Pilgrims Group Ltd (PGL)
PGL provides unlimited support to ESPA at cost. PGL has operated in every conflict, war and natural disaster over the past two decades. The company has developed a reputation of excellence and provision of the highest quality people and services. Its credentials include a 100% safety record over 18 years of operations, 13 years of back to back (26) zero non-compliance ISO9001 audits, 6 years of Security Excellence awards (15 x finalists and 3 x outright winners), Top 25 Star performer and Top 5% Security Industry Association.
PGL has been the company of choice within the Media sector with over 95% of the market due to our ability to operate successfully within difficult and sensitive environments. The company is highly regarded by the UK Government, which uses PGL for a variety of projects. It is the first and only medium size business selected to secure one of its large facilities overseas. Pilgrims has several operations centres across Africa and the Middle East and is currently developing a footprint in Asia.
Team Mission X (MX)
MX provides ESPA with resource support, and training facilities at cost. The MX team comprises high caliber special operations ex-soldiers affiliated with the world’s most recognised Special Forces units including the British Special Air Service, British Special Boat Service, British Parachute Regiment, U.S. Navy SEALs, U.S. Delta Force, U.S. Marines, New Zealand Special Air Service, Denmark Jaegerkorpset and others. Amongst other things, MX specialises in leadership development, film/television consulting and specialist bespoke training.
Leadership: Participants can expect to hone their leadership and communication skills and learn new techniques for running an effective and cohesive team under extreme pressure.
Training: Technical advice / consulting from ex police, SWAT, military and Special Operations forces which can be adapted for Anti-Poaching Units, park/reserve rangers and all other wildlife custodians, from field operatives to senior reserve management.
MX utilizes a vast network of international contacts, and the vastly experienced team draws on previous professional training, hands-on experience, and real-world missions to hone leadership skills and provide technical expertise.
Big Game Parks Swaziland (BGP)
The Kingdom of Swaziland’s Big Game Parks (BGP) manages Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary & Mkhaya Game Reserve. BGP has a national conservation mandate and manages both the Game Act and Swaziland’s stance on CITES.
Formal conservation in Swaziland began on the 12th July 1964, when Ted Reilly founder of Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary opened the former family farm to the public. This caught the attention of the Swazi Monarchy, leading to his appointment as the Royal Adviser on wildlife. Since then Reilly conceived and initiated the Government parks system, pioneered the National Environmental Education Programme, saved the Nguni cattle from extinction, and eventually founded Big Game Parks Trust in the 90’s. Since its conception Big Game Parks can also be credited with re-introducing over 22 species including black and white rhino, which had gone locally extinct, and returning the national cultural symbols (the Lion and Elephant) to The Kingdom of Swaziland.
BGP celebrated 50 years of Imvelo Yakitsi [heritage], in July 2014. Mick Reilly BGP Head of Conservation and Security operates a highly effective anti-poaching unit that has received training and support from ESPA.
Kinetic Six was founded in 2012 and has a vision “to be the market-leading provider of secure communication solutions across all entered sectors, particularly endangered wildlife conservation.” Simply put, Kinetic Six make communications and tracking work in harsh, hostile and undeveloped environments, wherever needed to enable and support a worthwhile cause.
Based in Hereford, UK, Kinetic Six provides robust and innovative secure communications and tracking solutions to the ESPA, UK Government and her Allies, wildlife conservation organisations, also humanitarian and non-governmental organisations. Kinetic Six leadership are personally committed to and involved in wildlife conservation, particularly in Kenya. With current projects delivered or in train across Africa from Mali to Somaliland, Kinetic Six uses its extensive military telecommunications experience to work closely with wildlife protection experts and conservationists. Kinetic Six develops and improves products and systems designed to enable counter-poaching operations. All technical solutions are bespoke, from encrypted radios with long-range capabilities and surveillance solutions to tracking devices supported by a unique web-based satellite and GSM platform. We also specialise in providing reliable power solutions, utilising solar energy and power storage technology. Products are built to be the most advanced, mobile, rugged, reliable and user-friendly units on the market. We innovate and manufacture to meet specialist operational requirements and also partner with some of the world’s leading manufacturers of communications, tracking, power and imaging equipment, such as Motorola, FLIR, Wescam, Smartflower. We run in support of ‘Running for Rangers’ and are founders of ‘Communication for Conservation’. We are delighted to partner ESPA.
Evidence Matters Ltd
Digital Forensics & Cell Site Analysis Expert Witnesses
Evidence Matters Ltd. is an independent company that provides forensic expertise to both prosecution and defence in criminal proceedings in the UK and internationally. In addition it provides expert witnesses in commercial disputes and employment law work. It has examined more than 4,000 computers and mobile phones, provided cell site analysis investigations; both for the prosecution and defence, in a wide variety of criminal cases including fraud, drug trafficking, terrorism, and murder.
The company is supported by a team of experts registered on the UK Register of Expert Witnesses and Sweet and Maxwell’s Directory of Expert Witnesses. These experts cover complex fraud, eDiscovery, Cell Site evidence, and digital forensics including CCTV, Satnav, mobile telephones and social media investigations.
Evidence Matters is well placed to provide support to the Endangered Species Protection Agency (ESPA) in providing expert evidence in commercial wildlife crimes. It has the proven expertise to support international cases; both sensitively advising agencies in their approach to dealing with complex technical evidence, and to provide experts in criminal proceedings at court in whatever jurisdiction they are needed.
Seven Technologies Group
Seven Technologies Group is a specialist engineering company that focuses on producing surveillance platforms for use in inhospitable climates. With over 40 years industry experience and a combined legacy of 180 years of real-world operational experience, 7TG prides itself in offering its customers the right solution for the right environment.
7TG has systems providing a broad array of surveillance applications in regions globally where the natural environment is as testing for the equipment as the role in which it is being employed. 7TG are experts in long-range electro-optics and ground sensor systems that can be used in conjunction with other technologies to detect, identify and track people and vehicles moving over wide areas in the day, night and all weather conditions.
7TG’s expertise is not only in the design and production of the hardware and software platforms but also in the training, deployment and through life support of the systems it provides. Seven Technologies Group has dedicated field support staff who travel globally to ensure that not only is the customer supported but the operation in which the equipment is employed is a success. Our customer’s success is always our top priority.
Utilising 7TG’s capabilities to support ESPA is something we are proud to do as protecting the world’s endangered species is a responsibility with which we are all charged.
Seven Technologies Group – Intelligent Security Solutions
Fieri Leadership & Development
Fieri’s founders cut their teeth in the armed forces, where principles of leadership have been forged and developed over 200 years, and the Fieri team today is made up of top performers from the military, sport and business. These are people who have led on the edge, proving themselves in the most challenging of circumstances.
The team designs bespoke training programmes developed to promote dynamic and responsible leadership, high performance teamwork, effective task management and improved communication. Delivered using experience-based learning – creating environments that will inspire and allow people to analyse their performance, Fieri believes in the functional approach to leadership. Leaders are made, not born – success does not rest with one person but on a set of group behaviours that contribute to getting things done.
Fieri’s approach is rooted in the methods used at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, the oldest and most respected leadership institution in the UK, if not the world. Tried and tested under pressure, it works for all task-orientated organisations that invest in and believe in their people.
Lilongwe Wildlife Trust
Lilongwe Wildlife Trust was established in 2008 when its first project – Lilongwe Wildlife Centre – opened as a wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and education facility supporting the Government’s work fighting wildlife crimes such as the pet and bushmeat trades.
Since then the Trust’s rescue and education programmes have expanded nationally and in 2014 the team started work to combat serious wildlife crime, in particular ivory trafficking, supporting high level wildlife crime investigations, wildlife justice programmes for prosecutors and courts and revisions to wildlife policy and legislation. The Trust’s research arm will be an important area of growth in the coming years as they are a lead partner on Malawi’s new Wildlife Research Institute.
Malawi is known for its friendly people and beautiful places but poverty, deforestation and wildlife crime have put the nation’s wildlife under immense pressure. The ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ is also Southern Africa’s principal transit hub for the trafficking of illicit wildlife products, which threatens some of the region’s most iconic species such as elephants with extinction. Some of the world’s biggest ivory seizures have been linked back to Malawi, which is positioned centrally in a regional poaching hotspot and, up until recently, organised criminal syndicates could operate with relative impunity within the country’s borders. In response, LWT co-authored the country’s Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) Review which outlined the drivers and extent of IWT in Malawi and made a series of recommendations to strengthen the criminal justice system.
LWT’s mission is to work in Malawi with local government and like-minded organisations to deliver collaborative enforcement initiatives that stop the illegal killing and trade of wildlife, focusing on trafficking over poaching.
Conservation South Luangwa
Conservation South Luangwa began when Rachel McRobb began assisting honorary wildlife police officers in support of anti-poaching patrols in the South Luangwa area in Zambia. In 2003, this effort became the South Luangwa Conservation Society, now Conservation South Luangwa (CSL), which provides a multi-faceted approach to the challenges facing the area.
South Luangwa is rich in wildlife, but has not been spared the effects of the recent poaching crisis. In addition, snaring, habitat encroachment and human-wildlife conflict are widespread in Zambia, where 60 per cent of the population lives in rural areas and are reliant on natural resources for their livelihood.
In collaboration with the Department for National Parks and Wildlife, CSL run anti-poaching patrols, de-snaring operations, a detection dog unit, and aerial surveillance, alongside human-wildlife conflict mitigation measures and veterinary services.