Rose Partners – Team

Whatever your security requirements Rose Partners has the capacity to meet your needs.

Sean Crawford
Managing Partner – Founding Partner

Sean Crawford is an experienced Security Director, with extensive experience in the provision of international security management and executive protection engagements. He has developed international and domestic opportunities for security services within Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. He has worked very closely with government departments and agencies – primarily the Foreign Office and DIFD – in the overseas operations and policy arena, including the re-establishment of Embassy staff and infrastructure design in Libya and Somalia. Instrumental in providing immediate support and repatriation for clients during the Arab Spring

Prior to joining Rose Partners Sean directed all of Control Risks international executive protection engagements throughout EMEA and supported all other regions within the group. He has operated in high-risk environments and managed high-profile engagements across the globe. Sean has demonstrated a proven commercial career during his time with Control Risks Group as the Associate Director for Protective Services for EMEA. He has cemented Protective Services as the market leader and has enhanced the Control Risks brand.

More recently Sean has designed the Rose Programme personal resilience course for young people; giving them the knowledge and insight needed to navigate the complexities and demands outside your school gates and preparing them mentally and physically as a member of a global society. Sean currently sits on the board of Rose Partners as a founder member.

Nick Kitson
Senior Partner – Founding Partner

Nick Kitson has been a Senior Partner at Rose from its foundation, playing a central role in the establishment of the company, its strategy and the development of its client base.  As a non-executive partner, he provides advice and assistance on all aspects of the company’s operations as well as sourcing and engaging in new business.  Prior to joining Rose, Nick served 20 years with the British Army, commissioning into the Royal Green Jackets and taking early retirement in 2012, having reached the rank of Colonel.  This encompassed operational tours in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as liaison, training and advisory tasks in various other countries, several in the Middle East.  He has held key leadership appointments including command of a Special Forces squadron and an infantry battalion.  He led a 1400-strong Battle Group in Afghanistan, during a most intense period of British counter-insurgency operations there, for which he was awarded the DSO.  He has held several staff appointments in Whitehall, mainly in the field of operational policy and planning but also with responsibility for Army structures and broader institutional policy.  He has worked closely with other government departments and agencies – primarily the Foreign Office, Home Office and DFiD – in the defence and overseas operations and policy arena, including a secondment to the National Security Council Secretariat in the Cabinet Office during the Libyan Revolution.

Since leaving the Army Nick has been developing a commercial career in the upstream Oil and Gas sector and is currently Vice President Middle East and North Africa for a UK based midcap Exploration and Production company.  Responsibilities are centred on country specific strategy, government and corporate relations as well as involvement in current operations and new acquisitions.

Academic achievements include a BA (First Class with honours) in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Exeter University and a MA (with distinction) in Central Asian Studies with Arabic and basic Russian from London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

David Claydon
Operations Director

David has been part of Rose Partners since its inception. He brings a great deal of experience from working in some of the most challenging of environments. He has planned and delivered complex executive protection tasks both domestically and internationally, providing discreet executive protection to HNW individuals and families, as well as corporate chief executives.

Deployed throughout Europe, Middle East, Africa and South America on a variety of high and low profile tasks. He is extremely adept in mission analysis, problem solving and security mitigation planning and implementation, delivering timely, accurate and thoroughly analysed information on ‘The Threat’ whilst being under great time pressure. David is an integral member of the decision making process. Using lateral and proactive thinking to deploy all available assets effectively.

John Tresidder
Senior Security Design Consultant

John has more than 23 years’ experience in the security industry, in the design, evaluation, management, installation and maintenance of a wide range of security projects and systems in the public and private sectors.  He previously worked as a Senior Consultant in Control Risks’ Security Design & Solutions practice.

In 2010 John completed a three-year secondment to the London 2012 Olympic development project with the Olympic delivery partner CLM. John represented the Olympic delivery consortium to ensure compliance with the Olympic Park security operational requirement and to safeguard the venue’s professional design teams in developing a consistent security design philosophy in accordance with the Olympic games bid commitment. Part of this role included interfacing with Secure by Design advisors and Counter Terrorism Security Advisors to achieve Secure by Design accreditation for each sporting venue.

John’s recent security design projects include:

  • Physical and electronic security design for an international port in Africa
  • Estate and residential security design for a prime residential development in the UK
  • Integrated electronic security design for a global fashion brand in Europe
  • Physical and electronic security design for an international port in the Middle East
  • Physical and electronic security design for a portfolio of petro-chemical assets in North Africa

John has carried out numerous security reviews of private residences and businesses.

He has worked as a project manager at Morgan Stanley on the delivery of electronic security solutions in two high-rise developments within the Canary Wharf campus and a new data centre in Croydon, projects totalling £4m. Roles and responsibilities included risk assessment, tender evaluation, procurement, project management, and system acceptance/witness testing.

Previously, John worked within the private sector for major systems integrators in south-east England on a diverse range of security projects, including shopping centres, universities, utilities, government buildings and financial institutions.

John serves as Rose Partners Senior Security Design Consultant.

Twysden Moore
Managing Partner – Founding Partner

Twysden has spent his career to date acting as an advisor to HNI’s & C-Suite across many sectors on strategy, structure, routes to market, identifying and hiring operational teams and partner agencies, introducing equity and debt partners and establishment in domestic & overseas markets. He has been active across the leisure and entertainment sectors, property, travel & hotel, private security, tv & radio, luxury good sectors, & insurance industries. He has also helped clients establish charities in the UK and abroad.

Twysden is Managing Partner at Rose Partners, and also sits on the boards of Daedalus, a private secure communications provider, Global Accounting Network, a boutique finance recruitment agency specialising in permanent & interim staffing for qualified accountants, and Ferintosh, Scotland’s oldest whisky distillery.

Alexei Cantacuzene-Speransky
Business Development Director

Alexei joined Rose Partners in September 2015, bringing with him an infectious energy and core knowledge of the Private Client world. Alexei has spent the last ten years building and shaping relationships with private clients and their advisors. Having worked within the inner sanctum of many private families, Alexei has built up an extraordinary network of key advisors across all sectors, making him one of the ‘go to’ people for a huge number of private advisors, when it comes to client questions that sit outside of their remit. His last role showed the trust that he is granted by so many families, which meant him looking after the most precious part of their lives, the children. Alexei spent the last three years advising and mentoring the next generation of wealth, putting him second only to the Head of Security, as the most trusted individual in the employ of the family.

Paul Comfort
Security Risk Consulting Director

Paul provides security risk management advice and is experienced carrying out residential property reviews. He has carried out strategic security reviews and developed corporate security policies and plans for a large number of multinational companies and SMEs.

Paul has 20 years’ experience in the Australian Foreign Service in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. He was High Commissioner (ambassador) in Kenya where he was responsible for the Australian Government’s relations with ten countries in east Africa and the Horn of Africa and was accredited as Australia’s Permanent Representative to the Nairobi-based United Nations Environment Programme. As a member of the Australian Foreign Service, Paul was also for some time head of fraud prevention and investigations.

He has also worked privately as a consultant to several Australian and British companies providing advice on political risk and stakeholder management in Africa. He has extensive experience in political, economic and security risk analysis.

Al Prescott
Senior Instructor

Al has been involved in the planning and delivery of personal safety risk mitigation and staying safe training to various agencies for over 20 years including the MOD, Government Agencies and the BBC.  Al has also been involved in the development, design and quality assurance of training for over 25 years and has extensive experience working at all levels creating and delivering training solutions designed to support the organisations business plan.

Al is a leading instructor for organisations that wish to become accredited centres to plan and conduct training at all levels to meet emerging threats and risks allowing them to sustain capability.

James Eason
Senior Director, Security and Risk Consulting – Corporate Services.

James has worked within the risk and security services industry for almost thirty years.  During this time he has helped organisations of all types, in all territories, manage their risk exposure effectively by providing hands-on expert guidance and ensuring that enterprise objectives are reached and maintained.

James’s consulting experience spans all threat, risk and security considerations across the project life-cycle and includes many years providing specialist guidance and response on kidnap for ransom and extortive crime cases.  Prior to joining Rose Partners, James spent eleven years at Control Risks, and before that worked within the information risk and financial risk management sectors in London and Bermuda.


All of our close protection personnel are appropriately trained. They come from military and law enforcement backgrounds and, as such, all have extensive close protection experience.

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