Providence is a UK defence manufacturer and supplier based in Hereford with a truly global reach. Drawing on years of experience within the defence and security industries, Providence have positioned themselves to provide efficient, effective and value for money services and products to Governments, Militaries and Law Enforcement Agencies across the globe.
Providence employs former Government, Special forces and Law Enforcement officers who bring relevant operational, technical and business understanding and experience to our markets. Providence’s agile, dynamic and innovative approach, combined with their ability to understand requirements has been instrumental in providing integrated business and intelligence solutions for their clients.
Providence’s business philosophy is based around their client focus and the ability to deliver services, products and systems that offer quality and value for money whilst exceeding customers performance expectations. Providence’s business ethics and values only sees them servicing Allied Government, Military and Law Enforcement Agencies.
Providence leverages their operational and technical understanding as well as their network of strategic partners to offer services in the following areas:
- Product and System Procurement
- Training and Consultancy
- Research, Development and Technical Delivery
Product and System Procurement
Providence prides itself on its procurement best practices in line with our ISO9001 accreditation (Quality Management System) which allows us to deliver the products and systems that clients require in a time and in a cost-effective manner.
All the products and systems that Providence represent are technically and operationally tested to validate their performance and ensure that clients receive products that are aligned to their capability requirements.
Providence offers products and systems in the following intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability areas :
Covert Installation and Drilling Equipment, Covert Audio, Covert Video, Covert Access, Covert Tracking, Sensor System, Concealment, Situational Awareness, Tactical Cyber and Interception, Covert Method of Entry (CMOE), Electronic Lock (RFID and Access Control Systems) and Alarm Defeat.
As well as providing product and system procurement, Providence also provides a customisation and integration service to bring multiple systems together or provide a common Command and Control (C2) platform to co-ordinate and manage capability. This approach allows clients to bring numerous systems together under a singular C2 platform and maximise their operational output.
Providence believes that all products and systems that are sold should be done so with a technical and operational understanding of how they function. Providence can provide training and operational support on all products and systems to expedite the client’s ability to get their new capability operational.
Training and Consultancy
Providence recognise that many of today’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities are complex. Providence are dedicated to delivering a wide spectrum of training to support the operational application of products and systems as well as the tactics required for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.
Providence training aims to enhance the skill sets and capabilities of our clients and introduce them to the very latest advances in training, techniques and technology to maximize their operational effectiveness. Providence’s training methodology has been refined to ensure that all Training Objectives (TO’s) and Key Learning Points (KLP’s) are agreed with clients and delivered in a manner that exponentially promotes the learning experience.
Providence doesn’t just deliver training, they build relationships with clients to ensure they understand their exacting requirements and objectives. All their training courses can be modified and adjusted to ensure that they capitalize on a client’s technical and operational knowledge and experience. Providence ensures that the underpinning theoretical aspects of the training are understood by clients before teaching the client how to employ their new skills safely in an operational environment through realistic operational scenario training.
Training and consultancy can vary in duration from 1 day to 12 months, with past deliveries seeing Providence training instructors embedded within a client’s management team providing strategic and operational support to enhance and nurture the clients operating capability.
Providence offers training and consultancy in the following areas :
Covert Audio & Video Deployment, Commercial Off The Shelf Modification, Covert Method of Entry, Alarm Defeat, Technical Skills Course, Access Control & Electronic Locks Bypass, Cyber Capabilities Course, Mimicry & Concealment and Covert Surveillance.
Providences professional and dedicated training team can deliver training at their bespoke and discrete training academy in Hereford (UK) or at a client’s location, providing an unparalleled learning experience.
Research, Development and Delivery
Providence understands that sometimes our clients have requirements that need development of bespoke solutions or markets to be researched to find a solution that fits their needs.
Providence have built a team of highly specialised researchers and technicians that can provide tailored services to clients to cater for all their specialist or development needs.
Providence offer the following services.
- Market Research and Technical Comparison Services – Before making a significant capital investment into a capability area, Providence can conduct comparative market research to ensue that the required products and systems fulfil the client’s requirements.
- Trials and Evaluations (T&E) of Technical Equipment – Providence conducts T&E of technical surveillance and intelligence gathering capabilities on behalf of clients who require to understand their technical and operational performance. This service may be conducted before a large capital purchase to ensure value for money or on equipment that may be considered for operations to mitigate risk associated with its use.
- Bespoke Product Development – Providence have built up a team of researchers and developers capable of delivering bespoke hardware and software engineering solutions for our clients.
- Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) Modification Training and Services – As operations have changed, so to have their requirements. Clients who conduct expeditionary operations may not have the ability to use Government Furnished Equipment’s (GFE) overseas. Providence’s COTS modification training gives users the methodology and skill sets to modify and adapt COTS equipment to form a force protection or surveillance capability for aggressive upstream intelligence gathering. Providence can also provide bespoke instructions on individual equipment modifications and integration for clients to suit their exacting requirements.
- Technical Project Management and Delivery – Providence recognise that technical requirements can be complex and difficult to manage. Providence can work with clients to ensure that their project requirements and strategic objectives are achieved using our bespoke project management and delivery services.
Meet Our Team
Co-Founder & CEO
Following his education Michael went on to join the British Army Corps of Royal Signals as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in telecommunications in 1997 and during this period Michael covered all strategic and operational covert technical intelligence gathering disciplines. During his 5 year career in the UK Special Forces in particular, Michael specialised in technical surveillance and completed several operational tours including operations in the Balkan States, Mainland UK, MENA region and elsewhere.
As CEO of Providence, Michael is responsible for leading the development of the long-term strategy of the company, as well as being responsible for creating and maintaining shareholder value. Michael also acts as a direct liaison between the Board of Directors and management of the company and communicates to the Board on behalf of management. Amongst many of his duties is corporate governance, development of organisational policies and goals, personnel, financial performance and growth of the Providence Group of companies as a whole.
Michael has been a significant driving force behind the growth of Providence from its inception as an idea into a multi-million-pound global business that is recognised as a world leader in Covert Intelligence and Counter Terrorism product lines, Consultancy and Training. Michael’s ability to constantly recognise, adopt and in many cases, develop emerging technologies ahead of the market is what makes the Providence Group of companies the dynamic and potent organisation that it is become today.
Co-Founder & Director
Following an early career in engineering, Stephen joined the British Army Corps of Royal Engineers (RE) in 1988 and joined 22 SAS Regiment in 1998 and during this period completed a full operational tour with the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR). During his career in the UK Special Forces, Stephen specialised in surveillance, expeditionary intelligence gathering techniques and dynamic targeting and completed several clandestine operational tours including operations in the Balkan States, Mainland UK, MENA region and West Africa.
Since leaving the Army in 2005, Stephen has worked in the commercial sector, including spending time as a Senior Security Advisor to global media organisations and to the International Federation of Journalists in Baghdad; his work has meant providing security in challenging environments such as in Iraq, Lebanon, the West Bank and Liberia. Following this period Stephen went on to co-found the Providence Group of companies in 2009.
Stephen is a Director and responsible for the development of the long-term strategy of Providence alongside the Board of Directors which includes, emerging markets, trends, product lines and future acquisitions for growth. Amongst many of his duties is corporate governance, development of organisational policies and goals, personnel, financial performance and strategy of the group assisting the CEO.
Stephen brings 25 years of experience in defence and security operations with government agencies and commercial organisations and has been instrumental in the growth of the Providence Group. In recent years Stephen orchestrated the acquisition of Tac-Up BV and Xenubis. and sits as Chairman and Director on behalf of Providence.
Co-Founder & COO
Following his education, Peter served with the Dutch law enforcement for 15 years. During his service, Peter was involved in many high risk, Counter Terrorism, SWAT and hostage rescue operations. Since leaving the law enforcement community in 2006, Peter worked within the defence commercial sector where he built up an extensive client base within the various special operations communities worldwide. This resulted in Peter assisting several high profile Special Forces units with specialist equipment procurement activities and training.
As COO of the Providence, Peter directs, administers and coordinates the internal operational activities of the organisation in accordance with policies, goals and objectives established by the CEO and the Board of Directors. Peter leads and directs the operations and marketing and coordinates the establishment of new business for the Providence. Peter assists the CEO in the development of organisational policies that enhance operations, personnel, financial performance and the growth of the Providence Group of companies as a whole.
Peter brings 15 years of experience in the law enforcement and special operations sectors and has been instrumental in the development of new business and growth for the Providence Group of companies.
Sales Director and Partner
Before Providence, Darren operated as a highly experienced and well-respected technician within 18 Signals Regiment, the technical support and communications arm of the UK Special Forces Group. Working throughout the world in support of tactical and technical surveillance operations, Darren built a solid reputation and gained a wealth of experience within the covert surveillance field. During his military career Darren served in multiple hostile environments around the globe providing operational intelligence gathering capabilities.
Darren joined Providence at its conception in 2009 and was largely responsible for the design, manufacture and delivery of technical and tactical surveillance solutions. Managing the product portfolio alongside the specialist training courses provided a valuable understanding and insight into operational requirements.
From 2013 until 2017 Darren has been running the UK business as the Managing Director. Shortly thereafter Providence UK expanded into multiple company representation and consultation proving to be the company of choice for service, support, operational understanding and delivery.
Darren is involved in many projects for various international clients to provide a broad range of specialist technical surveillance products. Throughout his varied career he has built an extensive contact list which he uses to ensure that Providence’s deployment techniques and tactical training evolve in line with technological advances within the covert surveillance industry.
Darren recently became the Sales Director and Partner to Providence offering the existing high level of consultancy to our overseas clients. As Sales Director Darren will maintain supplier and client relationships with the support of the Training team, Special Project Team and supporting Providence staff.
Martin Ferries is the Training Manager at Providence, bringing experience from many years of Military operations in hostile and time sensitive environments around the globe. Martin leverages many years of surveillance and special operations experience in order to deliver operational best practice tradecraft and covert operations training that is precisely adapted to meet client requirements in a given threat-environment. His analysis and assessments of operational situations (and the freedoms and constraints presented by certain situations) have become the bench mark for the training and awareness that we seek to deliver across Providence’s broad syllabus of specialist training packages.
On successive Providence projects and commitments, Martin has delivered outstanding technical and physical surveillance training through in-depth personal knowledge, focused operational insight, prudent budget management and a robust framework. His present focus is on seamlessly fusing the disciplines of physical, technical and cyber surveillance operations in order to improve the inputs to and outputs of the intelligence gathering cycle. Highly experienced in this field from his military service, Martin now also leverages experience of commercial security and defense experience in support of Providence projects and operations.
As Training Manager, Martin is responsible for the design, delivery, management, personnel and financing of Providence training initiatives. He is also responsible for ensuring correct policies and procedures are in place with regards to project Quality Control Plans (QCPs) and for delivering the appropriately focused Training Needs Analyses (TNAs) across a broad raft of technically diverse skill sets.
Director Special Projects
James joined Providence in 2012 and is a Company Director currently running the Special Projects and HR departments within the business. James holds an HND in telecommunications, PRINCE2 Project Management (Practitioner), a level 5 diploma in corporate finance and business management, a Post-Graduate diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and is also a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Prior to joining Providence, James served for 13 years in the Royal Corps of Signals as a Systems Engineering Technician. He spent 6 years at the GCHQ and 7 years at Hereford in support of UKSF operations where he was responsible for various strategic and operational intelligence gathering capabilities. During his military career, James conducted operational deployments in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and other MENA regions.
As Special Projects Director, James is responsible for the development and execution of strategy pertaining to all trials and evaluations and research and development activities within the business in line with the boards long term strategy. James also oversees all bid, contract and project activities within the business and has extensive contract management experience across the public and private sector. James is appointed Quality Management representative for Providence, ensuring product and service delivery adheres to ISO:9001 accreditation and the contractual performance indicators of our clients.
James’ extensive experience in capability management and delivery has been invaluable at developing integrated business solutions between Providence and its clients. His understanding and appreciation of client’s technical, operational and business requirements as well as his commitment to quality, ensures that our client’s expectations are routinely exceeded and an outstanding value for money service is always delivered.
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