State 21 Team

State 21 is able to offer such a high standard of business resilience consultancy thanks to a highly trained and experienced team with 90 years of police experience.  Each brings a unique set of skills and experience, plus a wide range of contacts, to make State 21 ‘stronger together’.

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Richard Rowland – CMgr FCMI, MSt(Cantab)

Whilst serving as a police officer for 30 years, up to the rank of Chief Superintendent, Richard gained extensive experience covering both operational and organisational leadership, major project management, major event organisation and technology insertion. He led a significant restructuring exercise for a major business area of the force, reducing costs by £5 million.


Richard’s last two commands encompassed area command and leadership of intelligence, research, analysis, performance, resource management, event planning and the ‘extended police family’. In addition Richard was both a ‘Silver’ and ‘Gold’ Public Order Commander and an assessor for the College of Policing’s Gold Public Order course.


Richard is qualified for both PTLLS (preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector) and CTLLS (certificate in teaching in the lifelong learning sector) and is an associate of the College of Policing. In addition to this, he is an accredited trainer for Victim Support ( and is rolling out the Victim Awareness Course nationally. He has also delivered training to the University of Portsmouth and chairs an advisory committee for Reserve Armed Forces.

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Tony Birr

Tony has 32 years of police and military service; his last role being the head of Hampshire Constabulary’s Marine Unit managing the policing and security presence in the Solent maritime community. His skills include: operational management, interview management, counter terrorism legal advisor, intelligence management and crime investigation.


Tony was also an approved trainer for Hampshire Constabulary delivering National CID foundation courses on Investigative Interviewing and Family Liaison.


He is also a qualified yachtmaster (power and sail) and a careers ambassador for the British Marine Federation ( delivering regular lectures on its behalf, as well as a visiting lecturer for the Greenwich Maritime Institute Msc course on Maritime Security, and for workshops on Maritime Crime with delegates traveling from across the world.

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Gerard Kiernan

Gerard is a former senior police officer with over 22 years’ operational and leadership experience, having previously served for 11 years in the military. He has managed teams, significant organisation change and procurement projects at local, regional and national level.


His specific areas of expertise include: armed policing, emergency planning/exercising, operational and business continuity, crisis management, critical incident management, and auditable decision making at tactical and operational level. Gerard is a qualified trainer (Cert Ed) an experienced Learning and Development Manager and National Firearms Instructor.


Following his retirement Gerard has worked as IT Product Development Manager focusing on the Blue Light and Defence Sectors, a customer facing role responsible for building relationships and managing numerous software development projects. He currently provides critical incident consultancy focusing on Marauding Terrorist Incidents, JESIP, and Joint Decision Making training to the National Ambulance Resilience Unit, in addition to providing on-site planning and operational support to major public events such as Farnborough Air Show and the Isle of Wight Festival.

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