Security Consulting Group was founded in October 2014 by Richard Nixon and Steve Barlow, after long and distinguished careers in security consultancy, communications consultancy, and project integration.

The dedicated team at Security Consulting Group are well-known industry leading professionals, passionate in their focus on delivering an independent and high quality service.   Whilst Security Consulting Group itself is still a relatively young company, the majority of our carefully selected employees have worked together for over a decade and have over 200 years’ collective experience in the security industry, with all our staff coming from successful careers in large multi-discipline consulting/engineering firms or from within Government.

The team is led by:

Richard Nixon Security Consulting Group


Over a 25 year period, Managing Director and co-founder Richard Nixon has managed the delivery of many major projects throughout Australia and internationally, in addition to having led large teams of security engineers and consultants on the eastern seaboard of Australia, Singapore, and the UAE. Richard prepares security management policies and procedures, security management plans, and security audits/reviews and is commonly requested to provide strategic planning advice during the early stages of major projects.

During these processes, Richard is tasked to define the optimum balance between the project’s security management requirements, the physical security attributes, and the technical systems.

Sharne Hesse Security Consulting Group


Director, Sharne Hesse has worked alongside SCG Managing Director’s Richard Nixon and Steve Barlow for his entire 18 year career working on large and complex high security projects across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Dubai.

Sharne has extensive experience across security risk management, planning and engineering streams of security consulting encompassing all major market sectors, with a key focus on the custodial, defence and major critical infrastructure sectors.

Sharne regularly provides turn-key advice to clients from project inception and early planning through to detailed design and construction delivery, this has included the development of enterprise-wide risk assessments, security management plans, corporate security advice and reviews for all levels of government and private sector clients.  He is experienced in all forms of physical and electronic security solutions including security risk assessments, security master planning, security and communications network design, SCEC design and security advice for complex high security projects.


Craig’s significant security experience incorporates more than 30 years across a number of key areas.  These include product leadership, the design and project management of large and complex integrated security systems throughout both Australia, New Zealand and Asia as well as managing large project and technical teams.

Craig is passionate about achieving the best outcomes for our clients based on sound technical and commercial advice and heads up our Business Performance team ensuring our projects are being executed in accordance with SCG’s defined governance and compliance requirements.


Brendan Bilston served in the Royal Australian Engineer corps of the Australian Army from 1993 to 2004 with an ending rank of captain. This experience led him to pursue a career in his field, accruing 26 years of experience in engineering and project management. Non-Executive Director & Chairman of security consulting group received his Master’s Degree in Engineering Science (Project Management) from the University of New South Wales in 2000, where he also acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1997.

Brendan maintains his professional persona through his affiliations with Engineers Australia, Property Council of Australia, the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and the AIPM Industry Council. He is Chartered as a Professional Engineer and a Certified Practising Project Manager. Brendan was honored with the Project of the Year award from the Australian Institute of Project Management in 2008 and 2011, and was also recognized as the ACT Project Manager of the Year in 2011. In 2009 & 2011, Mr. Bilston was awarded the Australian Business Award for Enterprise & Project Management.


Kath works closely with the SCG Board to provide management business assistance and a broad range of administrative functions, including Finance, HR, Compliance and reporting responsibilities. Kath is a qualified Accountant, has a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and has recently been appointed both Company Secretary and an Associate of SCG.

Nick Doulgeris Security Consulting Group


Nick’s career in Security spans 20 years in security design, engineering, advisory, and installation. With over 8 years in consultancy and over 10 years previously in major security installation works throughout Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe, Nick is experienced in understanding, designing and documenting the security requirements in complex major infrastructure projects across a range of market sectors including custodial, defence, health and high security industrial facilities.

Nick has a strong focus on delivering electronic and SCEC security solutions. This includes undertaking the initial security audits and due diligence for projects/facilities, following through to brief development and security master planning and culminating in the provision of cutting edge yet achievable facility and security technology designs. As the world becomes more ICT-centric, Nick has the experience and ability to identify, apply and integrate ICT trends and practices into all forms of security and technology based projects.

Des Doherty_SCG Associate


With over 30 years’ experience in the design and delivery of high security projects across ANZ, Asia and the Middle East, Des’ reputation as one of most experienced, respected and pragmatic security consultants in Australia is undoubted.  He is regularly engaged by our clients to lead or advise on complex physical, operational or risk issues as they pertain to security and assist them in delivering a cost-effective risk based solution.

Des also leads our Graduate Development and Mentoring programs demonstrating his investment in the future growth of our staff and SCG.

Mark Morrow_SCG Associate


Spanning a career that includes 20 years with the Queensland Government, Mark has gained extensive experience in the design and delivery of public infrastructure projects as a consulting engineer with the Department of Public Works.  In addition, Mark has significant experience in the end-to-end management of custodial security systems as Manager, Electronics with Queensland Corrective Services.

Mark is a SCEC approved security zone consultant and is passionate about designing appropriate and functional electronic systems to support and complement operational procedures and dynamic security measures.


Shaun is a SCEC approved security zone consultant and commonly provides advice on the delivery of medium and high security facilities. Shaun has contributed to, and increasingly leads, SCG projects across government and private sectors in electronic security systems design, physical and perimeter security, communications design, testing and commissioning.


Steve Barlow Security Consulting Group


Born – June 1964  Died – January 2019

Steve Barlow was a co-founder of Security Consulting Group and had over 25 years’ experience within the security industry. Steve worked on many complex projects locally and internationally and was regarded as an expert in the fields of security risk, strategic planning and systems design, working predominately within the markets of justice, federal government, heath, tertiary education and in the arts and culture.

Steve’s vision in co-founding SCG was to develop a business that would create a lasting legacy within the security industry. The mentoring, guidance and support he provided to everyone at SCG, and those in the wider industry, saw his vision become a reality. We are proud to have known and worked with Steve and to have the opportunity to build on the legacy he helped to create.