Team Biographies - Brian Parritt CBE Brigadier (retired).

BRIAN PARRITT CBE BRIGADIER (RETIRED)


Brigadier (Retd) Brian Parritt served for thirty-seven years in the British Army, culminating in five years as Director of the Intelligence Corps. Throughout his service he held a variety of senior Intelligence and Security appointments all over the world, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Borneo, Malta, Libya and Cyprus. He is a parachutist, and was wounded and commended for bravery as a Gunner Officer during the Korean War. He was awarded the MBE during the ENOSIS Campaign in Cyprus and the CBE in Northern Ireland.

In 1986 he formed International Maritime Security (IMS), and was the Chairman and Chief Executive until May 2006. In this position he has been a guest speaker at many Maritime Seminars, which discussed the problems of Port and Ship Security.

In 1986 he participated in the series of International Maritime Organisation Meetings, which resulted in the unanimous adoption by the United Nations of the Policy Document - 'Measures to Prevent Unlawful Acts Against Passengers and Crews On Board Ships' (MSC/Circ.443).

Brigadier Parritt has also been an invited speaker at five Seminars organised by the IMO, three to discuss Maritime Terrorism matters and two to discuss Piracy/Armed Robbery issues. These were 1989, Puerto Rico, 1990, Greece, 1991, Japan, 1998, Brazil and 1999 in Singapore. In 2002 he was appointed by the IMO to be the "Maritime Security Consultant" and has participated in IMO training workshops in Mombasa, Singapore, Sydney, Alexandria and Gdansk.

In 2003 he was asked to revise the week long IMO Maritime Security Seminar/Workshop Manual and has conducted this revised training in Calabar (Nigeria), Durban, Mumbai, Bangkok and Peking.

In 1989 he was part of a Delegation led by the Norwegian Ambassador, which toured the Caribbean to discuss with Heads of State how to prevent the smuggling of illegal items.

In 1991 he was asked by the Nautical Institute to write the book "Security at Sea" which is a practical guide for Masters to help them deal with terrorism, drugs and piracy. This book includes a Foreword written by the Secretary General of the IMO.

Following the success of this book, in 1992 the Nautical Institute commissioned him to write a second book, "Stowaways at Sea". This dealt with the problems arising from Stowaways, Refugees and Asylum Seekers. In 1996 a third Book was commissioned entitled "Crime at Sea" to help mitigate the effect of Maritime Crime, and in 1998 a new Book was published entitled "Illegal Drugs by Sea".

In 1994 he was elected a Companion of the Nautical Institute, and in 1995 was a joint signatory with Her Majesty's Customs and Excise to a "Memorandum of Understanding" in the fight against illegal drugs. In 1999 he was selected to be a Governor of the United States Maritime Security Committee in Washington and to be a Member of the Association of Airport and Seaport Police.

 

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