About Us

Elite International

John Allton Jones
John Allton Jones is Elites Chairman and Non-Executive Director, an entrepreneur and leading business development specialist he brings an impressive portfolio of success and a wealth of experience in business growth, with a vision to build on Elites passion and unique Risk Management, Manpower Supply and Training capabilities.
Kyle Thorburn
Managing Director
7 years experience in international business, security operations, training, recruitment and management in Central and Eastern Europe, China, Africa and the Middle East. He Served 8 years military service with the Parachute Regiment / Special Forces Support Group, in direct support of UK Special Forces and other government agencies. He was part of several training teams world wide providing training and mentoring to foreign armies in Africa, Asia and The Middle East.
Kyle possesses extensive experience in both executive and hostile environments all over the world with a vast understanding of foreign cultures and politics.
Luke Hardin
Operations Director
Extensive experience training and recruiting Romanian nationals to work in the international security industry with a focus on preparing personnel for working in hostile environments. 6 years military service with the Parachute Regiment as an operator in the United Kingdom Special Forces Support Group (SFSG), conducting numerous operational deployments directly alongside British Special Forces.
Heavily involved in the training and mentoring of foreign armies (Afghanistan, Oman), and the joint disruption of narcotics and weapon trafficking across Afghanistan.

Elite Academy

Robert “BOB” Betts, BA(hons) MSET,QTLS
Managing Director
Elite Academy was founded in 2010 by Bob Betts, a respected member of the security industry and qualified teacher, Bob was part of the original focus team for the SIA qualification’s framework in 2004 having been active in the industry since the mid 1990’s. With an exemplary military and home office career as a senior officer this provided an excellent background to undertake both a BA (hons) and Certificate in Education, which earned him a place as one of the original training providers for LOCOG at the 2012 games and thereafter a operational managers role for the Olympic Delivery Authority. Writing one of the first Physical Intervention programmes approved for the Security Industry Bob established ELITE current position as one of the leading providers of Physical Intervention and control and restraint,working with over 500 companies both in the UK and worldwide. Bobs other roles in the industry include, directorship of the BSIA ( Training Section Chairman) , subject matter expert for the SIA, Health & Social Care and Education sectors and Awarding Organisations in the use of force and restraint. Bob has provided expert witness consultancy, advice and guidance to schools and hospitals and is well known for his informative and entertaining keynote speeches at security conferences.
Tom Sawyer
Training Manager
Tom joined Elite Academy of Security Training Ltd as an instructor in 2014 after completing a distinguished military career spanning over 24 years. As an armament and explosive specialist in the RAF, he worked in Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) and has seen operational military service in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.
With a wealth of experience establishing the security for sensitive locations in hostile locations, Tom has adapted these skills into the private security industry to provide consultancy and realistic training to the ever increasing terrorism threat.
As Training Manager and experienced Instructor, he ensures the professional running of Elite courses, regularly liaising with clients and corporations to guarantee that the correct levels of training are undertaken to suit their requirements. Tom is a qualified Security Instructor and Close Protection Officer with experience in Health and Safety, Risk Management and First Aid, and has previously been instrumental in implementing Major Accident Plans in both the UK and overseas.