Gary Howlin

Executive Board Member
Senior Vice President of Client Care

Gary began his career at GDBA as a protector, leading close protection teams across six continents, and eventually, becoming Executive Director of GDBA’s entire Protective Security Division.

Gary has planned and supervised protection operations for hundreds of public figures. He has also spearheaded the protection of clients at several large-scale political events, where he served as GDBA liaison to the U.S. Secret Service, the British Special Branch, and others.

Gary led security operations for multiple estates in the United States and the United Kingdom, including the close protection for one of the most media-pursued families in the world.

Gary has conducted surveillance and counter-surveillance operations, and served as a Chief Instructor for hundreds of protectors enrolled in GDBA’s Training Academies.

Prior to joining our firm, Gary provided personal protection for royal families as well as prominent media figures throughout the world. He also served nine years in the British Army’s prestigious Grenadier Guards, where he played key roles during multiple combat deployments to Northern Ireland. During his military service, Gary earned the British Army’s Command Commendation for Bravery.

National Security Experience: Information provided in this brief bio does not include the associate’s background in National Security or military work designated as Secret or Top Secret, and does not include experience that is otherwise non-public.