About us

Bryan McCord MSyI RISC

Managing Director

Bryan McCord's experience of the security industry started in London's Metropolitan Police Service where he made a career in New Scotland Yard's Special Branch and latterly, the Specialist Operations Protection Directorate. After being a Developed Vetting (Top Secret) detective for twenty years he left the service in 2008 to be appointed as the private UK Head of Security to an influential overseas royal Head of State before conducting the same role for an ultra high net worth international businessman, and their respective families.

Providing specialised national security services to the highest professional standards in the Special Branch included work as an intelligence officer, an operational manager for a large anti-terrorist surveillance team and, for many years, specialising in Close Protection. This latter role entailed working at the very pinnacle of power with appointments as the Personal Protection Officer (PPO) to four serving and past British prime ministers (two whilst in office), senior Cabinet ministers, overseas heads of state, royalty and senior government ministers, ambassadors and military generals. These protective services have successfully covered the globe working in 36 countries in 5 continents, at senior government and local levels including countries associated with low infrastructure and high risk, and war zones. In acknowledgement of his dedication to and excellence in services to close protection Bryan was presented with a special award before leaving the service.

With a desire to promote the same exacting standards Bryan served as a lead trainer to aspiring officers from all backgrounds destined to work with both the British royal family and senior UK government ministers. He also designed and successfully managed the police service's first private close protection course delivered to a prominent community security team of volunteers. The rewarding role in training culminated in several years leading the national course by representing the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) as Course Director and lecturing to police services throughout the United Kingdom. He simultaneously served on the Metropolitan and National Police Close Protection Training Committees and as part of a small, select national team he wrote the police national close protection training course that received national accreditation and international recognition.

This broad, accumulated experience led to a number of global overt and covert analytic and training projects engaged as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the British government Foreign & Commonwealth and Home Offices, in the UK and overseas. Such projects included other police services, protective units and national security agencies and spanned numerous countries in five continents. He was personally invited as a Guest Speaker by the Australian Attorney General's Office to a national close protection symposium in Sydney, New South Wales and continued his travels to lecture to specialist departments in several other Australian cities.

On leaving the police service Bryan's passion for excellence was recognised by being asked to sit on the National Security Skills Advisory Group that reviews the National Occupational Standards for close protection. Subsequently invited to be a member of the National Close Protection Consultation Group, he ultimately continues to provide advice and guidance to the private security industry regulating body, the Security Industry Authority (SIA). He has proudly received personal and professional verification by the Security Institute and Association of Security Consultants, both of which he is a Member, together with the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Bryan is licensed by the Security Industry Authority.

The transition in 2008 from UK government to the unique and discreet private 'Family Office' environment has meant utilising his knowledge and experience to benefit private individuals and their families. In providing government standards with a very personal touch Bryan has successfully managed to securely accommodate the nuances and combination of personal, private and professional life.

With this depth of experience and number of quality professional associates gained by over thirty years in the security industry, Bryan enables Pivotal Protective Services Limited to be a comprehensive consultancy with a global footprint, ideally placed to make reasoned assessments, provide expert advice and deliver sound, bespoke security solutions for private and corporate clientele.