CSO Alliance

About Us

Our Vision

To make the Maritime world a safer place to do business.

Our Mission

To provide timely, relevant threat information, analysis and subject matter expertise on all aspects of maritime security. To be at the forefront of sharing information that can be used by security professionals to protect their organisations from the wide range of security threats that currently exists. We provide timely maritime security related information to the maritime industry.

About us

Senior Management Team

MD / Founder

Mark Sutcliffe MICS

After six years as an Officer in the British Army with the Royal Hussars (PWO), Mark spent two years working on the docks of Hartlepool and Bristol starting off as a tally clerk.
The following 22 years were spread between blue chip companies, Gearbulk, GAC and Wilhelmsen (during which time he was invited to join the board of Wilhelmsen Lines Car Carries in Southampton). His focus was a mixture of operations and business development in these global companies. Applying this extensive experience and recognising the urgent need for greater collaboration within the global maritime industry, Mark founded CSO Alliance Ltd. in 2012. Since then, he has continued to seek to fulfil his vision of bringing the global maritime security community closer together to help reduce criminality impacting the maritime sector. Mark is a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and has developed an impressive array of contacts from across the entire range of the global shipping community.

Finance Director

Gareth Hamilton

Highly trained in accounts practice with Grant Thornton LLP, Gareth is a qualified accountant with a wealth of industry experience. After qualifying, Gareth moved straight into working in Industry where for the last 10 years he has managed finance teams in a variety of fast paced environments from start-up’s to multi-nationals such as Tripadvisor. His industry sector experience spans property, software, technology, travel & live events among others. Gareth has a proven track record of implementing structure and controls around financial processes and reporting whilst contributing to the on-going commercialisation of the company business model.


Simon Osborne

Simon has a background of starting and growing mostly digital businesses spanning 25 years. In 2009 he was part of the team that started Protection Vessels International (PVI) with responsibility for Sales and Commercial Development. In 2013 PVI was 5th in the Fast Track 100 of the fastest growing companies in the UK. Simon was an early investor in CSO Alliance and is also an investor and Director in other businesses covering Cyber Security, Insurance and Online recruitment.

Security through community

Our ambitions do not end here however as we look to extend our family of on-line communities to support further industry sectors

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