Chief Executive Officer, Bland Group International
Lt Col (Retd) John Perez, MBE
John completed 25 years military service with the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, retiring as Commanding Officer in January 2010.
Awarded an MBE in 2003 by Her Majesty for his work in Morocco, and recognised in 2009 for his personal contribution to UK – Morocco relations by His Majesty King of Morocco who awarded him “ Al Istihkak Al Askari Knight Wissam”. He is the first non-Moroccan to have achieved such a prestigious award.
In 2005 he was awarded the Bronze Star by the President of the United States, after having served with the US Marine Corps in Iraq.
During his term as Commanding Officer, his soldiers actively served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also responsible for delivering the Peace Support Operations programme in West Africa, including the security arrangements for the African Union summit in Gambia in 2006.
He was appointed CEO, Bland Group International in March 2010, in Gibraltar with specific responsibilities for the Group’s interests in Gibraltar, Spain and Morocco
Standards & Compliance, Bland Group International
Major (Retd) Eddie Azquez MBE
Edward Asquez spent his first six working years with the Bland Group and then joined the Regular Cadre of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment in 1985.
He rapidly rose through all the ranks holding many operational, instructional and logistical appointments at home and overseas until he was appointed Regimental Sergeant Major, the most senior soldier in the Regiment.
He was later commissioned from the ranks to Captain and became the Quartermaster Technical, responsible for maintaining and sustaining the Regiment on an operational footing.
He was responsible for liaison and providing first line logistical support for Ex JEBEL SAHARA, a most demanding and successful exercise in Morocco and was later instrumental in setting up a British Military Training Team (BMMT) in The Republic of The Gambia. For his diplomacy and excellent work in Morocco and the Republic of The Gambia he was awarded the MBE in June 2007 and later promoted to Major.
Later as Quartermaster he was responsible for providing logistical support to the Regiment and British Forces Gibraltar and maintaining operational stock levels.
On retirement from the Army he re-joined the Bland Group as Operations Director.
John Paul Payas.
John Paul joined OSG as General Manager in June 2012 after 22 years services with the Royal Gibraltar Regiment ending a successful and exemplary military career as the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) with achievements both operational and Regimental duties.
John Paul’s appointment as GM of the Company coincided with the merger of Security Express, Watch It & Secure It and the re-branding of OSG.
Thus making OSG the largest security company in Gibraltar, John Paul brings with him an energetic, forward thinking new outlook to how security is perceived in Gibraltar.
Security Operations Manager, CCTV and Security Systems, OSG
Steve joined Secur-I.T. Ltd where he assisted in steering the company through the transition from a standard Guard Manning security company to digital CCTV/Alarm and IT security systems.
Steve then teamed up with three other Directors to launch Secur-I.T. Ltd, a pioneering security company that aimed at bridging the gap between physical and technological security.
In 2011, as part of the merger lead by BGI, Steve became Guard Manning manager. Steve has now taken up the role of System Operations Manager for CCTV and Security Systems at OSG.