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Instructors

Bob Betts

Bob is a respected member of the security industry and qualified teacher, Bob was part of the original focus team for the SIA qualification’s framework in 2004 having been active in the industry since the mid 1990’s. With an exemplary military and home office career as a senior officer this provided an excellent background to undertake both a BA (hons) and Certificate in Education, which earned him a place as one of the original training providers for LOCOG at the 2012 games and thereafter a operational managers role for the Olympic Delivery Authority.  

Deb Smyth


Debbie joined us in 2018 from the Health and Social care sector, where she has gained over 15 years experience in the learning disabilities, mental health, dementia and health and social care arena.  With an NQV Level 3 in Health and Social Care, Teaching Qualifications and numerous diploma's ranging from Diabetes Awareness and Management through to End of Life care, she is our dedicated Health and Social Care Tutor.  She also holds qualifications in Door Supervisor, PMVA, & Physical Intervention.  Her aim by the end of this year is to also be CSAS accredited.  Debbie is currently working towards gaining the IQA Level 4 Award.

Emma Goldsmith

Emma is an ex British forces soldier who saw operational service with the REME across the world.  Upon leaving she joined the ambulance service and is currently in the fulltime role of pre-hospital care paramedic.   Emma is our dedicated First Person on Scene trainer, and brings a wealth of knowledge and hands on experience from her full time job.

Kyle Thorburn

Since leaving  the military Kyle has gained over a decade's experience in international business, security operations, training, recruitment and management in Central and Eastern Europe, China, Africa and the Middle East.   Kyle possesses extensive experience in both executive and hostile environments all over the world with a vast understanding of foreign cultures and politics.  He has taught Close Protection, FPOS and Weapons Competency in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Mike Keenan

Mike joined Elite in 2019 after completing the Elite Security Instructors package, and is our full time trainer.  He brings vast knowledge to all of his classes, and in particular his Door Supervisor, CCTV & Conflict Management/Physical Intervention courses.  Mike is also one of our PMVA & Physical Intervention Instructors, and is CSAS accredited.  

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