Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Asia

John Donlon

John Donlon QPM, FSI
International adviser on security intelligence
United Kingdom


John Donlon joined the police service in 1976 where he served in a wide variety of roles including; operational policing, major crime investigation, training and specialist operations. He was an accredited Gold Commander for Firearms, Public Order and Major Sporting Events. He was also a qualified Senior Investigating Officer.

In July 2005, as a Chief Officer, John was appointed to a National role within the world of Counter Terrorism and National Security, working with the Association of Chief Police Officers, Metropolitan Police (New Scotland Yard) and the UK Government. It was here that he provided the strategic policing lead on all matters within the Protect and Prepare portfolio of the UK Counter Terrorism Strategy, CONTEST.

Within his Protect remit he was accountable for the oversight of Special Branch and protective security policing at ports-encompassing all modes of transport, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) and the police contribution to protecting Crowded Places and the UK Critical National Infrastructure.

For Prepare, he had responsibility for the national police response to effectively manage a range of terrorist attacks, as outlined in the National Risk Assessment, building resilience, the national Counter Terrorism training portfolio and incorporating learning from CT incidents and exercises.

In 2010 he retired from the Police Service and set up his own company providing management and security consultancy services and was retained by UK Policing and Government to continue to develop the activities of the Protect and Prepare portfolios for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

He was the strategic Counter Terrorism lead for a range of disciplines across the preparation and delivery of security for the London 2012 Olympic Games, which included; membership of the National Counter Terrorism Olympic Steering Group and Chairman of the Aviation Modal Group.

John is the Immediate past President (and currently the strategic advisor) of the European Association of Airport and Seaport Police (which includes the European Rail Network), an organisation that promotes co-operation between international partners, delivers exchange opportunities and has an advisory role to European and International policy makers. He is also a Board member of the International Association, the Interport Police.

John has worked closely with all the main government, industry and other stakeholders and was a member of high-level Government sub-committees dealing with Counter Terrorism, protection, resilience and transport security issues, including the CONTEST boards on Protect & Prepare; the National Aviation and Maritime Security Committees; the National Security Intelligence Programme and the Strategic Steering Group for the Centre Protection National Infrastructure.

John holds a Master of Arts degree in Organisational Management from Manchester University; a Diploma in Applied Criminology and Police Management from Cambridge University; he is a Fellow of the Security Institute; a Graduate of the FBI International Counter Terrorism Leadership Programme and a Graduate of the UK Police National strategic Command Course. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2010 for distinguished service and the 9/11 International Police Medal, in 2012, for Services to Counter Terrorism.