After a short career in engineering, Tim joined the Royal Marine Commandos and went on to serve in the Special Boat Service (SBS). In SBS, he served in every environment from the jungle to the arctic, eventually leading a maritime counter-terrorism team specializing in anti-piracy and anti-smuggling initiatives.
Since moving into the private sector, he has continued to pursue a varied career working in a number of areas including: executive close protection, security & vulnerability assessments, threat evaluation to projects and personnel, and the implementation of security measures both on & offshore throughout the world.
Tim is now Partner and CEO of Pioneer Consulting Group, responsible for the development of the organization’s strategy and operations as well as advising and clients who operate or are looking to operate in predominately hostile environments. He has worked alongside many clients in the field, with deployments to Afghanistan, Latin America, Iraq, Africa, Haiti, the Amazon jungle of Brazil and SE Asia.
For two years he worked within a major US news media network, training their personnel to operate in hostile environments and co-coordinating all of their field-safety & security requirements before, during and after the second Gulf War. Tim also attended the first media-training course run by the US Department of Defense and as such made recommendations to the P.A.O. personnel at the Pentagon to better tailor the course to prepare the embedded journalists during the war.
Tim has given presentations on the subject of safety & security training in a number of forums in both the media and energy industry, including the Media Leaders meeting at the World Economic Forum in 2005. Tim has appeared on a number of major news networks (CNN, CBC, Fox News) and has been quoted directly in several publications.
Tim is an avid traveler and the Crockett family, for the past 60+ years across three generations, have been involved in the travel industry. So as well as working alongside clients in hostile environments Tim has a wealth of experience in providing solutions for clients undertaking routine travel domestically or internationally.
Tim’s contributions to safer newsgathering have been recognized by the Royal Television Society, the Overseas Press Club of America and the Peabody Award. Tim serves on the Board of Directors for the Homeland Security Foundation of America, a non-profit organization for Public Safety, Energy Security and Health & Human Services and chairs the Public Safety Committee.
March 2013 Fair Observer "Media Freedom: Cantankerous, Obstinate, Ubiquitous?"
April 2013 CNN 72 Hours Under Fire: CNN’s Unfiltered Look at Reporting from Inside Syria
Nov 22, 2010 WXIA "Passengers React to Body Scanners and Pat Downs"
Nov 20, 2010 WXIA "Security Consultant Weighs In On Controversial TSA Patdowns"
May 31, 2010 CNN International "Tim Crockett, security expert for Pioneer Consulting, analyzes the Gaza flotilla raid."
Nov 19, 2009 CNN "Covering Mexico's cartel wars puts journalists in the line of fire"