Meet the Team

 

PHIL CLEARY FRSA
Chief Executive and Co-founder

Former West Midlands Police officer, Phil co-founded SmartWater® in 1993 with his brother Mike and is responsible for the strategic thrust of SmartWater and the development of new markets and sales initiatives. Phil created the crime reduction methodology known as The SmartWater Strategy™ (US patent pending) which is used by the police community throughout the UK as well as in Europe and the USA.

 

MIKE CLEARY CSci, CChem, FRSC
Director and Co-Founder

Mike Co-founded SmartWater in 1993 with his brother Phil and is the inventor of the technology upon which SmartWater, its products and systems are based. Mike developed the mathematical modelling system enabling the mass production of SmartWater traceable liquids. He also identified many of the key components that are used in SmartWater products and developed the analytical methodology for identifying SmartWater. Mike is also the author of numerous international patents.

 

FLORIAN MATTINSON
Managing Director and Company Solicitor

Before joining SmartWater in 2010, Florian worked as General Counsel for the Müller Dairy Group. Florian is responsible for protecting and licensing the SmartWater Group’s intellectual property rights both in the UK and internationally. Upon qualification as a Solicitor and before moving into industry, Florian worked in the City in the fields of maritime and insurance law.

 

IAN GRAINGER
Finance Director

Ian joined SmartWater in December 2015 after 12 years with Towergate where he was Regional Finance Director responsible for businesses with Gross Written Premium in excess of £100m. Ian has over 25 years’ experience in the Insurance Industry having held a number of senior finance positions with major companies.

 

ALAN GIVEN QPM
Senior Advisor to the Police Service

Alan worked for 32 years in the police service, retiring as a Deputy Assistant Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police. His career included roles as Deputy Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Police, the Deputy Director of the Home Office Police Standards Unit, and Chief Executive of the Crime and Drugs Partnership in Nottingham City. Alan now works with SmartWater as its main advisor to the police service and has direct responsibility for operations in London.

 

GARY HIGGINS
Consultant Director of Security Services

Gary completed 30 years police service with the Metropolitan Police and West Mercia Police. He worked in both Uniform and CID roles in every rank from Constable to Superintendent. Gary has an excellent track record in practical policing, having built a reputation for leading from the front, especially regarding burglary investigation and informant handling. Through his varied career he gained expertise and practical experience in public order command, firearms command, as a Senior Investigating Officer and Territorial Policing Commander. As Consultant Director of Security Services, Gary plays a key role in the operational side of SmartWaters Business Model, including advising on crime reduction, both overt and covert operational deployments, police liaison and analytical services.

 

RICH HARRIS MSc
Director of Technical Services
Educated to post-grad degree level and with a background in manufacturing and stock control, Rich Harris joined SmartWater in 2004 as Production Supervisor. Having steadily risen through the ranks of the company Rich now heads up the Technical Services arm of the company. Rich oversees all departments responsible for the procedural, technical delivery and fulfilment of SmartWater – from R&D and manufacture, through to QC, packaging and dispatch. Rich is also responsible for the IT function of the company and is our IS0:9001 lead auditor.

 

Dr KEVIN SULLIVAN
R&D Consultant

Kevin is an internationally recognised and respected forensic scientist, with over 25 years of experience in the research, development, validation and implementation of a broad range of scientific techniques. Kevin has extensive experience in establishing best practice scientific standards at international level and is responsible for the maintenance, continual improvement in quality standards and accreditation of SmartWater products.

 
 
 

TESTIMONIALS

  • “Our collaboration with SmartWater has enabled us to identify cable theft risks and to respond quickly to emerging trends in order to implement proactive mitigation plans, particularly through tactical deployments. T... Read More »

    Liam Sumpter, Area Director, Network Rail

  • "The after-sale service that SmartWater continues to provide to Thames Water is truly outstanding. As a Security Specialist I have to react very quickly to changing situations and knowing that I can rely on the support... Read More »

    Jon Lorimer, Security Specialist, Thames Water

  • “SmartWater has been central to reducing burglary in the borough of Brent and for building more confidence within our communities. Criminals know about SmartWater and are aware that contact with it will effectively d... Read More »

    Chief Superintendent Matt Gardner, Borough Commander for Brent, Metropolitan Police Service

  • "Theft of metal is a serious crime and has had a devastating effect on a large number of our customers since 2007. From the beginning of the metal theft epidemic, we have been working in close partnership with SmartWat... Read More »

    David Bonehill, Claims and Risk Services Director, Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (EIG)

  • “Police Scotland continues to work alongside our communities and relevant partners to tackle housebreaking and protect people’s homes and belongings from acquisitive criminals. This exciting opportunity with SmartW... Read More »

    Superintendent Matt Richards, Police Scotland

  • "The risk management package that SmartWater has put together for us demonstrates the level of understanding and experience they have of dealing with metal theft. Their team offers a truly holistic crime prevention ser... Read More »

    Bernie Auguste, Head of Security, Openreach (a BT Group Business)

  • “SmartWater has had a big role in cutting down burglaries. Not only does it help make people feel safer, it also gets people thinking about other ways they can protect their homes. It also acts as a powerful deterren... Read More »

    Allan Breeton, Deputy Director, Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership

  • “As a charity War Memorials Trust greatly values its partnership with the SmartWater Foundation. It is wonderful to work with another organisation which recognises the importance of protecting the nation’s war memo... Read More »

    Frances Moreton, Director, War Memorial’s Trust

  • "Since introducing SmartWater spray systems in fixed locations and marking all of our mobile devices we’ve received positive feedback from in-store colleagues. We have confidence in SmartWater’s abilities as a det... Read More »

    Sheila Mitchell, Change Advisor, Waitrose Business Protection

  • "Our partnership with SmartWater has proven itself in the courts many times - contributing invaluable forensic evidence and leading to a significant number of criminal convictions. Throughout our working relationship, ... Read More »

    Tim Horsfall, Risk Technology Development Manager, G4S Cash Services UK

  • “It is fantastic to be working with SmartWater to support the communities around the Mutley and Greenbank area in the reduction and prevention of crime. Other police forces have shown that the use of SmartWater kits ... Read More »

    Detective Constable Jamie Gilbert, Devon and Cornwall Police

  • “SmartWater is an excellent way of tracking stolen property. It is practically impossible to remove and ensures that the item can easily be traced back to the original owner and lead the person found in possession of... Read More »

    Inspector Simon Crick, Hackney Police, Metropolitan Police Service

  • “Using SmartWater is a great way of protecting your property and it is a known deterrent for burglars who know that if they get caught handling items marked with it, they are probably going to go to jail. We’ve pur... Read More »

    Councillor Chris Bond, Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Enfield Council

  • "If criminals know that SmartWater has been used, it makes it much less attractive to them. They know they will be more likely to get caught and it makes it harder for them to sell things they steal.”... Read More »

    Sergeant Fergus Caulfield, Essex Police

  • “All of our equipment has now been forensically marked with SmartWater and signage is on display around the vessels to warn would-be thieves. We are fortunate in that we rarely experience any criminal activity, but w... Read More »

    Rik James, Head of Purchasing, Calecore Ltd

  • “My experience of the SmartWater team has been excellent from start to finish. The fact that their primary focus is being proactive means that you have a real confidence that those reactive instances will be reduced.... Read More »

    John Stevenson, Operations Manager (Residential Accommodation), University of the West of Scotland

  • “Airwave is a company committed to delivering secure and reliable communications to all of Great Britain’s emergency services and public safety agencies. Our Network is a vital tool for the emergency services and m... Read More »

    Stephen Druitt, Operational Security Manager, Airwave Solutions Ltd

  • “We want to get the message across to local people that police forces throughout the UK are now trained to look for SmartWater. Derbyshire Dales residents clearly appreciate that SmartWater can be a very useful tool ... Read More »

    Inspector Bryan Hall, Derbyshire Police

  • "By funding the SmartWater technology and working with the police we have already reduced the number of victims of crime within the local estate." ... Read More »

    Gary Lumb, Community Safety Manager, Wakefield and District Housing

  • “When we started this project with the Huddersfield Crime Prevention Panel and SmartWater, we were confident that it would lead to a reduction in the number of thefts of stone. A 43 per cent reduction in thefts is, h... Read More »

    Mark Wall, Crime reduction officer for Kirklees, West Yorkshire Police

  • "SmartWater has played a crucial role in helping us to develop a layered security strategy. Cable theft can have a massive impact on our business, so the ability to deter thefts was a key factor in our decision to go w... Read More »

    Mark Diffey, Director, MEMS Power Generation

  • “A lot of work has gone into this project and we have definitely seen substantial reductions in the number of reported thefts. Perhaps most telling is that since we started the SmartWater project, my staff and the lo... Read More »

    David Evans, Harbour Master for the River Hamble

  • "Research shows that areas where SmartWater has been introduced have seen dramatic reductions in the number of opportunist thefts and burglaries." ... Read More »

    Inspector Mark Barlow, Newcastle Borough Local Policing Team, Northumbria Police

  • "Burglary can have a huge impact on the lives of victims and SmartWater has proved an innovative way to tackle it.” ... Read More »

    Councillor Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor of Hackney Council, London Borough of Hackney

  • “SmartWater is a great way for people to protect their belongings and helps us to get your stolen items back to you if they are recovered, which can offer a lot of peace of mind. It is also a useful deterrent against... Read More »

    Sergeant Nick Reason, Derbyshire Police

  • “Thieves know that SmartWater is bad news for them and it brings peace of mind for residents.” ... Read More »

    Ann Sutcliffe, Executive Director for Neighbourhoods, Shropshire Housing Group

  • "The SmartWater technology in our trap houses and cars is so effective that in less than 72 hours from the trap house being broken into, (the offender) was arrested, interviewed, placed before the Courts and pleaded gu... Read More »

    Detective Sergeant Madeline Ryder, Brent Police, Metropolitan Police Service

  • "SmartWater is a unique coding system which has been used by police forces for a number of years to tackle both commercial and domestic burglary. It has proved to be a very effective deterrent to offenders where other ... Read More »

    Rachel Carr, Community Safety Officer, Cambridgeshire Police

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