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Andy Bearpark CBE
Director General

Andy Bearpark is the Director General of the British Association of Private Security Companies (BAPSC), an independent trade association representing the leading UK companies in the specialist private security and risk management sector.

Prior to taking up his position, Mr. Bearpark served as Director of Operations and Infrastructure for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq.

From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Bearpark served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General (DSRSG) in charge of the EU Pillar of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and was responsible for overseeing the province’s reconstruction and economic development.

From 1998 to until his appointment in Kosovo, Mr. Bearpark was based in Sarajevo where he served as Deputy High Representative in the Office of the High Representative (OHR) and was responsible for the Reconstruction and Return Task Force, a grouping of international organisations facilitating minority return in Bosnia Herzegovina.

Before taking up his positions in Bosnia and Kosovo, Mr. Bearpark held a series of senior positions with Her Majesty’s Government. From 1991 to 1997 he was Head of the Information and Emergency Aid Departments of the Overseas Development Administration (ODA). In this position Mr. Bearpark was responsible for running all UK Government emergency relief operations, including programmes in Bosnia, Rwanda, Northern Iraq and Somalia. Between 1991 and 1995, he was also Press Secretary to the ODA Minister Baroness Chalker.

Before rejoining the ODA 1991, Mr. Bearpark founded and managed a public relations consultancy. From 1986 to 1989, he served as Private Secretary to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, responsible first for Home Affairs and later for Parliamentary Affairs. He later served as Chief of Staff to Lady Thatcher during her initial period after leaving office.

Mr. Bearpark began his career in public service in 1973 with the ODA. In his first thirteen years with the organisation he was responsible for running a number of bilateral development programmes in Asia and Africa. His field postings included three years based in Bangkok with regional responsibility for Nepal, Sri Lanka, Burma and Malaysia and on secondment to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as First Secretary (Aid) with the British High Commission in Zimbabwe.

A graduate of the University of London, he is married with 2 children and lives in Bath in England.