Our People

Our People

The Leadership Team

Todd Zhao

Ed Dickson
Managing Director

Ed leads Torchlight. He is committed to the development of high performance teams, working in partnership with public and private sector clients to understand and address threats to security, performance and reputation.  Prior to assuming the role of Managing Director, Ed was the Torchlight Business Development Director. Here he spearheaded business win activity that successfully led to a diverse array of National Security, Justice and Defence projects for UK Government, EU, Partner Nation and Commercial clients. This growing portfolio provided the platform for Torchlight’s rapid development and international success.

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Sean Lumley
Non-Executive Director

Sean is a Co-Founder and one of the Board's Non-Executive Directors. He is a passionate entrepreneur who has drawn deep satisfaction from having a hand in the establishment, growth and ongoing success of Torchlight. Having observed and been a part of the decisions and challenges that have allowed Torchlight to grow from concept to market leader; Sean's unique perspective and institutional knowledge contributes to Torchlight's strategy, innovation and continued success. Sean is the COO of CybSafe, a cloud-based cyber security awareness platform that helps businesses to improve cyber security behaviour, visualise human factor vulnerability and reduce cyber risk..

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Janet Williams
Non-Executive Director

Janet is the Chairman of the Torchlight Group Board and has been a Non-Executive Director for four years. Janet helps advise, steer and challenge the group to achieve both its short term goals and long term plans, providing quality of service to its customers whilst remaining true to its deeply held values. As a former Senior ACPO officer in the Metropolitan Police, Janet was responsible for the protective security planning for the Olympic Games 2012; previously specialising in counter-terrorism investigations, serious and organised crime and intelligence development, leading large commands in complex circumstances.

Sara Jones

Jim Shaw
Non-Executive Director

Jim is a Non-Executive Director, supporting the Board in its strategic and corporate development. Jim is an experienced corporate financier and strategist. He is active in the defence and security markets having advised many notable businesses in the sector on their corporate strategies. He is also an entrepreneur in his own right, founding and running his own advisory business. Amongst other things, Jim has extensive experience in establishing, maintaining and financing complex business arrangements between multiple entities and in multiple jurisdictions whilst ensuring such structures do not hinder commercial objectives.

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Andrew McInerney
Director - Defence and Special Programmes

Mac is the Director responsible for Torchlight’s Defence and Special Programmes Practice. Inherently intellectually curious, highly motivated and results driven, he leads our work to deliver solutions to those most sensitive and complex challenges that our clients, (and their partners) face. A distinguished 24-year career in the Royal Marines spanned a wide array of roles, including the development and operational command of a unique specialist intelligence unit, and direct involvement in the highest levels of national and international governmental policy and politics.

Jean Simmons

Douglas McKenna
Director - Security and Justice 

Doug leads Torchlight’s Security and Justice Practice. He blends his experience of designing, directing and delivering Security and Justice programmes in fragile and conflict affected countries with a long career working within law enforcement, the private, commercial and public sectors. Doug has a unique understanding, coupled with a difficult- to-rival depth and breadth of experience of operational policing, serious and organised crime and counter terrorism. He possesses extensive knowledge and experience at both operational and strategic management levels in these challenging environments. 

Janet Peterson

Oz Alashe MBE
Non-Executive Director

Oz is a Non-Executive Director. Formerly part of the executive leadership team he has a deep understanding of Torchlight’s counter-threat services, particularly regarding the application of specialist cyber and intelligence capabilities. A former Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army and UK Special Forces, he has a successful track record of developing strategy, driving innovation and leading implementation. Oz is the CEO of CybSafe, a cyber security tech company that helps businesses to improve cyber security behaviour, visualise human factor vulnerability and reduce cyber risk.

Arthur Amirpour

Eugene Morgan
Group Commercial Director

Eugene is Torchlight’s Commercial Director and is responsible for ensuring that the company provides our clients with the right level of support for the best price. Eugene is an experienced Director with a proven track record in board-level strategic, business development and operational leadership roles.  He has achieved repeated success in driving sustainable growth and performance – whether with SMEs or international organisations.  He is both a Chartered Director and Chartered Engineer with significant experience across the defence, intelligence and maritime sectors

Janet Nelson

Ian Whillock
Group Finance Director

Ian is Torchlight’s Financial Director, responsible for overseeing the day to day finances of the Company and all aspects of financial strategy. Since leaving PriceWaterhouseCoopers as an audit manager, Ian has specialised in Emerging markets for both listed enterprises and owner managed entities, supporting regional roles to facilitate growth.  He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

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Karen Bush
Human Resources Director

Karen is responsible for all “People” aspects at Torchlight, providing strategic HR direction, coaching and support to the leadership team and beyond.  She focuses on talent acquisition and supporting business development whilst driving the Torchlight values and creating a great place to work through workplace engagement.  Karen brings with her extensive commercial HR experience across a diverse spread of organisations from large blue chip multinationals through to SMEs and start-ups.