About Us

हामी जस्तो कोही पनि छैन
(There is nobody quite like us)

IDG offers protective services that enable our international, commercial and NGO clients to pursue their missions in challenging and complex regions of the world.

Our heritage is founded in the culture, expertise and values of the Brigade of Gurkhas of the British Army. As the Gurkhas say, ‘Hami Jasto Kohi Chhaina’ (There is nobody quite like us). We now employ more than 2,500 people including former Gurkhas as well as experienced security guards from around the world. They are united by a common commitment to IDG’s Code of Honour. The Code lays out our combined responsibility to the personal, familial and social welfare of all of our staff and ensures that only the very best security specialists wear the IDG badge.

We uphold a reputation for exemplary ethical and moral standards and are known for our deep and profound commitment to all the people who work for us, and for those among whom we work.

Our ethos

  • Zero tolerance of bribery and corruption. We go beyond national and international law to live the highest moral standards, even if it makes our life more difficult.
  • A deep commitment to the wellbeing of our employees and their families.
  • Complete adherence to the Rule of Law.
  • Transparent relationships with clients; meeting their complex requirements with fairly and sustainably-priced risk-management options.
  • Ethical partnerships with like-minded suppliers.
  • A constant striving to be better.


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    Iaan Douglas Gordon


    Iaan is the founder of IDG Security. A former British Army officer commissioned into the 7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles, Iaan subsequently saw active service as an officer in HM the Sultan of Oman’s Armed Forces both during the war in Dhofar in the 1970s and afterwards in Oman. Subsequently he commanded in the rank of Assistant Commissioner, the Gurkha Contingent of the Singapore Police Force. He speaks colloquial Nepali and Arabic.

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    Nicholas Alister-Jones

    Deputy Chairman

    First commissioned into Britain’s Royal Air Force Regiment, Nicholas later served on secondment to HM the Sultan of Oman’s Army on operations against communist insurgents in Dhofar in the 1970s. He subsequently transferred to HM the Sultan’s forces and was fully occupied in the restructuring of HM the Sultan’s Armed Forces throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after fifteen years’ service. Since leaving Oman, Nicholas has lived and worked in the Gulf region. He started his association with the United Arab Emirates when he opened the Representative Office in Dubai for the State Government of South Australia. In 2009 he was appointed the Special Envoy to the Gulf Co-operation Council for South Australia. He speaks Arabic and Baluch.

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    Lucy Hymas


    Lucy has over 20 years finance experience, starting with ten years in local government followed by 11 years in the security industry. Lucy has managed the finance function for three security companies in Dubai, with annual turnover of up to $252m. Lucy trained in accountancy (FMAAT and CIPFA Level 1+2) and is currently undertaking diplomas in VAT, IFRS, and further studies under ACCA.

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    Jo Plett

    HR Director

    Jo is a senior HR professional with strong strategic and operational experience in HR and People management (CIPD qualified). She has held critical roles with a UK Bank and a large, International Airline where she worked with over 130 different nationalities. She supports business unit managers and front line staff to increase performance and results through leadership, trust and engagement. She has enjoyed living and working in the UAE for almost 18 years.

Our Global Locations
IDG’s principal operations are in Afghanistan, Myanmar and Somalia, with additional offices in Dubai, India, Nepal, Singapore and the UK.


IDG is a member of the International Code of Conduct Association for private security providers (ICoCA), and complies with the Principles of the Montreaux Document, and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We are ISO 18788-2015 certified, and have been since 2021.

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