UK Security Expo 2017, The Global Security Showcase, 29 - 30 Nov 2017, Olympia London





NaCTSO Briefing

NaCTSO Briefing 


30th November: 1000-1200

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) is a police unit that supports the 'protect and prepare' strands of the government’s counter terrorism strategy.

We support a network of about 190 counter terrorism security advisors (CTSAs) who work within local police forces as officers and staff. Their primary role is to provide help, advice and guidance on all aspects of counter terrorism protective security to specified industry sectors.

We provide the help, advice and guidance to government and industry to protect from terrorist threat.

Please join us for a closed door briefing on the 30th November at 100-1200 to discuss:

  • 1000-1100 Document awareness: Gavin McPherson, NaCTSO
  • 1100-1130 HGV threat mitigation: Chris Dew, London Fire Brigade 
  • 1130-1200 P&P in emergency services: Scott Gibbons, NCPP


Document awareness

1000 - 1100

Hear what measures organisations can take to prevent potential employees using fake or fraudulent documentation to secure employment and to prevent those using such documents from gaining access to premises.

P&P in emergency services

1100 - 1130

The role of fire and rescue and ambulance services in protect & prepare, including work in a firearms and marauding terrorist context as well as outlining how such organisations can secure their own staff safety.

HGV threat mitigation

1130 - 1200

Covering what measures exist and are being developed to secure the UK against a Nice style attack using a vehicle as a weapon.



Gavin McPherson, NaCTSO

Gavin McPherson, NaCTSO

  • Advanced ID Document Examiner (National Counter Terrorism Security Office - NaCTSO)

Gavin joined counter terrorism policing in 2008 and after two years he joined Operation Fairway, a unit specialising in ID document abuse by those seeking to commit acts of terror. He was pivotal in expanding the reach of the Document Awareness Workshop from its original core team of three, to its current contingent of 48 accredited national training providers; a feat achieved in less than four years. Gavin has provided training to industry leaders, Border Force agents, military personnel and specialist stakeholders within the intelligence services.


Chris Dew, London Fire Brigade

Chris Dew, London Fire Brigade

  • Graduate of the Institution of Fire Engineers (GIFireE)
  • UK Fire and Rescue Embedded officer National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ, Protect & Prepare.

Chris is a senior fire brigade officer with 27 years service where he has served in a variety of posts both operational and managerial. Chris managed the London Fire Brigade’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear team’s response and planning for the London 2012 Olympic Games. He has an extensive knowledge of emergency service interoperability and he holds an operational role as a National Inter-Agency Liaison Officer (NILO) while on secondment to National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ, advising on interoperability.

Chris was awarded the Fire Service Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 2011.

Scott Gibbons, NCPP

Scott Gibbons, NCPP

Scott Gibbons is an Police Officer with over 22yrs operational experience. He spent 10 years in Uniformed Response Policing and a total of 15 years as a Firearms Officer, predominantly in the Metropolitan Police, Specialist Operations - Aviation Policing. He is now based in the Readiness and Response Team at the National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters on behalf of the National Coordinator, Protect and Prepare.