Terry initially trained as an Electronics Engineer with the Royal Air Force, serving in the UK and Far East on radar and missile guidance systems. Ten years later he gained his commercial management experience with STC working in the UK and the Middle East on large-scale communications projects.
Invited to join a private alarm company, becoming a Director, he subsequently formed a group of security companies specialising in the installation and maintenance of security systems, including specialist undertakings for hospitals, the police and military, local authorities and original design work for banks and the protection of people. In 1983 the service companies were sold providing the freedom to concentrate full-time on independent consultancy.
Over the years, assignments varied enormously in content from work with major security organisations to acting as adviser to leading international companies, the police, government departments, universities, hospitals, psychiatric units, retailers, fine art auctioneers, schools, car importers, overseas ambassadorial residences and others including advice on consumer affairs and to trading standards. SafeGuard Consultants has undertaken large-scale, fully integrated multi-disciplined projects for complex sites and uniquely played a leading role in the development and marketing of innovative new products for specialist applications.
His in-depth knowledge of products, costs, contractual matters, documentation and quality systems and standards provided the key to negotiating cost effective solutions and protecting commercial and contractual interests. This capability was also used extensively in the provision of accomplished expert services, specifically Personal Injury, Retail (including Betting shops), Cash and Valuables in Transit (CVIT) and armed robbery.
Previously he acted as Vice Chairman and Special Adviser to the Joint Security Industry Council, which liaises with Government on security issues. For many years he served on the Council of the Association of Security Consultants. The Consultancy is listed by the NSI, the independent Inspectorate for security systems and by the Law Society. He was a member of the team responsible for formulating the security industry NVQs, has written training programmes in conjunction with the Security Training Organisation, and has sat on BSI committees. He was an influential speaker at security conferences and other leading functions and has lectured, trained and written articles for leading journals on security related matters. As a consultant he undertook assignments for the PSA, Ministry of Defence and the Police Authority and numerous expert witness enquiries.