Oliver Westmacott

Oliver Westmacott

President and Chief Operating Officer, Security Services - Middle East and Africa

As President and Chief Operating Officer, Oliver leads the strategy and direction of the business and oversees the day-to-day operations of the division.  With over 15 years’ experience in the private security and risk management industry, Oliver has led huge business growth across the Middle East and Africa (and specialized global consulting and information services), focused on physical security provision. Oliver pioneered a service platform that maximizes the expertise of local personnel, knowledge and cultural awareness upheld to the highest international accredited standards.

Supporting the highly experienced leadership team, spread today across over thirty countries around the world employing over thirty thousand people, Oliver is based between Dubai and London, with much of his time also spent ‘in the operation’ and with clients and partners.

Oliver joined GardaWorld in 2006, through the acquisition of Vance, a prominent US security provider, where he founded the business’s first international operation in Iraq’s Kurdistan region in 2003, and which marked GardaWorld’s expansion outside of continental North America.  Forging durable relationships initially with government, the oil and gas and business community, operations grew to become a leading security provider in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan, and since 2016 across Africa. The combination of strong organic growth, strategic acquisitions, and unwavering dedication to reputation and quality today delivers one of the international security industry’s leading offerings.

Before joining GardaWorld, Oliver spent several years working in venture capital in London, focused on early stage UK investments in a variety of sectors. In 1999, he co-founded an equities trading software company based in Austin, Texas, serving as Chief Operating Officer, developing a web-based trade execution and quote server platform.  

The son of a British diplomat, and born in Iran, Oliver was educated in the UK, and has spent his life living in the US, Europe, Turkey, Iraq, Dubai and the UK. He is a graduate of Warwick University with a degree in Politics and French, and is the Founder of the Emerging Collection, an art investment fund building a collection of works by emerging British artists.  Interests include current affairs, travel, art, ski-touring, alpinism, tennis and adventure races.