Mr. Thatcher is an Associate Security Consultant at BB7. Prior to joining BB7 in August 2018, he spent twelve years in the Middle East working across a range of different levels including operational security, strategic security risk management consulting, and governmental regulatory policy implementation.
For the past five years he was a lead government regulator for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s Safety and Security Planning Manual (SSPM) at the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities (formerly the Urban Planning Council). He was heavily involved in Abu Dhabi’s Crowded Places Protection Program to survey vulnerabilities and develop retrofit action plans for places at risk of terrorism. He was also the lead security reviewer of iconic destinations, event spaces, arenas and stadia, luxury hotels, retail malls, large scale residential developments, and urban regeneration master plans to ensure that new developments adequately addressed their security risks through integrated urban planning, urban design, and architectural solutions. He was the strategic and technical lead on behalf of the government to provide temporary hostile vehicle mitigation ahead of the 2017 Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix.He started his career working in operational security in high risk environments in Iraq and Afghanistan where he was responsible for all operational, logistics, finance, and administrative project coordination across Iraq and Africa theatres.