Chenega International is a branch of Chenega International that has offices and personnel in North and South America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Chenega Europe HQ is in Belfast, Northern Ireland and headed by President John Douglas.

The Senior Management Team run all European operations, manage personnel within Europe and liaise with our international colleagues.

John Douglas - President

John Douglas



After a military career in the British Army spanning 27 years with an infantry regiment interspersed with a number of intelligence appointments and operations, John retired in order to develop business opportunities  in the Middle East.

Initially he worked on the Shell Pearl (GTL) project in Ras Laffan, Qatar and was responsible for the training and leadership development of the 250,000 strong construction workforce. He followed this by implementing a national training and education program in Yemen in partnership with Pearson Education and Sheikha Mozah’a youth enterprise, “Silatech”. After a period of political instability in Yemen John took up the appointment of Director Middle East, for Inspirational Development Group, affiliated with the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to deliver youth development programs. Latterly, John returned to Yemen to take up an MD appointment with G4S as country lead to run the largest security company in the country responsible for critical infrastructure facilities.

In his time with Chenega John has continued to develop a training offering and a technical integration model targeted at major infrastructure and government projects on a global level.

Matt O'Hanlon - Vice President Operations

Matt O'Hanlon

Vice President Operations

Matt joined Chenega in 2015 after 36 years’ service in the British Army as an infantry officer. Promoted to Brigadier in 2007, Matt has extensive experience in cross-cultural and international relations following senior diplomatic and operational posts in Berlin, Seoul, Washington, West Africa and Northern Ireland. His educational and training experience includes time as directing staff at the UK Defence Academy, teaching on the Advanced Command and Staff Course (Masters level equivalent).

Matt was responsible in 2003 for the establishment of the Horton Academy, the Armed Forces Staff College for the Sierra Leone Armed Forces and has considerable experience of high-level corporate consulting to head of government level. As Vice President Operations within Chenega International, Matt is responsible for facilitating the international delivery of Chenega technologies and services across four continents.

Paul Hillis - Director of Training

Paul Hillis

Director of Training

Paul joined Chenega Europe as our Director of Training upon completion of 32 year’s police service with the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Police Service Northern Ireland. He has an extensive knowledge of the United Kingdom policing model and is a Humint and anti-corruption specialist.

As the former Head of PSNI’s Specialist Operations Branch training team he has been responsible for organisational learning and development in the area of Humint, CHIS, Surveillance and SWAT officers. At a Strategic level he has delivered a number of International training missions, provided mentoring and has an excellent understanding of the global challenges in policing today.

Paul was as a program manager on the internationally acclaimed Leadership in Counter-Terrorism Course (LinCT) and has facilitated learning for course participants for several years.

He has been highly commended by the Police Service for his work in the counter-terror and anti-corruption arena on numerous occasions. Paul holds academic and training qualifications from Portsmouth University, at Andrews University, Canterbury Christchurch University and Ulster University.

Harry Harper

Director Ports and Maritime

Harry joined Chenega in 2017 and brings more than 35 years’ experience in the Military and Maritime Security industry. After 23 years with Her Majesty’s Royal Marines where he specialized in Maritime Counter Terrorism and Amphibious operations worldwide, on operations and in support of foreign governments.

After leaving the Corps Harry became a specialist Maritime Security Consultant on a variety of tasks including capacity building for several specialist Maritime Counter Terrorism units in various countries.

In 2003, Harry joined a well-established London based Global Risk Management company as Lead Consultant and was instrumental in the implementation of the new IMO initiative The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. He developed and conducted numerous training courses for newly appointed Company, Ship and Port Facility Security Officers in line with the IMO Model course framework, carried out numerous security assessments and development of consequent security plans for approval by contracting governments for Ships, Ports and Offshore Oil and Gas Facilities followed by oversight of the implementation of the approved security plans.

From 2008 until 2016, Harry was employed directly by Abu Dhabi Ports Company, as the Ports Security Advisor. Working in liaison with the Federal and Abu Dhabi Governments on all aspects of threat and risk assessment, design, operational implementation and oversight of a multi - million integrated security solution at their Flagship Khalifa Port Development which successfully began operations in 2012.