Owner, Founder & CEO
BA (Hons), PGCE, PCC, MSc (MAPP), FcollT.
Areas of Responsibility:
– Police Training (National & International)
– Military Training (National & International) Including:
ROYAL MARINES, ROYAL AIR FORCE, ROYAL NAVY, NATO, US SPECIAL FORCES, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
– Intelligence Services Training (Private & State)
– Academic Leadership
– Prisons & Youth Offender Institute Training
– Research: Qualitative, Quantitative, longitudinal & organisational.
– Commander – Inner Armour Task Force
– Company Leadership
Al created the coaching methodology now used by Inner Armour and meticulously tested it over the past ten years with various professors and universities from Newcastle -Australia to East London – UK. Al is a pioneer in using post traumatic growth and Positive Psychology in challenging environments. As a society we put Psychology into policing and the military after the damage has been done to them.. Psychology is too often a word filled with negativity and threat..why not use it before?..Could we train personnel on the ground to use Psychology at a basic level to support each other? Could it save peoples lives? Could they save each others lives? Could they stop a minor problem years before it turns serious? Yes.
Al holds three degrees from UK Universities and is most recently a MAPP (Masters in Applied Positive Psychology) graduate of the University of East London. He is dedicated to enabling the use of Psychology for good in a preventative and proactive fashion for all in front-line services. Al also accompanies regular police shifts not only at home with the London MET & Essex Police Force but internationally and most recently in the USA. Shot at in the USA during work for Inner Armour, Al is not afraid of getting involved.
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 aged 22 as a newly qualified teacher in Nechells (Birmingham UK), Al has no issue jumping into danger to help someone.
Al also has two years experience in Universities lecturing at postgraduate level in the UK and one year internationally. He is also an ICF (International Coaching Federation) professionally certified coach. Al has fought for what he believes in, is full on, genuine & passionate. His down to earth, kind and positive approach is infectious. It has been his total passion to stop Police and Military taking their own lives by any and all means whatever the cost.
“Al McGregor is an anomaly, but a great one. He knows when we don’t tick and he knows how to calibrate us as individuals back into us making sure our mechanisms function and that we do identify the things we have experienced and help us back to making sure we are an effective working mechanism again.”
Brett Lovegrove, MA FRSA FSyl FICPEM. Head Of Counter Terrorism (during 7/7 bombings, Rtd)/CITY OF LONDON POLICE & CSARN – UK
“I found that I related to you very well, you came across as having that natural empathy and understanding of the military. You certainly understand well the military community and the talk and the walk. I was surprised you hadn’t had any military service yourself. I found it amazing.
Colonel John White (Rtd) Infantry/BRITISH ARMY – UK
“Today has been brilliant, This is the first time I’ve ever seen 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.”
Cpt Richard Nutt 1AGRM 539 ASSAULT SQUADRON/ROYAL MARINES – UK
“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?”
Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy/ MET POLICE – UK
“I think, before the war in Iraq, If I’d had the tools from the Inner Armour program in 2003, I would have been more prepared, more resilient and better able to cope with the future.”
Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) MBE, Chris Parker, BRITISH ARMY – UK (Led the British invasion into southern Iraq)
“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 the Inner Armour methodology. 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.”
Sergeant Daryl Jones/12GD/ MET POLICE – UK
“Powerful is an understatement. I just want to say thank you as a veteran for caring about our mental health, the feeling of no one cares about us has been completely taken away after this weekend and we have you, Al, to thank for that.”
Cpl Jody Samways (RTD) Infantry/BRITISH ARMY
Dr Steve Watts
Head of Operations
Chair of Academic & Executive Boards
D.Crim.J., MSc.,D.Ap.Crim. (Cantab), DPM, FCMI,
Areas of Responsibility:
– Leadership of all Inner Armour operations foreign and domestic
– Police Lead
– Advising National & International Police, Military & Intelligence training & content.
– Executive leadership of Inner Armour
Steve advises us on all policing & military affairs including training, press, systematic implementation 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.
North America Lead & Trainer
Areas of Responsibility:
United States of America Logistics, training delivery & Research
Professional Vulnerability Speaker
Richard Newton manages the sponsorship of Inner Armour for North America. He has 22 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.
He 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 senior TRAINING TEAM
ANTHONY TENISON – HEAD OF TRAINING
Ant has thirty years service as a Police Officer, with over 25 as a Detective. Working mainly in Major Crime
and CT both nationally and internationally in America, Canada and Europe with various organisations including the PSNI, LAPD, the FBI and German Federal Police. Ant has worked closely with various elements of the British military including the army, air force and royal marines. He moved into a training role where he leads on interviewing and intelligence. He still deploys to live jobs and advises officers of all ranks on serious and complex investigations. He moved into a training role late in his service to support colleagues doing testing roles.
Ant oversees all training with the team and coordinates the international response to Inner Armour’s need.
A fantastic teacher/trainer Ant can hold the room as well as supporting the continuing professional development of the team to ensure academic, practical and operational skill level is maintained at a high level. Ant has been with his wife for over 25 years and he has a teenage daughter and a disobedient dog.
We are proud to have Ant in our family and often look to him in times of difficulty.
“I became part of Inner Armour because I know my colleagues are doing a good job under difficult circumstances and wanted to support them. I am a huge believer in peer support and although we joined to help others we need to help each other in order to do that.”
Kelly Whiting – INNER ARMOUR senior TRAINER & ASSOCIATE
Kelly is most recently a superintendent and district commander with Hampshire constabulary in the UK. Her abilitiy to lead, train and get the best out of people is seriously impressive.
She is operational within Inner Armour as she prepares to teach on the frontline to police and military all over the world as well as providing support for the rest of the team and being a highly valued member of the Inner Armour family.
“I am excited to be involved with Inner Armour as it offers a fresh and unique perspective. It does not rely on a top down approach and it does not require a person to be referred. It engenders a culture of positive psychology where officers learn how to recognise and protect themselves before they face trauma and if they do not recognise the start of trauma in themselves, it teaches peer support to empower the person affected to adopt a more positive approach. With one suicide in policing every month in the UK, I believe this approach could literally be lifesaving.”
“I joined policing 30 years ago, there was always time to have a cuppa with a vulnerable victim. Difficult duties were punctuated with escorting wide loads, schools crossing patrol or transporting prisoners to court and each police station had a bar for the team to bond and unwind at the end of a heavy day. Now with increased demand, there is never enough time for victims, every call for service involves a level of trauma, most vehicles are single crewed and the hours are often long. Raised adrenaline and cortisol means that officers find it hard to sleep and I want to help.”
JODY SAMWAYS – INNER ARMOUR senior TRAINER & ASSOCIATE
Jody was spotted by a professor visiting our training and was marked as an exceptional trainer from day one. A sea of calm in chaotic situations, Jody’s core Psychological strengths make his teaching addictive and people naturally gravitate towards him. A true professional. Studying his undergraduate in Psychology, we are proud to include him in our family.
Jody joined the Army at 16 and after 9 proud years, achieving the rank of Corporal at 21, he completed my Military career instructing Infantry recruits in their phase 1 and 2 training. After deploying on operations in Afghanistan in 2012, he was diagnosed with PTSD, which he dealt with for several years while serving and as a civilian post discharge.
“I understand from personal experience the butterfly effect of poor mental health on an individual’s life can be detrimental. Each person is unique in the way in which we deal with every day mental health, some turn to things such as music or fitness. Meditation was introduced to me and it was in this space I found peace amongst the chaos, later finding myself in yoga classes which was as much of a surprise to me as it was to family and friends. It was being in a vulnerable and open mindset that allowed my healing process to be in my eyes a continued success. Mental health has forever been pushed to one side amongst Military and Police personnel, some of the best minds in the world are put into training our elite and I believe the same effort should be reciprocated into their mental health. I believe it is time for change.”
“Since being introduced to Al and the power of the inner armour model, I have felt we are at a turning point for mental health amongst our frontline heroes. Together, I believe we can minimise the butterfly effect of ill mental health, allowing us to be the best version of ourselves as is consistently required in a frontline role.”
VERITY LAMB- INNER ARMOUR senior TRAINER & ASSOCIATE
Verity impressed us hugely during her tactical interview manager course and we enquired further. Verity has an energy and focus that is exceptional. Learning with her is exciting and engaging.
Verity has always been an advocate of well-being and good mental health. In 2016 she decided to jump into the world of Hypnotherapy and trained at the Clifton Hypnotherapy School in Bristol and became a qualified Hypnotherapist in 2017. Verity practised Hypnotherapy alongside her day job of Policing for a year until she took a career break and moved to Canada where she set up her own Hypnotherapy, coaching and wellness business.
Verity is now back in the UK and is back to Policing. Since being back she has qualified as a Tactical Interview Manager.
“I am really very excited to be a part of the Inner Armour team and looking forward to rolling out the training to help others. When not with Inner Armour, I love walking and reading. In 2015 I became an Ironman, I also swam from Asia to Europe in 2016 by swimming the Bosporus in Turkey.”
LIAM WAKEFIELD- INNER ARMOUR senior TRAINER & ASSOCIATE
Liam came to our attention through his colleague Jody and has a true passion for helping people and overcoming adversity. Liam spent over a decade serving in the British Army, deploying on many operations around the world in various roles, to places such as Afghanistan, Libya, and aboard ship tackling the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. He then went on to become an instructor, helping teach the fundamental principles and values of soldiering, and help forward the knowledge and progression of younger soldiers with the expertise he had gained through the myriad of advanced qualifications and career experience attained.
After suffering two major injuries whilst attempting to join Special Forces, Liam discovered that an underlining condition would soon become a life changing illness, and this would then end his military career.
Liam joined the Personal Recovery Unit in 2019, where he furthered his experience in helping others rebuild their lives. He finally medically retired in December 2020.
He is a qualified TRiM practitioner, REBT therapist, accredited life coach, and a Mental health First Aider. Since medically retiring, Liam founded Realign & Reengage, a personal project he has created as an independent mindset coach, helping people transition from the trauma that has held them back from advancing on their goals.
Liam is currently studying a degree in Psychology and counselling funded by the MOD and Liam also runs his own website here to help military personnel who are leaving the service:www.realignandreengage.com
“X”- INNER ARMOUR senior TRAINER & ASSOCIATE
X is a wonderful human being who we cant reveal their identity due to their involvement in covert policing at a very high level. However are thrilled to be including them in the Inner Armour team. Rated as one of the best trainers in the world and bringing tonnes of compassion and unique people skills to Inner Armour training. We are really proud to have them as part of the Inner Armour Family. We look forward to releasing more details in due course.
Mark Bowl – INNER ARMOUR SENIOR TRAINER & ASSOCIATE
Mark has been a Royal Marine for 14 years and is currently based at Her Majesty’s Naval Base – Devonport.
Mark has an undergraduate degree and is due to start his MSc in Psychology soon. 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 not only be be working with us across our research and work with the Royal Marines, Army, Navy & Royal Air Force but also doing some teaching and training.
Inner Armour Doctorate Students
Tamara is a third-year student on the Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology (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.
President & CEO, MineTech Inc.
Kenn works closely with us on our digital applications and data mining. Kenn founded MineTech, a global data and text mining firm in 1999 to help clients analyze and utilize their rapidly expanding data assets. MineTech’s data mining solutions include an A.I. driven genetic programming platform which builds models at a rate of 1000/per second to find new, predictive data relationships. This process is particularly effective for blending and testing new data variables as they become available for mental health and pandemic applications. MineTech statisticians are currently modeling the impact of “on-duty” and “off-duty” variables to create mental “fitness” scores for first responders.
The company’s text mining solution processes unstructured text from any source including audio/video and quickly converts it into structured numeric output for data mining and modeling. Clients include Pfizer, NYU, CARE International, the Center for Disease Control, the U.S. Navy, NHS, Financial Times and AARP.
He also served for 10 years as a volunteer firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in New York.
Prior to founding MineTech, Kenn was the Executive Vice President of Spectra Marketing, a consumer focused marketing analytics firm which was purchased by Nielsen Marketing. Before Spectra, Kenn held several television sales positions at the local and national levels in Iowa, Michigan, Connecticut and New York.
Kenn has a B.S. in Communications from St. John’s University where he has also held adjunct teaching and advisory board positions.
Visit MineTech’s website here:
RECOMMENDED people and organisations
Alice Hendy tragically lost her brother, Josh, on the 25th November 2020 from suicide. Josh was her only sibling, and sadly passed away too soon at just 21 years of age. After examining Josh’s phone and laptop following his death, Alice found that Josh had been researching techniques to take his own life via internet searches, suicide forums and video tutorials.
The content available online following a harmful online search is far too readily available and fails to provide enough of an intervention between a user searching for harmful content and the subsequent display of the search results. To ensure more help and support is given to individuals in mental health crisis and searching for harmful content online, Alice set up R;pple Suicide Prevention. R;pple addresses the lack of intervention and instead provides an immediate, vibrant display on a user’s device once they have been flagged as searching for online content relating to self-harm or suicide.
R;pple is an online nudge technique which consists of a powerful message of hope, as well as providing a selection of mental health support resources in a range of different communicative options (call, text, webchat, self-help app, pocket resources).
Through R;pple, an individual feeling despair and researching harmful content will be urged to instead seek mental health support they deserve and need in a way that works best for them.