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About New Century 2018-07-12T15:21:37+00:00

About New Century

New Century has established a unique position in the market for capacity building and security sector support services since its foundation in 2006. We have various offices, including London and Washington DC, with a deployment footprint worldwide. Our experts are drawn from law enforcement, intelligence, military and policy-making communities. Their common goal is to create a stable and secure environment in which politics, business and people can thrive.

New Century Ethics

New Century’s reputation relies on upholding the highest ethical and professional standards. We work primarily for recognised governments and regional authorities, and also for non-governmental organisations and private companies. We always adhere to human rights and the rule of law and have clear lines of accountability to protect both our clients and our deployed personnel.

Executive Leadership


Colonel Tim Collins

OBE BSc MA PSC, Late R Irish

Colonel Tim Collins is co-founder and Chairman of New Century. A counter-insurgency expert, he served in both Gulf wars and has led Special Forces operations around the world. As Operations Officer of 22 SAS and then Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment, Tim worked closely with the Special Branch of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, honing the skills which he today deploys for New Century. He came to international prominence with an inspirational eve of battle speech in Iraq in 2003, the words of which were hung in the Oval Office of the White House.

Chief Executive Officer

Michael Grunberg


Michael is co-founder and CEO of New Century, with responsibility for the company’s commercial development and oversight of its operations. He has been a key figure in the security arena since the 1990s, providing security programmes to countries recovering from conflict and those with emerging economies. He began his consultancy career working with blue chip companies such as IBM and British Airways and public sector organisations including the UK Cabinet Office and Ministry of Defence.

Management Team

Director of Doctrine, Standards, Audit & Training

Dr Norman Baxter


Norman is a world expert on policing, counterterrorism and counterinsurgency. Today an author, academic and sought-after lecturer, he served three decades with the former Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Police Service for Northern Ireland. He was the strategist behind many high-profile international intelligence-led police operations in Europe and North America. His understanding of the interface between the military and the police and his commitment to human rights make him a recognised expert in the policing of conflict in divided societies.

Doctrine Advisor and Programme Manager

Roger Marshall


Roger retired from the British Army as a Lieutenant Colonel with 30 years’ experience in the Intelligence Corps focussing on covert surveillance, agent handling and counterterrorism operations. His expertise is key to a growing sector of New Century’s work.

Programme Development Director MENA

Derek Warby

OBE MSc BEd (Hons)

Derek joined New Century in 2015 as VP for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) bringing a wealth of contacts and knowledge from a successful military and commercial career spanning sub Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Russia. He is currently based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He served 23 years with the RAF supporting UK Special Forces before moving into a civilian role with companies such as Aon and ArmorGroup, specialising in crisis management.

Programme Manager

Eddie Thorne

MA BSc (Hons)

Eddie has commanded British Army troops in combat from platoon level to battle group. He retired from the military as a Lieutenant Colonel with 24 years’ service during which he worked extensively with foreign military and police forces in the remotest regions of the world. Before joining New Century, Eddie established a broad commercial career ranging from recruitment to logistics.

Operations Support Manager

Elizabeth Phillips

BA (Hons)

Elizabeth takes care of New Century’s people and equipment with responsibility for security vetting, travel logistics, equipment procurement and shipping and statutory authorisations.

Chief of Staff

Greg O'Broin

B Comm MBA FCA FCCA, Diploma in IT

Greg is Director of the London office, leading the team that supports New Century’s people and programmes worldwide. Before joining the company he was Consulting Director with BDO and held senior finance and management positions for multinational business operations. Greg brings management systems expertise to support the deployment and delivery of programmes globally.

Chief Financial Officer

Guy Hendry

BA (Hons) FCCA

Guy heads New Century’s Guernsey office providing overall financial management and leadership to the group. He joined New Century in 2008, and has used his expertise to develop financial systems for the group’s operations. Guy is an expert in financial modelling and the application of management and administration systems to support New Century’s programmes overseas.

Human Resources Manager

Steve Smith


Steve is a former major in the Royal Marines 3 Commando Brigade who switched to the private security industry where he specialises in the sector’s complex human resources needs.

Director, Customer and Business Development

Nigel Howard

Nigel is a former British Army Officer, who specialised in Bomb Disposal and counterterrorism.  He went on to work as a Consultant for the Defence Intelligence Service and as a Contractor on several US and UK conflict prevention programmes and then  worked for more than a decade in the defence sector, where he leading the development and implementation of Special Projects for Government entities in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa region.

Senior Advisors and Experts

Senior Advisor

Mike Repass

Major General Mike Repass is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and has spent more than 30 years as a Special Forces officer. Rising to the rank of Major General, Mike commanded in the US, on the Arabian Peninsula and in Germany where he was head of Special Operations Command Europe. He founded his own company Able Global Solutions in 2013 and brings unparalleled experience to New Century.

Senior Advisor

Richard Thompson

Richard’s knowledge has been earned in law, business and diplomacy. Formerly a Royal Green Jacket serving on counter-terror and counter-smuggling operations, Richard later joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office working in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He was then appointed Chief Constable of the UK’s Civil Nuclear Constabulary. Richard has a special interest in the prevention of computer based crime.