November 20th 2014 | London



Tony Smith (former Director General, UK Border Force and Managing Director, Fortinus Ltd)

Tony retired as Director General of the UK Border Force in March 2013, after completing over 40 years’ service in the UK Home Office.

Tony was the Senior Responsible Owner and gold commander for the UK Border Agency’s London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Programme. He delivered his mission to contribute to a safe secure and inspirational Olympic Games by facilitating the entry of the vast majority of people and goods coming to the Games, whilst protecting the public from those that may cause harm.

Tony was educated at St Clement Danes Grammar school in West London. He is a qualified legal executive and an accredited Programme Sponsor. He started his career as an immigration caseworker in 1972 and has a long and distinguished career in the UK Immigration Service having served at all grades from immigration officer through to Director General, culminating in his appointment as Director General of UK Border Force in 2012.

Tony has the unique distinction of having served as Head of Borders in 2 different countries – Citizenship and Immigration Canada (2000–2003) and the UK Immigration Service (2005–2007). He played a significant role in the operational response to the terrorist attacks in North America on 9/11 and in the UK on 7/7. Tony also led the development and establishment of local immigration teams across London and the South East, and the delivery of Home Office PSA targets on removals and case conclusions (2007–2009).

Tony (full name Anthony John Smith) was awarded the prestigious title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the UK New Year’s Honours List 2013, for his services to the safety and security of the London 2012 Olympics.

Upon his retirement, Prime Minister David Cameron said “I have no doubt that all you have achieved will serve as a fitting legacy to your long and distinguished career.”

Home Secretary Theresa May said “Your commitment to our border security has been exemplary and your knowledge and experience have not only been invaluable to Border Force but have been recognised around the world.”

Tony is now a Managing Director of Fortinus at providing specific high level strategic advice on border security applications.

Tony remains active on the global border security circuit having chaired and presented at conferences and expert panels on border and aviation security development both in the UK and abroad. He is a regular commentator on border related stories on UK national TV (BBC News and Sky News) and BBC Radio Five Live.


Rt Hon David Hanson MP (Shadow Minister, Home Affairs)

Born in Liverpool, Rt Hon. David Hanson MP went to a local comprehensive school before attending Hull University. After graduating, Mr Hanson took up employment at the Co-operative group as a Manager, before moving to the voluntary sector where he worked as a Director of a charity.

Mr Hanson served as a local Councillor leading an authority, before being elected as Member of Parliament for Delyn in 1992. He is currently Shadow Policing Minister and served as a Shadow Treasury Minister from 2010-11.  

Prior to this he served in the Government in a number of different roles including as Minister of State for Policing, Crime and Security at the Home Office (2009-10); Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice responsible for prisons, probation and youth justice (2007-09); and Minister of State in Northern Ireland - where he was in office during the historic power-sharing agreement in 2007.

He also served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister (2001-05) and held positions as a Minister in the Wales Office and as a Government Whip.

David lives in Delyn with his wife Margaret and has four children.

Ricardo Baretzky (President ECIPS & Co-Directorate of CYBERPOL)

A Belgian national, born in Cape Town (July 27th 1968), Ricardo (Bn.) Baretzky is the current President of ECIPS (European Centre for Information Policy and Security) in the European Union, with its main statute based in the UK. In addition he serves as a Co-Directorate of CYBERPOL, the International Cyber-Security Organization (ICSO).​

His qualifications consist of Business and Legal Studies, Government Economic Policy, Cyber Law whilst he is a certified Counter Terrorism Expert by United Nations Peace Operations Training Institute COTIPSO.

During 2010 to 2013 he served as the Directorate of the South African Counter Intelligence Agency (SACIA) serving along with delegates from NATO, and advisor to the National Parliament of South Africa. In 2014 Ricardo Baretzky served as the Chairman for the first International African Counter Terrorism Summit held in London.

Highly referenced by several Governments as a Global Security Risk Analyst (GSRA) trained in the field of Counter Terrorism and Joint Intelligence Operations Capability (JIOC-I), offers his certifications that includes CIMIC, MCTH, Conflict Analysis, Negotiation and Conflict Management, Cyber Terrorism and IT Network Assurance in public services.

Baretzky served as the VP (Vice President) on Sowoon Technologies S a r l Switzerland from 2003 to 2009, a federal funded, Multi Million Euro R & D program of that include EUCLOCK, FAMOS and FastMe programs.

His Institution and Capacity Building in complex -international multi disciplinary structures and political - cultural work settings offers experience in Europe, Africa and Asia, the Commonwealth of Independent States, particularly (multi disciplinary) institutional, organizational and operational development of Intelligence, Policy  and the Rule of Law services.

As an Independent experienced Consultant - Evaluator/Assessor; ex-post/ex-ante, since 2003, his settings covered governmental, political, and operational sensitive settings (Africa, Pakistan, South East Asia, Korea, China and Russia). 

Dr Hugo Brady (Associate Analyst, European Union Institute for Security Studies)

Hugo Brady joined EUISS in April 2014. His areas of expertise include : EU justice and home affairs policy, including external aspects; internal security and the fight against organised crime; the Schengen area; anti-corruption and the rule of law; the European Parliament and Court of Justice as foreign policy actors.

Previously, he was Brussels representative and a senior research fellow for the Centre for European Reform where he published on topics ranging from JHA policy to EU institutional questions and Britain’s European debate. Prior to 2005, Hugo worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Institute for International and European Affairs in Ireland. He is currently a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and appears regularly as a media commentator on European issues. 


Tom Dowdall (Deputy Head, Border Policing Command, National Crime Agency)

Tom is head of Operations in the Border Police Command leading on criminal investigations at the border, establishing joint intelligence units with border partners and co-ordinating the UK law enforcement response to serious and organised crime at the border. He also led the project team building the Border Police Command (BPC) within the new NCA for “go live” in October 2013. Tom has considerable experience of law enforcement and operations at the border. Most recently he was Border Force Director of Customs and National Operations where he was the national lead for Customs matters, Border Force Intelligence and targeting including the National Border Targeting Centre based in Manchester. He was also responsible for the Watchlisting Information and Coordination Unit (WICU) and led on counter-terrorism and border security issues. Internationally, Tom has been the UK representative on Frontex Management Board, the EU agency responsible for coordinating activity on the external EU border.