Guest editor David Tredrea: Health really matters – for the security professional!

David Tredrea
David Tredrea

Meet guest editor David Tredrea, writing on “Health really matters – for the security professional”

I have an MSc (Commendation) in change management and other postgraduate qualifications in health, education and psychology. My specialist skills in mental health trauma and other clinical rapid responses were honed during 10 yrs Africa war zones with leadership in the UN, Red Cross, WHO, World Bank, Police and Embassies. This followed 6 years UK research in burns and bomb trauma. An ardent team player and mediator, regarded by peers as utterly reliable, focused, tenacious and dynamic – especially when consensus is required through active debate and logical argument. Activity with many UK and International Boards and complex Regulators has enriched personal competencies, especially when difficult challenges, distractions and conflicts require wisdom to produce durable solutions. Enhanced Level 2 Police vetted.


Creditable and calm professional with proven track record and tenacity in crisis intervention, change management, safe governance and prudent leadership. Tenacious, deep thinker, erudite, analytical, quality listener and rapid learner.

  • 10 years in Africa running Kenya based crisis psychology centre with hands-on consultancy specialising in risk management, disaster and emergency planning. CBT/EMDR/EFT trained and MEDEVAC ready
  • Consistent, dependable case and/or cause worker, especially tolerant and sensitive to the special needs of people of different age, culture, disability, orientation, language, creed and political opinion
  • Well organised team player, leader, writer, manager and assessor with engaging and logical style. Driven by impeccable integrity and tenacity. Focused on ‘getting the right job done and for the right reasons’. Highly experienced within gold, silver and bronze commands
  • Comfortable, confident and composed in various roles – training, executive, clinical, legal and mentoring. Described by colleagues as having a common-sense, warm and approachable manner; resilient but insightful to help everyone recognise, achieve and sustain change through ways that are cost-effective, elegant and dignified


Keogh and Care Quality Commission as specialist clinical professional adviser (SPA) – Blackpool NHS; Nottingham NHS; Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS; Cornwall NHS; Lewisham & Greenwich NHS; Wye Valley NHS; Heart of England NHS; Yorkshire Ambulance; London Ambulance; East of England Ambulance; SE England Ambulance; SW Ambulance; MEDESEC; Falck Medical; British Red Cross; NW Ambulance.


  • London Trauma Group 2003 – current. 10 -12 Harley Street, London W1G 9PG. Founder/Director: Specialist services in mental health trauma, consultancy, training and crisis management
  • The Stanhope Centre Nairobi, Kenya 1993-2003. Founder/Director: Pan-Africa support for child refugees, aid workers, hostage and war wounded and disaster relief
  • Action Health, 12 Harley Street, London 1985-1993. Founder/Director: Health care and management consultancy, especially within critical incidence and rapid-response
  • Health Foundation, 148 Harley Street, London 1987-93. Research Director: New technology products with front-line research in burns and bomb trauma at Fire Services College and Birmingham Accident Hospital Burns Unit
  • Blake Emergency, 2016 – current. Team member – Heathrow Airport Rapid Response Group


  • Barclays Bank (UK)
  • International Red Cross (Geneva)
  • Save The Children Fund (UK)
  • BBC (Africa)
  • Kenya Airways (Africa)
  • UK, German, French and US Embassies (Kenya)
  • DfID (UK)
  • World Food Programme (Rome)
  • Royal Army Medical Corps (UK)
  • IBM (UK)
  • Kenya Police Service (Nairobi)
  • UNICEF (Kenya & New York)
  • British Airways (UK)
  • Médécines Sans Frontiers (Paris)
  • US Peace Corps (Malawi)
  • British Telecom (UK)
  • Metropolitan Police (London)
  • International Rescue Committee (USA)
  • Coca Cola (Africa)
  • Reuters (International)
  • World Health Organisation (Geneva)
  • World Bank (Africa)
  • NOLS (USA)
  • UN Development Programme (New York)
  • Shell Oil (Nigeria)
  • UN Office: Drugs & Crime (Vienna)
  • UN High Commission for Refugees (Geneva)


Institution NameMembership NoAccreditationDates
UK Register of Trauma Specialists#00064Member2008-2013
British Assoc Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies#080555Member2008-2010
Association of Family Therapists#1476820Member2008-2010
The Royal Zoological Society#N600746Scientific Fellow2001-2010
The Royal Geographical Society#466252Fello2001-2010
Royal Inst. Public Health#21889Fellow1989-2009
The Royal Society of Medicine - Forensic & Legal Medicine; Psychiatry; Emergency Medicine Sections#315458Fellow1986-2010
The Royal Society of Health#540381Fellow1979-2009
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy#541814Member2001-2009
Compassion Fatigue Specialist, US Academy of Traumatology Certified1999-2009
Institute of Traumatology, Florida State University#1003Member1998-2009
The Royal Institution#F1013Fellow2001-2008
Kenya Psychological SocietyMember1998-2002
British Institute of ManagementMember1986-1994


MSc. Master of Science (Commendation) East London University
Action learning/change psychology about how to make people, systems, things and organisations change for the betterSchool of Management 1985-89 (p/t)
DipHEd. Postgraduate Diploma in Health EducationSouth Bank University
Alcohol as a fetal teratogenSchool of Health Studies 1981-83 (p/t)
Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological TestingSouth Bank University
Measurement of personality and human behaviourSchool of Psychology 1978-79 (p/t)
Postgraduate Diploma in Education
University of Wales Aberystwyth
IT and PsychologySchool of Education 1975-76
CertEd. Biology, Psychology & EducationUniversity of Nottingham
QTS registered 7067759Bishop Lonsdale College, Derby 1970-1973


Community First Responder (Level 3)SCAS 2012 – 2015; EMAS - current
Independent Custody VisitorWestminster 2007-2010 - Northamptonshire 2015 - 2017
Local Authority School Governor (Vice-Chair)Studfall Junior, Corby 2015 - 2018
(GID: 1289469)Meadowside, Burton Latimer - 2017
Patients AssociationAmbassador 2012-2015
Berkshire Social Services Emergency Duty TeamAppropriate Adult 2012-2014
West London Mental Health Trust (Broadmoor Hospital)Hospital Visitor 2011-2015
Mental Health MattersTrustee (Main Board) 2009-2010
CrimeStoppersTrustee (Gloucester & London) 2005-2009
Victim Support
Trustee Gloucester 2004-2006
St John Ambulance 1968 – 1999CEO Kenya 1997-1999
Kenya Psychological SocietyFounder Board Member 1996-2001
Samaritans UK 1970-1989Founder English Branch, Hong Kong 1973-75

Contact David:

10 – 12 Harley Street, London W1G 9PG

070 107 56789