Gareth Timmins is a former Royal Marines Commando turned Author and emerging Behavioural/Cognitive Scientist. During recruit training in 2005/06, he documented his experiences by keeping a never-before captured diary of elite military training. In recent years, he has utilised his psychological grounding to produce and integrate thirty-four lessons that people can employ to achieve cutting-edge, performance thinking.
While in training, widely considered to be amongst the most demanding in the world, he was awarded the Shooting Medal and later went on to represent the Royal Marines Shooting Team. He was also awarded the Operation Telic Medal for his team’s contributions in Iraq, during the capture of Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel by the Iranians, during 2007.
As a fully trained Royal Marine, Gareth passed a short, but intense selection/training course to join Fleet Standby Rifle Troop (FSRT); a specialist arm of the Royal Marines that conducts non-compliant boarding’s in both military and security operations, as well as offensive operations for the Royal Navy worldwide. As a result, he deployed on two occasions to the Northern Arabian Gulf (Iraq) and once to the Gulf of Aden/Somali Basin (Somalia) to engage in counter piracy.
Upon leaving the Royal Marines, Gareth deployed to Somalia as private Maritime Security Contractor (Team Leader) during the upsurge in pirate attacks and hijackings in 2011, and was subsequently involved in one of the biggest pirate attacks of that year. He subsequently deployed to Egypt during the Arab Spring and in the mist of the Egyptian revolution to conduct intelligence and security operations throughout the region.
A subsequent contract saw Gareth deploy to Afghanistan as a Hostile Close Protection Operator for the U.S. Department of Defence (DoD) – operating throughout the country, during 2013. Since leaving Afghanistan, Gareth has worked for several UHNW clients in London, whilst providing a physical security and business development consultancy to a variety of blue-chip organisations in the City of London.
Since 2014, he has been exploring the field of Forensic Psychology and hopes to undertake postgraduate study in Behavioural/Cognitive Science (MSc) after his book’s publication, to investigate and deconstruct human behaviour and decision-making. With an enduring and poignant connection to the military, he aspires to steer his research in one of two ways. To either investigate the factors that underpin social isolation and its’ underlying links to radicalisation (in some cases). Or step away from that focus and explore behavioural change in relation to climate attitudes, public engagement, and global sustainability.