Inner Armour Senior Leadership Team

Al McGregor
Executive Director & Head of National/International operations
BA (Hons), PGCE, PCC, MSc, FcollT.

Areas of Responsibility:
– Police Training (National & International)
– Intelligence Services Training (Private & State)
– Military Training – Marines, Navy, Army & RAF.

– Prisons & Youth Offender Institute Training
– International Inner Armour Operations
– National Inner Armour Operations

We put Psychology into policing after the damage has been done.. IMG_2516-2941777314-1569084712481.jpgwhy not before?
Al is committed to making that happen.

Al holds three degrees from UK Universities and is dedicated to enabling the use of Psychology for good for all in front-line services. Al completes monthly shifts with the London MET Police Force and Essex Police Force in an active researcher role. Embarking on his Ph.D Psychology research into the use of post traumatic growth & psychological strengths in the UK Police.


Al has 12 years teaching experience in 4 state secondary schools in areas of high deprivation & high crime in the UK. First on the scene at a stabbing of a 15 year old on his second day as an newly Qualified Teacher in Nechells (Birmingham), Al has no issue jumping into danger to help someone.


Al also has two years experience in Universities lecturing at IMG_7230.JPGpostgraduate level in the UK and one year internationally.  He is also an ICF (International Coaching Federation) professionally certified coach.  He is down to earth, kind, private and centred. It has been his total passion to take positive psychology and post traumatic growth to those on the front-line for over ten years.



“Today has been brilliant, This is the first time I’ve ever Image result for royal marines logoseen anything like this, clearly a preventative approach. A real breath of fresh air. Fantastic. Al knows exactly what he is talking about and walks the talk.”


“I have heard Al from Inner Armour talk on two separate occasions and each time it strikes a chord with me. As a Police Officer of more than 20 years the concept learning to use psychology to develop a much needed resilience in ourselves and in support of colleagues is one of the most important opportunities for cultural change I have seen. I have lost officers in my command to suicide and serious illness on too many occasions, the concept of Inner Armour at its purest is saving lives and looking out for each other. That’s the reason we joined the job isn’t it?”Image result for met police logo


Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy/ MET POLICE – UK

“I’ve never met someone with so much passion for Psychology before. Al has got the balance right between coming out with us on shift regularly and getting stuck in, going out with Essex, listening to officers, seeing what we deal with & teaching us how to apply quarantine.

I watched this past year as Inner Armour tested, taught & strategically implemented Quarantine. For Al to be working nationally, liaising with Chief Superintendents, Assistant Commissioners, The Police Federation & different forces has impressed me.

This method reduces stress, anxiety & depression & is one of the most important developments in policing I’ve experienced. The resilience I’ve seen develop in my officers since doing this training is incredible. We will look back in years to come and be shocked we didn’t utilise this sooner.” Image result for met police logo

Sergeant Daryl Jones/12GD/ MET POLICE – UK

James Pope 
Director of Strategy & Education
BSc (Hons), PGCE, NPQH.

Areas of responsibility –
– Education Training, (Primary, Secondary, FE)
– Education Training (State & Independent)
– University Education Training
– Higher Education Training.

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James leads the strategic arm of Inner Armour and is an experienced educational leader having worked in educational leadership for over a decade. 

Most recently James was Headteacher and executive Headteacher within the Southwest, working in schools facing significant challenges educationally and financially. 

His School featured in BBC 2 documentary ‘School’.  James was described as having acted POPE 2 RS_0.jpgwith principles and dignity in exceptionally challenging circumstances. We would also describe him as a hero. To stand up on national television and allow the country to see the true nature of funding cuts, OFSTED inspections and the brutality of the education system first hand blew us away. We called him immediately. 

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James also runs his own company; InspirEDucate. 

James in the Press: 

– Headteachers Round Table:

– The Times Educational Supplement:

– The Times Educational Supplement:

– The Guardian:


Dr Vikki Barnes
Head of Psychology
BSc, MSc, DClinPsy, HCPC Registered

Areas of Responsibility:
– Health Training Lead
– Corporate Training
– Education Training
– Police Training
– Internal Inner Armour Clinical Employee Psychological & Coaching Supervision.

Dr Vikki Barnes oversees all things Psychology within Inner Armour – which is alot. She advises on academic quality in the Inner Armour content, writes, publishes, Vikki Barnes.jpgfacilitates and provides clinical internal psychological support for all Inner Armour as we work on the front line. Vikki’s work with Virgin Care as a national lead in Positive Psychology speaks for itself.

Vikki Qualified as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Exeter, has an MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She also has numerous academic Positive Psychology accreditation’s.Vikki Dancing Vikki has worked in various clinical, operational and strategic roles. She has also worked for over 10 years with the NHS and the Virgin Group, founding and leading organisation-wide mental health and wellbeing programmes. She now works as a freelance consultant for individuals and organisations who want to look after themselves and the mental wellbeing of their people.
Vikki enjoys working overseas where she can embed her passions more globally, recently spending time in the British Virgin Islands, offering emotional support for hurricane survivors with individual therapy sessions and group happiness workshops. She is constantly inspired by the many ways in which Positive Psychology helps improve health and wellbeing.


Vikki in the Press: 

Aaron Eckhoff
Director of Research & Head of Future
BSc (Hons), PGCE.

Areas of Responsibility:
– Research Qualitative, Quantitative, longitudinal & organisational.
– Minetech Research Lead
– Quantum Computing, Machine Learning & AI lead
– Military Training Lead
– Health/NHS Training.

Aaron is a progressive educationalist, Mathematician, Physics specialist and Senior Aaron-Eckhoff-e1552659428372-253x300leader in Education. Aaron advises on all data, quantitative research and strategic projects that Inner Armour is involved in.

Hailing from the USA and a Senior School leader with a passion for teaching and learning in all forms. Aaron’s professional edge, clarity and challenging nature ensures all Inner Armour Data is sound and robust.

Aaron 2.jpgAaron has taught maths to many 6th form students over the years who have gone on to study at Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge & many other Universities internationally. His experience in physics and mathematics cuts through the noise and we trust him totally with all our data.


Marcus Van Hagen
Business Development Director

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– Business Development across Military, Policing, Intelligence, Education, Health & Corporate
– New Markets
– Sales
– Tenders and Contracts 

Marcus is Vice Chair of the Acquired Brain Injury Forum for London and has for the last 12 years been a serving member of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Marcus is focused on business development and is delighted to assist with building key business relationships with all customers. With a background in mental health provision across both adult , child and adolescence (CAMHs),  Marcus has been instrumental in finding new and innovative ways to help individuals and organisations deliver good and effective mental health.
Marcus enjoys public speaking on the subject of good mental health and enjoys the challenge of negotiating good business solutions that help both us, the customer and users of Inner Armour.

Dr Steve Watts
Senior Advisor
D.Crim.J., MSc, Dip.Crim (Cantab)

Areas of Responsibility:
– Advising National & International Police, Military & Intelligence training & content.

Steve advises us on all policing & military affairs including training, press, systematic Steve-Watts-800x533-800x533implementation and the oversees Inner Armour’s impact in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the UAE

Now based in Sydney Australia Steve has a total of over 40 years operational and strategic policing and emergency response experience, in particular he served in UK Policing at all levels to Chief Officer for 32 years.

He hold a Masters Degree in Investigative Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma in Criminology and a Doctorate in Criminal Justice.

Do find examples of his professional credentials and roles are as below:



  • 32 years operational and strategic police service, with extensive experience at all levels, including Head of Criminal Investigation and Assistant Chief Constable (Specialist Operations).
  • Commander of the UK War Crimes Investigation team in Kosovo in 2000. 
  • Vice Chair of UK Homicide & Major Crime Investigation Steering Group
  • South East England Regional Lead for Counter Terrorism.
  • National Lead for Investigative Interviewing.
  • National Lead for Maritime Policing & Operations. 
  • Chief Strategic Policing Advisor to Abu Dhabi Police in the UAE
  • EU Special Counsellor and as such was engaged in reviewing and developing the delivery of Strategic Planning and Performance Management regimes to the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia.
  • Global policing, Counter Terrorism, Security and management consultant.

Richard Newton
North America Sponsorship Coordinator 

Areas of Responsibility:
Sponsorship Coordinator for the United States

Richard Newton manages the sponsorship of Inner Armour for North America. He has 22Richard years of law enforcement experience with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the Gaston County Police Department.  He is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Public Administration with a Criminal Justice Option. He is also a graduate of the Force Science Certification Course and attended the National Academy at the FBI Headquarters in Quantico, VA.  While working at the Sheriff’s Office, he was the Lieutenant in charge of all in-service, recruitment and field training for both law enforcement and detention.

561He has written for the North Carolina Justice Academy and held instructor ratings in firearms, driving, physical fitness, subject control and arrest techniques as well as active shooter and hazardous materials.  Richard also was a TASER, Oleoresin Capsicum, Speciality Impact Munition, Force on Force, Chemical Munitions, Distraction Devices, Patrol Rifle, PPCT Defensive Tactics and an Advanced Ground Fighting instructor.  He is a Glock and Mossberg Armorer.  Currently, Richard is working for Manna Church, where he continues his passion for law enforcement officers dealing with issues of PTSD.

Inner Armour Therapeutic Team


We are extremely proud to appoint the following professionals to our team offering safe, specialist therapeutic work to our clients across all sectors, please get in touch to book.


Rebekah Golds-Jones
MBACP, MNCS(accred)

Rebekah is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, in addition to being an EMDR Practitioner and qualified Mindfulness Meditation Instructor. Her training, Rebekahqualifications and experience are as follows:

  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET) (RQF) – Big Teach
  • MSc Psychotherapy – University of Brighton (dissertation year)
  • EMDR Training Levels 1, 2 and 3 – EMDR Centre, London
  • Diploma in Supervision Studies – OCN
  • PGCert Systemic Approaches with Individuals, Couples, Families – Tavistock Clinic, London
  • PGDip Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling – University of Brighton
  • Advanced Mindfulness, Meditation and Relaxation Instructor (PGDip) – SMART Foundations
  • Degree modules in: Child Development and Psychological methods and research
  • Level 3 CPCAB Counselling Skills Award
  • Level 2 Counselling Award, in conjunction with Cruse Bereavement Care

Registered as Police Care Champion, UK
Registered with UPCA, part of UKCP
Registered with BACP, working towards accreditation

Registered and accredited with NCS, working towards senior professional accreditation

The National Counselling Service: Member Status Accredited Registrant    Member No NCS17-05306

Rebekah has over 26 years of professional experience in working with people experiencing mental health difficulties within the NHS, supporting  people from a wide variety of contexts and with a mix of different issues. Since retraining as a therapist, Rebekah has particularly specialised in working with emergency personnel, as well as those who have experienced a range of life traumas and mental health challenges. Rebekah offers EMDR therapy, which can be used to reprocess trauma, phobic reaction and a variety of mental health issues with very good effect.

Rebekah has experience of working with students to university level and offers reduced fee sessions for trainee counsellors. Rebekah teaches on a Level 2 Counselling Skills course for an organisation in West Sussex, and additionally offers training around well-being and mental health for a variety of organisations and businesses throughout the UK

Inner Armour Associates

The following people are our associates. They are unpaid and take part in our research projects, co-facilitation & international police & military projects.

Felicity King

Felicity is a mindset coach specialising in resilience and well being. She uses a range of Felicity.JPGtechniques to create long term, sustainable frameworks for people to overcome fear and avoid anxiety in the workplace and in everyday situations. Felicity is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, with over 20 years’ experience in teaching, coaching and training. She has restructured institutions and businesses from the inside out, identifying and implementing practical ways to support emotionally and mentally depleted staff before they burn out.

Felicity is mum to 2 small boys and knows from personal experience how PTSD can rock your world. Her work is about the simple science we have never been taught. Giving us all the power to re-claim our brain as the servant it’s supposed to be.

More on Felicity on her website including multiple podcasts.

CPL Mark Bowl

Mark has been a Royal Marine for 14 years and is currently based at Her Majesty’s Naval IMG_6857.JPGBase – Devonport.

Mark is completing his undergraduate degree and is due to start his MSc in Psychology next year. Passionate about mental health in the armed forces, Mark is dignified, compassionate, thoughtful, strategic and a great teacher.

Having seen active duty and been deployed to some of the darkest situations on the globe Mark remains an optimist, loyal and is known to his colleagues as “SOUP”.

Mark will be working with us across our research and work with the Royal Marines, Army, Navy & Royal Air Force. 


Alex Atherton

Alex Atherton is an experienced secondary headteacher and senior leader; including Alexthree headships in large and diverse inner London schools over a twelve year period including a short stint in alternative provision. He achieved his first headship after only ten years in the profession. 

Born in Yorkshire his career started in Manchester before moving to the capital. He has three degrees and has an academic background in social science. He is committed to making a difference in whatever field he finds himself and passionate about all he does. 

He is now working across a range of primary and secondary schools and is the Education Advisor to the Parliamentary Commission into serious youth violence.

Inner Armour Doctorate Students



Tamara Brabazon-Taylor


Tamara is a third-year student on the Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology Tamara.jpeg(DForenPsy) at University of Nottingham.  Her doctoral research studies the impact of exposure to violence on how Police Officers perceive their role and their psychological wellbeing, and the occurrence of post-traumatic symptoms amongst officers in a British Police Force.

Having previously served as a Police Officer for 14 years, her interest in psychology arose following being diagnosed with work-related PTSD in 2016 and realising how misunderstood trauma is within the Police.  Her ambition is to use her experience and research to raise awareness of trauma-related conditions and encourage organisational change; ensuring officers are supported and equipped with knowledge and techniques to minimise the development of PTSD and help officers affected by trauma to recover.  

She is proud to say she is a trauma survivor, and to be in a position where I can help others in similar circumstances to hers.  I am passionate about my research, and looking forward to presenting initial results at the Preventative Psychology In Policing Event in December 2019.

More on Tamara’s journey from police sergeant to psychologist.