Our executive team

Our professional backgrounds reflect the breadth of our collective experience in the security, intelligence and legal industries. Quintel Intelligence Ltd is chaired by Major General (Rtd) John Holmes DSO OBE MC.


John Holmes is a founding Director and Chairman of Quintel Intelligence and is responsible for oversight of operational activities for this business.

John joined 22 SAS Regiment from the Scots Guards in 1974. He subsequently enjoyed a full UK Special Forces career including; serving as the Special Operations Liaison Officer at the British Embassy in Washington DC, running the Special Forces Policy Desk in the UK Ministry of Defence, commanding 22 SAS from 1989 to 92 (a period which included Gulf War 1), commanding the UK Airborne Brigade from 1993 to 1996 and subsequently serving as Director of UK Special Forces, during which time he commanded Operation Barras in Sierra Leone in 2000. He opted for early retirement in 2002 and completed Project Unicorn, a counter-terrorist study for the Metropolitan Police and in 2003 he joined the Board of Erinys International. Subsequent to Gulf War 2 he was instrumental in creating a 15,000 man Oil Protection Force with its own air wing for the Coalition Provisional Authority. He resigned from Erinys in 2008 to concentrate on other projects.

In addition to Quintel Intelligence, John is a Director of Phoenix Africa, whose first project is rice farming in Sierra Leone, and of Managed Oilfield Services, a UK based Oil Services Company. John’s experience and global reputation bring an invaluable dimension to the ability of Quintel Intelligence to access individuals and institutions across the world, as well as providing his considerable expertise to its operations.


Steven leads 9 Bedford Row’s International team (www.9bri.co.uk). He is a leading international criminal lawyer with a global reputation who has been in many of the landmark cases that have established modern international criminal law. Steven was called to the bar of England and Wales in 1977 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1997. He has been in many of the high profile international trials that have shaped international criminal law in the last 20 years: OTP v Dusko Tadic; OTP v Alfred Musema; OTP v Slobodan Milosevic; OTP v Ivan Cermak; OTP v President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. He has also advised Heads of State, governments and significantly important individuals upon strategies to deal with the complex legal, evidential and political challenges that they have faced not only in litigation, but also in their responses to opponents. Steven’s practice has involved him leading teams in large international investigations that have produced significant evidence to change the previously predicted outcome of a case and altered the internationally accepted narrative of affairs.

Steven’s practice has now developed beyond litigation to include the provision of wider services within the scope of international law and politics. He has received commissions to analyse and report upon situations and problems faced by states as well as to advise and implement reforms to their criminal justice systems. Other clients have hired him for human rights cases, to challenge Interpol arrest warrants or sanction listings and to seek compensation for the wrongful seizure of assets. He recently expounded, with David Hammond of 9 Bedford Row International, the universal test for self-defence that could be applied by security firms in the protection of merchant vessels against acts of piracy that has been granted an ISO. He is Co-Chair of the IBA War Crimes Committee, a founder member of the ICLB (www.internationallawbureau.com), a founder member of the European Criminal Bar Association and ranked as a leading practitioner at the UK bar. Steven’s track record of his ability to successfully deal with large international cases and complex political problems brings to Quintel Intelligence a resource of proven quality for the service of our clients as well as the essential experience required to take responsibility for its legal oversight.


Dominick Henry is a founding Director and CFO of Quintel Intelligence and is responsible for financial oversight of this business.

Dominick qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1972 and spent most of the next 17 years working for BP where his last post was CEO of BP Turkey. He then spent two years as Corporate Finance Manager for a major UK conglomerate before helping establish and run a marina in the West Indies. Since his return to the UK, he has operated on a freelance basis providing interim and part-time financial management and investigative services as well as advice on corporate finance and commercial strategy. Assignments have included; acting as part-time CFO of HealthSystems a management consultancy specialising in IT in the healthcare sector, conducting investigative accounting into the affairs of a large Ghanaian company on behalf of concerned shareholders and conducting a due diligence review of Ashley House PLC a company that develops Primary Care surgeries. Dominick later became a director of Ashley House and managed the process of getting the company admitted to OFEX (now PLUS Markets); the company is now listed on AIM. Dominick has also taken interim Finance Director contracts with businesses in a number of different sectors ranging from racecourses to construction companies and a large distribution company in the UK.

Before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant Dominick read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford and attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School while working for BP. Dominick brings an unusually wide range of commercial experience to Quintel Intelligence as well as the essential experience required to take responsibility for its financial oversight.


Stephen Turner is a founding Director of Quintel Intelligence, responsible for technical oversight of the business.

Following an early career in engineering, Stephen joined the British Army Corps of Royal Engineers (RE) in 1988 and joined 22 SAS Regiment in 1998 and during this period completed a full operational tour with the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR). During his 17 year career in the UK Special Forces, Stephen specialised in surveillance, expeditionary intelligence gathering techniques and dynamic targeting and completed several clandestine operational tours including operations in the Balkan States, Mainland UK, MENA region and West Africa.

Since leaving the Army in 2005, Stephen has worked in the commercial sector, including spending time as a Senior Security Advisor to global media organisations and to the International Federation of Journalists in Baghdad; his work has meant providing security in challenging environments such as in Iraq, Lebanon, the West Bank and Liberia.

In addition to Quintel Intelligence, Stephen is also a co-founder and Director of the Providence Group of companies. Stephen brings 25 years of experience in defence and security operations with government agencies and commercial groups and his involvement in Quintel Intelligence brings significant operational and commercial experience to the company.


Nicholas Connon is a Director and CEO of Quintel Intelligence and is responsible for operational oversight of Quintel Intelligence.

Nicholas joined the British Army in 2001, specialising in the domestic and international counter terrorism effort. Since leaving the Army in 2012, Nicholas has significantly developed his understanding of the financial markets, international compliance and the real application of intelligence in law.

Nicholas has impressive management and operational experience, having participated in various national and global operations with the UK Government, international intelligence agencies and law enforcement organisations. Nicholas has 15 years of experience within the international intelligence community, directing and conducting investigations at the highest government and commercial levels and has worked on a variety of high profile investigations including cases presented in front of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and the High Court in London. He specializes in accountable legal intelligence, allowing his clients to form the most robust legal position possible. Nicholas has particular experience operating in Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Before becoming a member of the Institute of Professional Investigators Nicholas completed an MSc in Security and Risk Management from Leicester University. Nicholas brings a strong operational and management experience to Quintel Intelligence.

Sir Anthony Hooper QC

Sir Anthony Hooper retired from the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in September 2012. He is the inaugural Judicial Fellow of the Judicial Institute of University College, London, where he is also an honorary Professor.

Sir Anthony undertakes cases in the United Kingdom, the United States and Europe. As a former Lord Justice of Appeal he may act as an independent investigator, expert witness, mediator, arbitrator and monitor and as an advisor on compliance programmes. Sir Anthony is an expert on issues of fraud, bribery, confiscation, money laundering and related criminal and civil activity arising in the United Kingdom and in other countries. He is currently a consultant to the Stolen Assets Recovery Initiative, a joint programme of the World Bank and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Quintel continues to provide investigative support to Sir Anthony’s ethics commission’s investigation into corruption. Sir Anthony and Nicholas Connon spoke together in Washington at the International Barristers Association conference on the challenges of institutional investigation in 2016.

Paul Oakley

Paul Oakley is Chief Operations Officer of Quintel Intelligence and is responsible for the day to day management of company operations.

Paul joined the British Army in 1989, spending over twenty years dedicated to intelligence operations. In addition to domestic operations, Paul has been instrumental in managing the intelligence effort in Africa, the Balkans, the Levant and mainland Europe. Since leaving the Army in 2011, Paul has brought the same dedication, drive and attention to detail to the sphere of corporate, legal and financial investigations. Of special note are his personal involvement in the successful defence of Uhuru Kenyatta at the ICC and the recent provision of intelligence feeds to major corporate sponsors at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

Paul has nearly 30 years of experience managing intelligence operations at the highest levels, both commercially and for the national good. As with all Quintel Intelligence personnel, his focus is on accountable legal intelligence, in order to allow his clients to form the most robust legal position possible. Paul brings a wealth of practical and technical intelligence experience to Quintel Intelligence.

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