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 have recruited subject matter experts from the intelligence community, military and industry to deliver timely and accurate threat information and informed protective security advice across the spectrum of risks faced by the maritime sector.

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.


Mark ‘Bruce’ Roberts MBE IPM MLitt GCGI FSyI

40 years collective experience in intelligence, counter-terrorism and protective security involving operational deployments to high risk areas while serving in both the UK intelligence community and military intelligence. Acted as the UK intelligence community's threat intelligence lead on maritime, aviation and energy sector threats nationally and working with overseas intelligence partners. Member of several UK government level counter-terrorism working groups. Provided maritime threat planning assumptions for the London 2012 and 2004 Athens Olympics. Also served as head of the critical national infrastructure threats team in the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC). Industry experience as Regional Security Manager (EMEA) for Carnival Corporation, responsible for providing threat management guidance for the fleet of 102 cruise ships, and former onboard head of security with Princess Cruises. Also served as Operations Manager within ICL Fujitsu, with a direct responsibility for over 150 staff.

Masters degree in Terrorism Studies, graduate award in Intelligence Management, diploma in business administration, University Certificate in International Security Management and Fellow of the Security Institute.

Awarded an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen for services to counter terrorism and the 9-11 International Police Medal by the US authorities for services to international public safety. Also awarded a (NATO) Commander-in-Chief Commendation and operational citation (Kosovo) during military service.

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.

Membership Manager

Kimberley Dance

With a career working with membership organisations and global event management, Kim understands the importance of sharing industry best practice. Kim is highly experienced in membership management as well as global event management (including at the Association of Event Venues) which includes organising and facilitating international workshops and conferences.
Her extensive customer service training and associated skillsets have been integral to her success in the field of membership management.

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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