He is an internationally recognised threat assessment professional and is registered as such with the Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals. https://www.dantespsychology.com/en/
The Online Bodyguard  - Conflict Resolution, Cultural challenges and Vexatious Complainants featuring Mr. Tottie Karpela CTM
16-05-2022
The Online Bodyguard - Conflict Resolution, Cultural challenges and Vexatious Complainants featuring Mr. Tottie Karpela CTM
In this episode of The Online Bodyguard Podcast, Totti Karpela, Executive board member for the Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals (AETAP) shares his expertise on how to assess persons of concern who may pose a threat to public and prominent figures. He discusses his expertise around conflict management, vexatious complainant, the cultural challenges a threat management professional must be aware of, and the impact on workplace conflicts from the Covid pandemic. Mr Karpela, a graduate of the Finland’s Police University College, has a 20-year career in the National Police of Finland where he worked as a unit supervisor and subject matter expert. During his career, Inspector Karpela was part of a team that specialized in managing threats that were directed towards law enforcement and judicial officials. Mr. Karpela has undergone specialised training pertaining to the psychological assessment of offending behaviour and has experience in both the private and public sectors, particularly working with high-risk and high-harm offenders. He also spent nine years as a member of the hostage negotiator team in the National SWAT team. For the majority of his career Mr. Karpela also worked at the National Police University, teaching management of aggressive behaviour and conflict resolution skills. In his current role in the private sector Mr. Karpela has worked with presidential candidates, celebrities, media companies, banks and insurance companies, aviation industry, educational facilities as well as multinational corporations specializing in threat assessment and case management. He frequently provides behavioural and security consultation to multinational organizations. Mr. Karpela has worked as a subject matter expert since 1986, consulting and coaching government organizations and corporations on five continents in the prevention of violent crime, security issues, conflict resolution and risk mitigation. Mr. Karpela is the only person outside of the United States to hold a CTM-accreditation, a professional accreditation for security professionals related to the assessment and management of violent behaviour. Mr. Karpela is also accredited to provide consultation and training related to the European equivalent, CETAP. He holds numerous professional certifications related to violence risk assessment.Mr. Karpela is a graduate of U.S. Secret Service Threat Management Program, Gavin De Becker threat management academy and he has done numerous other professional training programs with the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit. Before joining the National police of Finland, Mr. Karpela served in the Military Police SRT-team. He is still in the Finnish reserve corps with the rank of Warrant officer. Other relevant NGO responsibilities: Subject matter expert for European Council and O.S.C.E. in crime prevention projects. Totti is also a member of the Merrick & Company’s Global Biosafety & Biosecurity Consulting Advisory Board since 2017. Executive board member for the Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals (AETAP). He also spent nine years as a senior research fellow at the Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals - Centre for Security Studies and a committee member for the Nordic Counter Terrorism Network. He is an internationally recognised threat assessment professional and is registered as such with the Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals. Mr. Karpela has also authored three books on police operations with organized crime (1995), personal security (1998) and case management guide for stalking cases (2001). He has also authored a chapter on the use of social psychology in counter terrorism operations (2017). In 2022 his book a management of vexatious complainants comes out.
The Online Bodyguard - Trauma & Crisis Liaison featuring Miles Manning
12-04-2022
The Online Bodyguard - Trauma & Crisis Liaison featuring Miles Manning
In an increasingly global market in which employees travel the world and holidaymakers explore ever increasing boundaries accidents and tragedies happen, whether by acts of terrorism, crime, negligence, or accidents.When those tragedies occur, the reputations of the organisations involved can be instantly and permanently damaged, with litigation and blame following close behind.This podcast discusses the impact of a traumatic event, the issues involved, and the expertise required to defuse the emotional, reputational and financial costs.Miles Manning worked closely with The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In 2011 Miles became one of a small number of Family Liaison Coordinators on the Counter Terrorism Command. Dealing with atrocities in Algeria and Kenya, Miles pushed for more FLO involvement on scene and in 2015 following the attack in Sousse, Tunisia, Miles led a team of FLO's deployed in country within hours of the first reports. Working with multiple agencies, local government and crisis response companies, his team assisted several families with identification and repatriation of loved ones. Miles also led the team that deployed to Brussels and Marseille, again as part of The FCO Rapid Deployment Team.Miles is a director of FLS Global, who in the event of a death or serious injury abroad, support organisations to ensure harm is minimised and trauma is managed. https://www.fls-global.co.uk/Miles is the Family Liaison advisor to The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Deaths Abroad, as well as providing practical support and his extensive experience to advise corporate clients, dealing with families who are affected by the death or serious injury of a loved one abroad.
The Online Bodyguard - Threat Assessment featuring Dr Reid Meloy
08-03-2022
The Online Bodyguard - Threat Assessment featuring Dr Reid Meloy
In this episode of The Online Bodyguard Podcast, he shares his expertise on how to assess persons of concern who may pose a threat to public and prominent figures. He discusses his extensive case history and expertise of proximal warning behaviours, communicated threats, mental illness in attackers, how they plan, escalate and appropriate interventions. Dr Meloy shares his thoughts of the future of the threat assessment industry, how to identify a professional organisation and finally shares some of his top tips for staying safe.Dr. Reid Meloy is widely known as one the preeminent experts in the field of assessing threats of violence. Dr. Reid Meloy is a board-certified forensic psychologist (ABPP) and consults on criminal and civil cases throughout the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Meloy has authored or co-authored over two hundred fifty papers published in peer-reviewed psychiatric and psychological journals, and has authored, co-authored or edited thirteen books. He has been consulting, researching and writing about personality disorder, psychopathy, stalking, narcissism, criminality, mental disorder, and targeted violence for the past thirty years. He was a technical consultant to the television series CSI from its inception in 2000 until its final episode in 2015; and is the technical consultant to “Indivisible: Healing Hate,” a Paramount + television series exploring the historical roots of the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection. https://drreidmeloy.com/
How can Family Businesses Stay Safe in the Digital Age?
09-04-2021
How can Family Businesses Stay Safe in the Digital Age?
On this episode of the Family Business Voice, Philip Grindell, CEO of Defuse Global, and Ramia talk about how family businesses can stay safe in the digital age.Philip Grindell’s background as a Scotland Yard Detective with time spent seconded to British Intelligence gives him an in-depth view on just what can happen in unsafe situations. And now, he’s applying those insights to the world of private security, helping family business members, politicians and other high-profile clients stay safe both online and in-person.Safety starts with people. Regardless of the type of threat a family business has to deal with, that threat originates from a person on the other end, and a person in the business must let that threat in — knowingly or unknowingly. As such, businesses should vet their employees thoroughly and check in with them regularly to make sure they are doing everything they can to keep the organisation safe. Check more than just a possible recruit’s experience or skills; check their associations and their potential to heighten risk. Businesses should consider implementing safety governance. Even a few simple regulations can go a long way. Some examples of good safety governance are: changing passwords regularly and not using third-party hardware with unknown providence (thumb-drives from tradeshows, for instance).Start the conversation around safety before circumstance necessitates it. Only by encouraging a culture that recognises threats, whether physical, reputational or psychological, as real and serious can family businesses mitigate those threats when they arise.https://www.tharawat-magazine.com/podcast/family-business-safety/