Lt Col (retd) Giles Taylor OBE

  • CEO
  • Foxglove Consulting, UK

Giles is CEO of Foxglove Consulting FZ LLC. Giles is an Arabic speaking defence and security consultant, with over 10 years commercial experience in the MENA region, and 25 years service as an officer in the British Army. Giles graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1988, going on to serve with the Scots Guards and The Parachute Regiment. He has extensive operational experience including Northern Ireland and Iraq, including commanding 1st Battalion Scots Guards on Operation Charge of the Knights in 2008, for which he was awarded MBE.

His last appointment in the Army was as the Defence Attaché in Beirut (2009-2012). He was the co-architect of the UK CSSF Internal Security Programme and Land Border Management Project (£100m) designed to support the Lebanese Armed Forces in the Internal Security and Border spheres and help secure Lebanon’s Eastern Border. He left the Army as a Lt Col in 2012 and remained in Lebanon as a consultant (at the request of the Lebanese Army Commander), leading the UK’s technical assistance programme to form, field, equip, train and mentor 4 Land Border Regiments, establishing an Urban Operations Training Centre and the Land Border Regiment Training School (with over 25,000 troops trained to date).

Giles has also designed and led LAF technical assistance projects funded by the governments of the USA and Canada, and has conducted defence and security consultancy tasks in the wider MENA region and Africa. Giles was advanced to in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018 in recognition of this and his service to UK and Lebanon’s security.


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