the origin of the word palladium is: 'to safeguard and protect'.

our people

Edward G Smethurst

LLB (Hons), Solicitor
Chairman, Palladium Associates Limited

Chairman of the Law Society C & I Group North West

Edward started his career as a Litigation Solicitor with Halliwell Landau before moving in 1993 to work with Alvin Shuttleworth at British Nuclear.  Edward spent 7 years working for British Nuclear specialising in high value litigation matters and contentious matters generally.  During this time he dealt extensively with Corporate Governance Security and Investigation matters.

In 2000, Edward joined Ultraframe PLC, a FTSE 250 listed building materials company to become Legal Director.  Edward was an extremely active member of the PLC main board team and was responsible for Corporate Governance.

At Ultraframe, Edward’s legal work also concerned intellectual property litigation and protecting the IP Portfolio.

In 2006, the Ultraframe Group was acquired by the Latium Group and Edward became the legal Director of the enlarged Latium Group, a position he held until June 2010.  During his time at Latium, Edward was responsible for the Corporate Governance for a wide range of businesses to include – Sale Sharks, Latium, Latium Jet Services, The Four Seasons Group in the USA and the Everest Group of Companies.  Edward was also responsible for a variety of Fraud Prevention Investigations.

In June 2010, Edward became Chairman of Palladium Associates Limited and also the Managing Director of Prosperity International Sports Management Limited.

Palladium Associates Limited is a leading company focused on Risk Management and Fraud Investigation and Prevention.  Palladium acts for a number of major PLC’s to include High Street Banks and other major listed organisations.  Edward is also Managing Director of Prosperity International Sports Management, a company which focuses on dealing with high value sports matters.  Prosperity acts for a number of leading professional sports men and women, to include Premiership Footballers and often works closely with Palladium Associates Limited to provide appropriate security solutions.

Tom Waddell

Operations Director

Tom has over 30 years experience within recruitment and operations and is a Fellow of The Institute of Recruitment professionals (FIRP). Tom has supplied staff for many high profile investigations including Operation Yewtree, The Hillsborough Enquiry, Iraqi Historic Allegations Team (IHAT). Responsible for client acquisition and recruitment at Palladium Associates Limited, Tom has also managed high level covert surveillance projects on behalf of a government body, comprising almost 100 (mainly) ex police leading to successful prosecutions and arrests. Tom has Prior SC clearance to attend government led police briefings.

Marc Becker

Marc is a member of Assurance Team of Ernst & Young LLP in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Marc is also part of Forensic Services Group specialising in white-collar crime and intellectual property infringement cases. In 2004 Marc became Sub-regional Director of investigations at Citigroup. He was responsible for all professional and independent investigations taking place within the Western European and Mediterranean clusters. In 2007, Marc was appointed the Global Head of Compliance Operations at Commerzbank AG, where he managed and further developed the compliance division. Marc joined Palladium International in 2011 as Managing Director of the German affiliate, Palladium GmbH.

Alvin Shuttleworth

Alvin is former Company Secretary and Group Legal Director of British Nuclear Fuels plc for 16 years. Alvin is executive Director for all Legal matters, specialising in transport, insurance, Corporate Governance and Security. Alvin had executive responsibility for the global programme and was the chairman of various transport related insurance companies.  Alvin was the Bermuda captive and Board member of the Guernsey captives.

He joined Palladium Associates Limited drawing on his experience as BNFL’s director responsible for transport and security.

Alvin is the UK chairman and International Board member of The International Nuclear Lawyers Association, and is also an Independent Director of ELINI (European Mutual insuring liability risks).

Steve McDowell

Steve has over 25 years experience as in- house counsel acting for two of the UK’s FTSE 100 companies.


Steve was head of legal compliance for BAE Systems Plc, leaving BAE in 2015 having spent 26 years in the role. Steve is an expert in the field of anti- bribery and fraud change programmes and training. Steve was supposed to be involved in the screening of advisors and suppliers, specialising in due diligence and supporting procedures to include gifts, hospitality processes and hardware/ technical data control mechanisms.

At BAE Steve launched an ethics hotline and code of conduct. Steve has worked closely with procurement and commercial functions and has been involved in a variety of high value contractual matters in addition to dealing with disputes. Prior to joining BAE Steve was an in- house laywer at Pilkingtons Plc.

Steve is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Law Society North West Commerce and Industry Group and is an associate member of the American Bar Association as well as being a solicitor.

David Kennon

Qualified in practice, exposure to a multitude of industry sectors and has worked across audit, financial accounting, tax and corporate finance.   David has a wealth of experience in helping start-ups grow into  multi-million pound turnover businesses.  David is a Business Analyst and Subject Matter Expert and Adviser in the creation of a bespoke accountancy software solution.


David runs the finance function for the strategic direction of the business, ensuring financial compliance requirements are met and financial information produced to aid the directors with the company strategy.

Liam Pearson

Liam's initial Accounting career in practice, begun in 2005, where he quickly rose to Senior Audit Manager. Achieving full membership with ACCA as a Certified Chartered Accountant.
He has experience working with a variety of different sized businesses and has also been given exposure to a wide range of roles.
In September 2018 he moved into industry and joined the finance team of Palladium Associates Limited, working closely with the Operations team to ensure detailed KPI reporting is provided to aid in the development of both short term and long term strategy of the company.

Fiona Irvine

Fiona is a Business Economics Graduate with a Masters Degree in Public Service Management and a Fellow of the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). She held position of HRD at First ScotRail and Interim HR Director at First Great western. Fiona has over 28 years of HR experience (both operational and as a consultant) with 14 years within the transport sector. 
Since 2014, she has been focused on bidding support across all modes of transport, including rail, metro, ferry and bus both in the UK and the Middle East. 
Fiona is passionate about making a positive contribution to the future of transport in the UK. 

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