JORDAN WYLIE MA, BA (Hons)
Jordan Wylie is the Founder and Principal Consultant at JWC International Ltd. Over the last 15 years he has accumulated a wealth of experience in the security and global marine sector from the operational to the strategic level, in the fields of maritime security, safety and risk management.
Having initially spent 10 years in the British Armed Forces as a Non Commissioned Officer, which included service on operations in Northern Ireland and Iraq, as an intelligence and reconnaissance specialist. Jordan has since succesfully positioned himself as a recognised subject matter expert in the highly complex fields of Maritime Counter Piracy and Maritime Counter Terrorism.
Jordan continues to provide advice, guidance and bespoke marine solutions to governments, many of the worlds leading shipping companies and the offshore Oil & Gas industry, as a security, risk and training advisor. With a proven track record of professional delivery across the public and private sectors, Jordan is a highly regarded maritime professional and is also a regular guest speaker on current maritime security affairs.
In addition to holding a BA (Hons) in Marine Risk Management and a Master of Arts (MA) in Maritime Security Operations, Jordan is also an approved instructor and assessor with the United Kingdom Department for Transport (DfT), Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and an International Standards Verifier (ISV) for Pearson Edexcel, the worlds leading education awarding body for certfication and qualifications.
Jordan currently holds a full time Managing Director position at Sovereign Global UK, a world leader in maritime capacity building programmes for developing sovereign states in Africa and also fulfills a part time Non-Executive Director (Training Advisory) role for the Marine CSO’s (Company Security Officers) Alliance, a global risk management secure platform for shipping company security risk managers to exchange information, intelligence and new ideas in the fight against organised crime at sea. Jordan was appointed as the President of the security industry leading networking group, the Security and Risk Management Alumni in January 2016.
In Jordan's spare time he is a passionate football player and fan, a weekend volunteer and trustee at the regimental museum of the King's Royal Hussars in Winchester and a loving father to his daughter Evie.
COMMODORE GEOFFREY BILLSON (Rtd)
After 33 years exemplary service in the Royal Navy, Geoffrey brings a wealth of experience to JWC International.
Geoffrey has commanded HMS Exeter, HMS Cumberland and HMS Cornwall during his time in the Navy and has also fulfilled a wide variety of other roles worldwide including commanding the RN presentation team and the Naval Maritime Warfare Centre for Training and Research. His career culminated with a period at sea in the Gulf in command of the U.K. Naval Task Group.
Geoffrey recently completed five years service at the UK Hydrographic Office where he edited the Sailing Directions, firstly for the western Mediterranean and then for UK coastal waters.
Geoffrey also fullfills several other roles in his local community which include vice chairman of the local RNLI in Taunton and Church Warden and Trustee of the Elizabethan Church House in Crowcombe.
His hobbies include painting (especially cartoons), golf, shooting and country life on the Quantocks in general.
REAR ADMIRAL JEAN-PAUL TACON (Rtd)
Rear Admiral Jean-Paul Tacon (Retd) had a distinguished military career in the French Navy where he served for over 35 years. During his exemplary service, Admiral Jean-Paul held several senior positions within the French Ministry of Defence and was also a former chairman of the NATO Sub Surface Warfare Committee.
Having commanded several warships, submarines and naval task force groups on operations around the world as a specialist in sub-surface marine warfare, Admiral Jean-Paul brings a wealth of experience to JWC International as our senior advisor for Francophone countries and is respected and a senior maritime advisor to nation states. In the private sector Admiral Jean-Paul is a qualified and experienced Port Facility Security Officer who has extensive experience of auditing management systems, risk mitigation measures, quality and maritime pollution (MarPol) procedures against recognised international standards.
Admiral Jean-Paul speaks fluent English and is married with one daughter. In his spare time he enjoys sea fishing, reading and information technology.