The Team

The management team here at Protegimus Protection, have a combined security experience of over 60 years, each bringing to the table a plethora of knowledge and unique skillset. Protegimus Protection has a substantial body of experience in threat and risk assessment, security management, and the design, development and implementation of security policies, plans, procedures and systems for corporate clients and government agencies.

Protegimus Protection has built up a solid network of security professionals, all with either a military background, hostile experience and/or specialist government backgrounds.

Steve O’Callaghan
Founder & CEO

Steve O’Callaghan

Steve is a former British Army soldier and has a combined overseas security experience spanning two decades; ranging from low profile security consultancy to high profile, hostile environment protection.

Steve served within the British Army, most notably with the world-renowned Royal Military Police Close Protection Unit.

There he was a senior close protection instructor and operational Close Protection Officer. Steve has been responsible for a number of high-level operations, both overseas and in the UK. It has provided a perfect platform to gain vital experience and knowledge surrounding the security industry. It has enabled Steve to work alongside high-level government officials on numerous projects worldwide for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), NATO and high-profile military dignitaries alike, as well as both High Net Worth/Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI/UHNWI).

Steve also has relevant Corporate security experience, having been involved in the setup of a large scale security function for one of the worlds’ leading online retailer, The Hut Group (THG). It allowed Steve to take on many security projects. Ranging from managing the security function across numerous sites for THG, Physical/Technical security fit-outs for high-end brand sites. Steve has also been the lead in establishing and setting up various Residential Security Teams for a range of clientele.

As a result of his commitment, dedication and drive throughout his career Steve is the proud recipient of several awards and military medals. Steve has also received numerous Commendations from various clients for his outstanding provision of Close Protection services; including HMA’s and high profile dignitaries who also contribute to his honours list.

Steve is certified through the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and has a wealth of experience and qualifications that highlight his skill set within the industry.

Steve is also studying towards his Certified Security Management Professional qualification to further build his knowledge base. In his spare time, Steve is an avid gym-goer, rugby player, enjoys trekking and is also a keen fundraiser for various charities.

Marcus Gregson
Maritime Security Director

Marcus Gregson Protegimus Protection

Marcus has been part of the Protegimus Protection team since its inception and is a company Non-Executive Director and also our Maritime Security (MARSEC) Director.

Marcus coordinates all maritime operations, including in-transit security, offshore and onshore security operations and security system installations for new yacht builds. Marcus has extensive knowledge of both physical and technical security infrastructures.

Marcus is also a qualified close protection officer having completed his Close Protection Course with Ronin, South Africa. Marcus served in the British Army as part of the elite Royal Marine Commandos, as a Scout Sniper. Marcus achieved numerous commendations and awards among other distinctions in the field. Marcus is also a training instructor in a number of roles, including, weapons, tactics and navigation.

Later, he went on to provide security to High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI’s) and private yachts around the world. This experience has enabled Marcus to work in many different environments and thrive on adapting to and overcoming any challenges faced and helped him to build his extensive network within the industry.

David Pendlebury
Managing Director

David Pendlebury Protegimus Protection

Dave has been a member of the Protegimus Protection team since its creation and is the company Non-Executive Director as well as being our Aviation Security (AVSEC) Director.

Dave brings with him over 20 years’ experience in Aviation, both in the Military, where he has served in 3 operational tours as a Military Police Officer, as well as in the Civilian sector where he has been Head of Security for 5 International Airports both in the UK and overseas. Dave has also worked in a number of strategic roles for major Airport and Technology companies, including being Security Strategy Director for the largest UK owed Airport Group.

Dave is also trained and experienced in Operational Efficiency and has reduced operating costs for multiple security companies through process improvement initiatives as well as Technology enhancements.

Charity work takes up Dave’s free time though his committee membership of his local Royal British Legion. Dave also works with Ex-forces personnel to assist in finding employment for people who are struggling.