About Us

Our History

Hawki was set up by Hugh Martin and Nicholas Fairfax in 2011. They recognised the complexity of modern day commercial life and the need for truly bespoke, flexible services that weren't being offered by larger private security companies.

Since then, Hawki have operated in all corners of the globe, working for a variety of clients including the UN, the EU police missions, UK FCO, many corporations and high net worth clients. We have also trained over 7000 delegates.

In 2016, they co-founded Hawki West Africa with Donald Duke in Nigeria, and in 2020 Hawki Africa Ltd with Berik Plokhikh, Simon Shaw and Bob Alzon.

The team has worked together for many years, always acting with integrity, courage, professionalism and absolute reliability. They combine many years of military, intelligence and commercial experience.

Our People

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Hugh Martin


Hugh served for 14 years in the UK military. Since 2005, Hugh has managed and .... more

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Simon Allen


Simon Allen served 35 years in the British Army retiring as a Brigadier at the .... more

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Wayne L

Operations Manager

Wayne is a security and risk manager with twenty-two years in the UK military retiring .... more

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Ashley Scott

Head of Medical Training

Ashley Scott is a qualified medic. He has been Head of Training and Consultancy Services .... more

Our Advisers

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Nicholas Fairfax (Lord Fairfax of Cameron)

Chairman of the Advisory Board

Nick co-founded Hawki with Hugh Martin in April 2011. A qualified barrister he has been worked .... more

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Nicholas Chance


Nicholas joined Hawki Advisory Board in November 2013. Nicholas was commissioned into the Royal Green Jackets .... more

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Major General Robin Searby


Major General Searby was commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1968 to join .... more

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Donald Duke

Hawki West Africa

Donald is a co-founder of Hawki West Africa and serves as Director.  He was former Governor .... more

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Berik Plokhikh


Berik Plokhikh is a partner for business development in private Swiss financial advisory company Seven .... more

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Standards and Accreditations

ISO 9001-2015 accreditation - Quality Management
City & Guilds accreditation
Edexcel training provider for approved courses
RoSPA approved driver training course and centre
First Aid Awards (FAA) approved centre
Career Transition Partnership (CTP) Ministry of Defence (MOD) preferred supplier
ISO 14001-2015 accreditation - Environmental Management
ISO 45001-2018 accreditation - Health and Safety Management