About us and our team

ISTQ personnel come from a variety of backgrounds and are former Education, Military, Special Forces and Home Office operatives and training instructors all of whom have been very carefully selected due to their unrivalled instructional levels and exceptional experience to provide a quality service and product, ISTQ instructors are carefully vetted to ensure that they have the necessary experience, knowledge and appropriate operational skills to be able to deliver the high standards that are required to provide the client with a high end learning and service product.

The blending of these Personnel has proven to be a powerful vehicle in the creation and enhancement of relevant, progressive, and challenging teaching. We pride ourselves on the product knowledge and the delivery we provide addressing the realities of today's society, terror threats and the instructional requirements needed for the end user to gain subject knowledge and ensure that they are fit for purpose for the Security Industry.

International Security Training Qualifications are a specialist training provider experienced in the wider training arena delivering International programmes to internationally recognised Private, Government, and Corporate organisations.
ISTQ training has been designed to enable our clients to operate to the highest standard consistent with international law and using proportional and effective force with the appropriate rules of engagement in there chosen country.

We provide specialised training qualifications and support services to both the private and corporate clients throughout the Middle East, Africa, Malaysia, and Europe, we are seen as recognised leaders in the International Security Training Industry and provide high-quality products to those that use us. ISTQ provide a bespoke qualification service to our clients from Security Executive Close Protection training to Gunsmiths Apprentices that are now delivered on a global basis.


Our Mission Statement

At ISTQ it is our mission to become the leading provider of International security training, ensuring that we are the best in our industry, to which other providers strive to emulate.
This will be established based on mutual respect, honesty and diligence in developing key working relationships with both our clients and staff. 
We will ensure an innovative, bespoke and personable approach to our partners and clients requirements. We will continue to challenge all our business processes to achieve and exceed our customers’ expectations and key performance indicators in training, operational and commercial sectors. 

We shall continue to surpass our aims through delivering high quality training solutions to the continual delight of our partners and clients alike. 


Our Vision Statement

Means delivering to clients not just what they wanted but also what they didn't know they wanted or needed or couldn't have believed was possible.
This means proactively using up to date information and analysis to influence training outcomes, and demonstrably achieving an International benchmark of excellence in all our training programmes that we provide.
ISTQ aims to be a centre of excellence within the International Setting and Security sectors as a whole. That means expertise:

  1. Developed products that clients want
  2. Intellect, skills and knowledge that customers are fighting to use.
  3. To provide fit for purpose training programmes on an International Basis.
    We aim to position ISTQ as the lead training provider of choice on an International basis, our core competence is in quantitative training programmes to the Governments, Corporate and Private sectors, but if we are to use that capability to best effect and maximum impact we also need to be actively engaged in international benchmarking the training programmes that we provide.

Neil Reader. 





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Our Senior Managment Team.


Neil Reader Chief Executive Officer. ISTQ


 Neil is one of two Senior Managers and co-founders of ISTQ  he is an acclaimed security related training and protection consultant, Neil has delivered training programmes and has lectured too many government bodies, law enforcement agencies and the corporate sector on many diverse security issues.
Neil served with the British Army for 14 years with worldwide operational experience.
Since leaving the military he has spent 16 years serving with the Home Office at one of the highest levels as a National Certificated Instructor and training tutor, training the Police, Prison, Immigration, and Customs & Excise along with Foreign Government bodies in all aspects of law enforcement. Both services achieved excellent exemplary discharge records. Neil has been responsible as a serious incident commander and advisor for the Home Office for live incidents on a National basis.

He has served as a lecturer on Security within the Education sector and lectured in FE and been Guest speaker at many Universities, Neil was a Senior Security Manager and Senior Security Advisor at the 2012 Olympic Games, Prior to the 2012 Olympic Games Neil wrote the training programme for the International Olympic Delivery Authority which was implemented in the lead up to the 2012 games time to all Senior managers and staff.
Neil has been involved with writing International training packages for a variety of Government & Private organisations worldwide.

He was likewise involved as part of the writing team that co-wrote many of the training programmes that are widley used today by the Security Industry including International Close Protection and the newly International endangered species Anti-Poaching qualification and the newly acclaimed and ground-breaking International Gunsmiths Qualification.

Over these years, Neil has been presented several Awards for Courageous Bravery and Saving Life.

Neil recently undertook major life changing surgery and fought of a life-threatening illness with the support of his Wife, family and close friends, although the battle against Big C continues.

Neil once again relishes new challenges within the Security Industry and providing a service that is seen as Outstanding.


Lee Sherratt Exceutive Director. ISTQ.

Lee is one of two senior managers and co-founders of ISTQ International and possesses a wealth of operational field experience in Close Protection for VIP's, Celebrities, Executives, High Net-worth Individuals and Politicians on both a National and International basis.

Lee has worked with a hugely diverse client base and has protected individuals, families and their Assets. Lee has lead Protective operations on an international basis and is a lead Close Protection Instructor for ISTQ providing and imparting this knowledge to delegates worldwide.

Lee has managed security teams at both National and International televised sporting and concert events including; Michael Jackson, Metallica, Deff Leppard, Prince and Bryan Adams to name but a few. Lee has recently provided a Protection team for the film industry and on site protection for lead actors.

He was one of the principal Counter Terrorist trainers for the Olympic Delivery Authority in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, where our teams were directly engaged to provide a Close Protection Team to protect the ODA facility at Greenway adjacent to the Olympic Park.

Amongst Lee's previous experiences, he has been Operations Director for a hugely successful National events and Leisure Company, where he helped develop this into becoming a first class operation and market leader.

Lee manages the day to day running of Scorpion International and has extensive knowledge of Commercial Business and the Security Industry which puts Scorpion International to position themselves amongst the top of the Industry providers.


Lt Col JM ISTQ International

Security Advisor and Associate Director

ISTQ CBRN UK & International Consultant

Retiring as a Senior Royal Air Force Regiment officer, James, has a strong background in Leadership, Training, Critical and Strategic Asset Protection, Operational Planning, Command and Control, Force Protection, Pre-deployment Training, Risk Analysis and Counter Specialist Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) mitigation and planning.

James’ final appointment, in the Royal Air Force, was as the Chief of Staff of the Defence CBRN Wing and Deputy Component Commander of the Combined Joint Multi National CBRN Task Force (CJ-MN-CBRN-TF) for NATO Reaction Force 13. Throughout his career, James, has served in many locations across the globe supporting and defending strategic air and ground assets mitigating against tactical incursions that could have far reaching strategic and political impact. He has also supported the UK Government’s initiatives support to partner nations delivering operational planning, counter-terror, counter MANPAD advice, command and control procedures advice and training to numerous civilian airports, ports and other critical assets.

James is a Principal Consultant coordinating a multi-disciplinary Land, Aviation, CBRN and High Risk consultancy.  He maintains his operational military knowledge and experience serving as a Major within the UK’s Army Reserve with 6 Regiment Army Air Corps.

"Our CBRN Specialists have combined the experience, capabilities and skills of the former Commander and Deputy Commander of the Combined Joint Multi National CBRN Task Force (CJ-MN-CBRN-TF) for NATO Reaction Force 13 and the UK's Defence CBRN Wing. In addition to consolidating the expertise of key operational and training staffs from UK and NATO Tier 1 CBRN Communities. Their combined experience, capabilities and skills provide an agile and highly capable consultancy base delivering strategic advice, planning, leadership and capability development alongside tactical and specialist training, courses and mentoring throughout the CBRN spectrum”.

JM can be contacted via Email: jm@istq.co.uk



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