Avon expands its respiratory protection horizons

AVON Protection has formed a new strategic partnership agreement which will see its advanced respiratory protection products complemented with specialist CBRN consultancy and training services supplied by SecureBio.

Lou Caruana

The partnership will see Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, formerly chief operating officer of SecureBio which he founded three years ago, move to Avon Rubber as MD of CBRN, while maintaining an active consultancy role with SecureBio as a director.

SecureBio has a list of global blue chip clients as well as providing CBRN resilience advice to the majority of the international media community operating in Syria.

The new total service offering will provide a single point of contact service for all global CBRN requirements.

“I am honoured to join Avon, having worn and trusted Avon Protection respiratory products throughout my career in the British Army,” De Bretton-Gordon said.

“Avon’s products are a cut above anything else currently offered on the market, providing ultimate protection, comfort and the flexibility required by users across all markets.

“Entering this new role I am eager to get to work, and I look forward to engaging with our global customer base to provide total CBRN requirement solutions”

De Bretton-Gordon’s 23 years’ service in the British Army includes service as commanding officer of the UK CBRN Regiment and NATO's Rapid Reaction CBRN Battalion.

Avon CEO Peter Slabbert said: “Hamish de Bretton-Gordon is widely experienced and hugely respected in the CBRN field and his appointment will further solidify Avon’s standing in the global market as a CBRN expert and total solutions provider.

“Avon Protection's rapidly expanding global client base now includes military forces, law enforcement teams, firefighters, other first responders and industrial, marine, mineral and oil extraction site personnel.”