Garry Vardon-Smith has been a WorldAware employee for nearly ten years, serving in various crisis management roles. In his new role as Special Risks Practice Lead, Garry will lead and manage WorldAware’s global Kidnap for Ransom and Extortion teams. Garry is a former senior British police officer and graduate of the FBI National Academy. Based in the USA, Garry brings over 20 years of extensive crisis management experience, including leading on national critical incident issues for the UK.  Garry has previously served as the lead advisor for crisis management to the British Embassy in Baghdad and was a member of the U.S. State Department’s Office for Hostage Affairs. His extensive experience in managing kidnap response includes providing crisis management, special risk training and intelligence management leadership for NGOs in Iraq, as well as in other Middle East and South Asian countries. His commercial experience includes over 11 years helping major international insurance carriers and their clients manage duty of care issues for their traveling employees, new business ventures and travel risk responses globally.

Garry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in adult education and a Master of Science degree in business continuity and security management, he is a member of the Business Continuity Institute, ASIS and is a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.