Executive Profiles

Our directors and members have over 100 years of combined defence and other security related experience as well as extensive operational experience in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa.

Greg Wilford

Greg co-founded Tensho whilst deployed in Northern Iraq in 2005. From 2004 to 2016, Greg maintained multiple roles as a PSD in Iraq and Afghanistan, a director of Tensho, the sole representative of Colt Firearms in South Africa and Zambia, and a fixed wing medical rescue pilot in Africa. He served on the South African Army Regiment Paul Kruger Council, in the South African Police and is a graduate of Ronin.

Roland Naude

Chief Executive Officer

Roland is a co-founder of Tensho and has been doing business in Africa for 20 years within the security, medical and construction sectors. As the founder and former CEO of RAM Security Services, the residing chairman of ImpiMed Medical Solutions and the co-founder and former African director of Bhejane Global Projects, Roland brings unique insight into securing progress in Africa. Roland served in the South African Police, as a PSD in Northern Iraq and is a graduate of Ronin.

Roger Ballard-Tremeer


Roger has a Liberal Arts Degree majoring in Geography and the isiZulu language with sub-major in Criminology, he is a graduate of the South African Defence College and was South Africa’s first Ambassador to Angola during the Nelson Mandela Administration. Roger saw diplomatic service in Italy, Australia and the United Kingdom and was responsible for directing South Africa’s emerging bilateral relationships with 23 countries in the Horn of Africa, Egypt, the Maghreb and the Sahel. Roger is the CEO of the South Africa-Angola Chamber of Commerce and is an active member of the IoDSA / KPMG Audit Committee Forum and Round Table.

Gen. Rod Penhall (Ret.)

Tactical Law Enforcement & Combat Pilot Training

Rod joined the South African Air Force in 1968 and flew the F-86 Sabre and MB-326 Impala Jets as well as the Alouette III and Puma Helicopters. In 1980 Rod was promoted to Officer Commanding 16 Squadron, 70 AFCP, OC Ciskei Air Wing (seconded through Foreign Affairs SA) and OC Air Force Base Bloemspruit. In 1997 Rod was appointed South African Military Attaché to India, thereafter Officer Commanding Air Force Base Waterkloof and lastly Director of the National Aviation Academy at Air Force Headquarters. Rod retired from the Air Force in 2005 as an A1 Flight Instructor and PAI at the rank of Brigadier General. After his distinguished military career Rod served as Chief Air Transport Officer and Civil Military Liaison for the United Nations Joint Logistic Centre in various world theatres. In 2006 he returned to flying as a fire fighter and medical rescue helicopter pilot and instructor in Africa, Antarctica and Kosovo. Before Joining Tensho Rod was deployed as Base and Air Operations Manager in Balad Iraq.

Col. Dirk Gilbert

Urban Operations

Dirk is a former member of the internationally acclaimed SAPS Special Task Force, where he specialized in high threat hostage release, urban warfare and the protection of visiting heads of state. Dirk began his Police career in 1991 in the SAPS Riot Unit and rapidly moved through the ranks to command the Natal branch of the Special Task Force. In 2004 Dirk began operating in Iraq for some of the world's leading private military companies as a PSD team leader and consultant. Dirk holds a national diploma in police management, a B-Tech degree in policing, an international diploma in occupational health and safety, and an international technical certificate in oil and gas operations.

Capt. Ernest Kekana

Air Operations

Ernest's 20 year aviation career began in a fixed wing and helicopter operations centre for a continent leading aviation company. He was soon promoted to Senior Flight Operations Controller and after completing a commercial pilots licence began his career as a fixed wing pilot. In 2003 Ernest joined South African Airways as a Boeing pilot and founded his own business, which was the first wholly black owned aviation charter company in South Africa. Ernest continues to fly as a professional Boeing 737 and 747 rated pilot today.

Alan Nixon


Alan’s career spans over 20 years in the criminal justice system with the South African Police and the Directorate of Special Operations, commonly known as the ‘Scorpions’. Whilst with the Scorpions he was the project director of various investigations involving commercial crime, government fraud, corruption and organised crime. Subsequent to the Scorpions he provided services to various institutions, including the South African Government Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and was a senior manager in the forensics division of KPMG. Alan’s extensive experience as a SAPS unit commander, Scorpions Special Investigator and recognition by the ‘Institute for International Criminal Investigations’ in The Hague, Netherlands, makes him an invaluable resource to any high value time sensitive task

Dr. Doug Parker


Doug has a PhD in Criminal Justice and is a former member of the elite and world renowned British Special Air Service Regiment (SAS). Whilst with “the Regiment,” Doug took part in small team operations worldwide and served as a close protection operative. Relocating from the UK to Africa, Doug served with the South African Police Security Branch and the SAP's Serious Crime and Crime Intelligence Unit, where he worked in various parts of the globe as an undercover narcotics agent. Within Tensho, Doug's tasks include close protection of senior personnel, security surveys and intelligence gathering. Doug is an expert in electronics and explosives.

Rob Brown


Rob’s extensive background covers a multitude of cultures, continents and environments over the past 40 years of military and security operations. Rob was a member of: 2 Commando Special Forces Australian, 2nd Battalion British Parachute Regiment, Special Air Service C Squadron (SAS), 6 Reconnaissance Commando South African Defence Force and Chief Staff Intelligence South African Defence Force (CSI). Rob has operated as a private contractor in Laos (South East Asia), South Sudan and Iraq.

Kenny Molefe

Events Director

Kenny has been an industry leader in the special events security sector for more than 20 years. Since beginning his security career in 1998, Kenny has run events of more than 30 thousand people both locally and internationally, including the MTV awards in Russia. From nightclub security to riot intervention and special events, Kenny is highly skilled in the dynamic of crowd control.

Timothy O’Connor

Chief financial officer

Tim graduated from the University of South Africa (UNISA) with Honours B Com in Accounting Science. He is a member of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants and Professional Tax Practitioners (SAIPA) and is responsible for maintaining Tensho’s financial compliance in all markets.

Dr Alex Stuart

Health & Safety

Alex graduated from the University of Pretoria (MBChB, Medicine), Stellenbosch University (DOM, Occupational Medicine), is a member of SASOM and is associated with HPCSA. Alex has 15 years’ experience in occupational health medicine and is an expert in strategic planning and medical crisis intervention.