Inner Armour Senior Leadership Team


Aaron Eckhoff
CEO & Executive Leader
BSc (Hons), PGCE.

Areas of Responsibility:
– Police Training (National & International) 4f299642-97e3-4452-bf65-7c74575a3f82
– Recruitment and Retention
– Intelligence Services Training (Private & State)
– Education Training Lead
– Military Training – Marines, Navy, Army & RAF.
– National Inner Armour Operations
– Research Qualitative, Quantitative, longitudinal & organisational.
– Minetech Research Lead
– Quantum Computing, Machine Learning & AI lead
– Health/NHS Training.

Aaron is the CEO of Inner Armour.  Tirelessly dedicated to saving lives in challenging environments and areas. Aaron is a proven leader in Education and sport. Having trained Police, Military and intelligence services this past year Aaron has adapted seamlessly and is committed to applying cutting edge research in psychology to where it is needed most. With a background in mathematics and data Aaron gets to the point quickly and often with humour. Aaron-Eckhoff-e1552659428372-253x300Aaron oversees all data, quantitative research and strategic projects that Inner Armour is involved in.

Hailing from the USA, Aaron’s professional edge, clarity and challenging nature ensures all Inner Armour staff are consistently sharp and deployed to in their maximum areas of strength. 

Aaron 2Working closely with Inner Armour’s founder, Aaron is responsible for the tremendous growth seen over the past twelve months as Inner Armour puts psychology into Police, Military, Education and health before the damage has been done with significant success. Aquire. Adapt. Advance. 



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:

Al McGregor
Founder & Head of 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

Al created the coaching methodology Quarantine ® 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.  We put Psychology into policing, education, fire, health and the military 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

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: 

Inner Armour Team

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.

Floyd Woodrow MBE MBC DCM LL.B

Floyd and Inner Armour work closely together delivering each others complimentary Floyd-Woodrowtraining. 

“What makes Floyd stand out isn’t that he was among the youngest ever members of the SAS, that he received the DCM and the MBE for his work in Iraq and Afghanistan, that he led the UK’s Counter Terrorism Unit and has ‘Hostage Negotiator’ on his CV. It isn’t even that his current clients include international sports teams. What makes Floyd stand out is that he has done it all with a clear focus on values, integrity and compassion and this is what comes through loud and clear in his work on leadership with adults and on achievement and motivation with young people.”

One of the youngest soldiers ever to have been selected for the elite SAS, Floyd Woodrow is now a renowned speaker on leadership and performance coaching world-wide. Floyd has an excellent track record of success as a Military Leader, Director, Non-Executive Director, Consultant and Negotiator. 


Compass For Life™ is a leading values-based transformational coaching service. From Floyd Compasselite international athletes to corporate teams and academia, Compass For Life, founded by Floyd Woodrow, will develop you into elite performers and show you how to make a difference in your world. Compass For Life™ is a unique approach that brings together the best aspects of leadership training currently available into a simple, concise, and effective framework. It complements all current leadership methodology by aligning them with each cardinal so that everyone can have a compass for life that works for them as an individual, family, team or organisation.

Floyd regularly lectures on leadership all over the world, recently winning a prestigious Floyd Woodrow Bookaward as a high performing speaker. Floyd wrote his second book Elite “the secret to Elite Leadership and Performance in 2012 which reached the final of the people’s book prize. His third book has just been published and is called The Warrior, The Strategist and You and outlines the “Compass for Life model for leadership and life”. And in his own words, I was given many leadership roles at a young age, but I never really understood what leadership actually was until my mid-thirties. I wish I had been taught some of the things I now know much earlier in my life. There is no doubt in my mind that there is a common thread to the most talented people in the world and I enjoy showing people what that is




Floyd Woodrow:
Compass for Life:
Floyd’s Most Recent Book “The Warrior, The Strategist & You”:

“If you get the opportunity to work with Floyd, I suggest you jump at the opportunity, as it will be YOU that benefits from the relationship”
Chief of Staff and Head of UK Operations at Cortland Partners


“Floyds credentials to speak about elite performance are absolute, though his real gift is his ability to communicate his message through everything he says and does.  England Cricket Coach


Toby Cowern
Head of Risk Management

Areas of Responsibility: Toby 1
– Risk Policy
– Rick Review
– Safeguarding
– Enforcement
– Risk Documentation
– Programme Leader “Refuel” course. 

Toby Cowern is the head of risk management for Inner Armour nationally and internationally. See his interview here:

Toby started a career in Leisure Management. Positive career progress saw him quickly rise to an executive level position in a high risk and challenging Health and Safety Professional role.  Toby joined the Reserve Armed Forces aged 21. Having spent 4 years with the Royal Marines reserve, then 2 years as a Section Corporal with a British Military Training Team, Toby concluded his final 5 years of service with an undisclosed unit

Screenshot 2020-03-15 at 11.04.05 AMCombining extensive military service, an ambitious personal development and liaison programme with like minded international experts, with routine work alongside the indigenous population of the Sápmi (Lapland) region ensures Toby’s office is now almost exclusively outdoors, where he spends his time tracking, hunting and researching, practicing and refining relevant survival techniques, further expanding and consolidating his 20 years of Arctic experience, and 25 years of survival training.

His qualifications include: 

  • Member Army Mountaineering Association
  • Member British Mountaineering Council
  • British Mountaineering Council Single Pitch Award Instructor
  • Mountain Leader
  • British Canoe Union 3 star competency in Open Canoe
  • Snowmobile Guiding License
  • Member Society of Primitive Technology
  • Professional Fire Fighter/Rescue Operative
  • Swedish County Rescue Services ‘First Responder’
  • National Rescue Standards Teacher / Examiner (Covers First Aid / Aquatic rescue and more)
  • Graduate level Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
  • BSC Certificate in Safety Management
  • BSC Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health
  • NEBOSH Level 3 Certificate in Fire safety & risk management
  • NVQ Level 2 in Learning and Development
  • Kamana Naturalist Training Program Level 2 
  • Class1( Large Calibre) Civilian Firearms License
  • Active Member Porjus Hunting and Fishing Club
  • Active Member Porjus Handgun shooting society
  • Numerous accreditations in Self Defense / Unarmed and Armed Combat skills
  • Currently studying for International Committee Red Cross (ICRC) ‘Medic’ Qualification

Toby’s Survival Company – Tread Lightly Survival :
Toby’s Nature Immersion centre –

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.