Consilium’s Leadership Team

Consilium has an internationally renowned leadership team

Simon Fordham OBE


Simon is an internationally recognised commercial risk and security corporate professional working out of the City of London. He has extensive EMEA and Far East operational experience against organised crime, terrorists and single issue activists.

Simon is a leading crisis negotiator with a tested doctrine supporting Lloyds of London Insurance Syndicates, and retained corporate/individual clients countering kidnap for ransom, maritime piracy, and criminal extortion.

He holds non executive appointments including Chairman of the ICSPA (International Cyber Security and Protection Alliance).

Formerly a senior UK military officer with a career that spanned the spectrum of UK operations as a combat commander, intelligence officer, and UK Special Forces officer – as well as service within NATO, UN, US and African Forces.

Howard Leedham MBE


Howard has lived and worked in Asia and the Middle East for the majority of the past 12 years. He has a business background within the regulated financial, aviation and security sectors; he has worked most recently at CEO level in the Dubai International Financial Centre.

He financed a maritime commercial security provider operation and, as Senior Managing Director for the Argent Group, drove its global expansion in UK, India and the Middle East.

Formerly a UK Navy commando pilot, clearance diver and Special Forces officer, he also served with the Unites States Marine Corps in the Gulf War. Significantly, post military service he was sought out by the US State Department to construct and lead a heli-borne assault force with Pathan militia on the Pakistan/Afghan border which was credited with making the most important single contribution to border security in that region.


Ben Swindlehurst


Prior to joining the team Ben was part of a leading cyber security business, as the Commercial Development Director, primarily charged with developing the SME Strategy and Cyber Academy for the business.

Ben has also been instrumental in the inception and development of a now well-established and high quality, as well as profitable, Maritime Security Provider. He has also gained extensive international business and managerial experience within the super yacht construction and Oil and Gas Industries.

Ben’s balance of military and specialist commercial experience proves invaluable in developing and managing a rapid but careful strategic vision for future growth. During an accomplished career within the Military Ben specialised in Joint Service Co-ordination and Dynamic Targeting.

Michael J. Stannard


Michael is an internationally acknowledged director in the leadership and delivery of matters relating to business intelligence, due diligence, fraud investigation and asset recovery. He is an acknowledged expert in Deep Web Mining and Social Media monitoring and a trusted advisor and consultant to worldwide government agencies, international law firms, corporations and financial institutions.

He has lead business and Internet intelligence teams in some of the leading financial consultancies including the “Big 4”. He has been a Director of Operations in two of the world’s leading risk management companies and has served on public and private sector advisory committees in the U.K. and the U.S.A.

In his earlier career he commanded intelligence and operational teams within U.K. Customs Investigation Service and was the department’s first graduate of the FBI National Academy.


Major General (RTD) John Holmes DSO OBE MC

Senior Advisor (UK)

John Holmes spent 34 years in the British Army, principally with the SAS. He commanded 22 SAS during Gulf War One and was Director Special Forces 1999 to 2002. On leaving the Army he ran Project Unicorn, which was a study for the Metropolitan Police into what the UK commercial sector might offer the Police Service in support to counter terrorism measures.

In 2003/4 he worked closely with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq to raise, train and equip an Oil Protection Force. He has subsequently consulted in risk management across a wide range of sectors including mining, oil/ gas and defence, where he specialises in intelligence acquisition and targeting.

Ed Holland

Operations Manager (UAE)

Ed Holland is Operations Manager (UAE) for Consilium. Based in Consilium’s Abu Dhabi Global Market office, he heads up the company’s Middle East and North Africa operations. A former member of Ireland’s Special Forces, Ed is expert in leading international complex, multi-stakeholder projects in challenging and high-risk environments. He brings to Consilium extensive specialist military and international consultancy experience in leadership, operations, strategic planning, risk and security management. Ed Holland has previously worked in security environments with multinational corporate organisations, professional athletes, coaches and elite military personnel. A proven and decorated leader who relishes pressurised environments and takes a structured approach to problem solving, he appreciates, understands and is committed to ensuring businesses and people perform to the highest levels of productivity and operational capability. He has a Masters of Science in Management from Michael Smurfit Business School, a BA in Strategic Leadership and Military Studies and a BA in Physical Education.

Anthony Harris CMG LVO

Senior Advisor

Anthony served 34 years in the British Diplomatic Service focussed mainly on the Arab World. His last appointment was as HM Ambassador in Abu Dhabi. His previous overseas appointments include Charge D’Affaires at the British Embassy in Cairo during the first Gulf War, he also served in Jedda, Khartoum, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Geneva.

During his career Anthony was seconded to the Defence Export Services Organisation in the Ministry of Defence, where he was responsible for bilateral defence relations with the GCC States. He helped to negotiate the Al-Yamamah Air Defence deal with the Saudi Government. He subsequently held responsibility for the British Government’s relations with the foreign press worldwide, and the management of the BBC Overseas Service. He also served in the Cabinet Office where, in close collaboration with the Intelligence Services, he conducted a survey of the FCO’s technical security arrangements worldwide. Before moving to Dubai in 2000, Anthony a Director of Corporate Finance with Robert Fleming in the City of London he subsequently opened offices for them in Dubai, he remains in charge of Middle East operations, which includes work in Riyadh, Baghdad and Tehran.


Stephen Francis Cutts FCCA CTA TEP

Account Specialist

Stephen Cutts is the personal adviser to high net worth individuals and families acting as CEO and CFO for their international business and personal affairs.

Trained in the UK as a Chartered Certified Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser, Stephen is also a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) and been based in London and UAE for over 20 years. Initially trained as an auditor and forensic investigator, Stephen then gained experience with a Monaco based international accounting and trust company acting for high profile and wealthy clients.

His experience of 20 years as a private client practitioner includes the set up and management of international asset holding and succession structures, charitable family foundations, international tax and the purchase, management and sale of significant physical and investment assets. Stephen has written a number of articles on Private Family Offices, presented at conferences and is a Member of STEP’s Business Families Committee.

Stephen was integral in enacting legislation for single family offices in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in 2008, a global first. He is also founder Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Tax (MENA) Committee and founder Chairman of STEP Arabia’s Islamic Structures Committee.

Based in Monaco he serves on Consilum’s Advisory Board as its Account Specialist for internal and external services.

Julie Anne Flores

Regional Manager (Far East)

Based in Manila, Julie Anne Flores holds responsibility for business development management, implementation and coordination for Consilium’s service lines in the Philippines and Far East. Julie Anne epitomizes the operational entrepreneurism and energy upon which Consilium thrives and brings an extensive regional and business network to the Consilium team.

Prior to joining Consilium, Julie Anne spent ten years in the private banking and oil and gas sectors before moving into niche business development in the renewable energy sector, where she remains a major shareholder. Her other, previous skills, include human resource coordination and management both in the Middle and Far East.