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Experience gained in the UK Military, UK Police Forces, Maritime Security, International Oil & Gas companies.

SVN Consulting was started by Steven Van Niekerk in 2013 but has since grown to include a broad portfolio of associates delivering high-quality consulting services around the globe. SVN Consulting has applied ISO and system process management in some of the most challenging environments on the planet. We have also assisted clients within the UK domestic market achieve international standards.

The people that make it all happen

The team behind SVN Consulting and our success have a proven track record. Our consultants are selected based on client needs and to ensure that they fit with each clients individual organisation and values.

The Senior Leadership Team are experts in their fields and provide continual strategic guidance as the company goes from strength to strength.

Steven Van Niekerk

Steven Van Niekerk

Managing Director

Steven Van Niekerk is an experienced management system expert specialising in security, quality, environment and health & safety. He holds technician level membership with IOSH due to his qualifications, experience and commitment to continued professional development. Steven is studying towards the prestigious NEBOSH Diploma in health and safety and working towards becoming a chartered member of IOSH. Steven holds additional professional memberships including IEMA. As the Managing Director of SVN Consulting, Steven oversees the strategic business direction. He manages his resources ensuring a seamless service is provided to a wide spectrum of clients. Steven does manage key client accounts providing direct support through long established relationships. Steven has had work published in supply chain publications and continues to provide insights on international standards. Steven started his career in the elite British Royal Marines Commandos where he commanded small specialist teams. Following his time with the military he took up an interim post lecturing on diploma level courses for predominantly 16 – 18 year olds. Steven then joined the UK Police Service where his ability was acknowledged leading to him forming part of a special task force. He moved into a role managing a neighbourhood in a diverse town. His senior officers often allocated him to failing areas so that his management approach and policing style could develop the area into a high performing neighbourhood. His senior officers acknowledged his high standards by formally rating him as “highly effective”. Steven migrated into the high-risk security industry working for the market leader. As his experience grew he was identified and head hunted by MSS Global to provide audit and assurance services against UKAS standards. Steven has been called upon by MSS Global on numerous occasions to assist them when they are audited by UKAS. Steven continues to maintain a portfolio of clients for MSS Global. Throughout his career Steven has been interested in training and education providing tailored training solutions.

Gillian Bidwell

Finance and Administration Manager

Gillian’s core role is to manage the finance and administration functions within SVN Consulting. Gillian has a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in accounts and has worked in the outsourcing departments of several Chartered Accountant firms in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire where she worked with a variety of clients.

Gillian has a strong business background having taken two failing businesses and improved profitability increasing their net value.

Russell Clark

Food Safety & Standards Subject Matter Expert and Partner

Russell started his career studying catering at the prestigious Westminster College and following his initial training progressed into a successful catering career. He spent 9 years working in Manhattan and the surrounding areas in country clubs and outdoor events in Central Park, New York.

Russell’s breadth of experience saw him providing chef support at all levels including fine dining. Russell has worked both in house and as an external provider in establishments ranging up to 12000 people.

Most recently his duties have moved into a multi site role taking care of quality and compliance standards for a large gastro pub chain implementing allergen and nutrition controls and training.

Throughout the years his skill set has evolved into the areas of training and development of people and standards in all aspects of the catering industry.

As part of the SVN Consulting team, Russell is the catering industry and food specialist and is committed to bringing his experiences and expertise to all of our clients. His key role is to ensure all current and future legislation can be confidently identified and trained into your teams.

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