Who We Are

Our Story

Hill & Associates has been operating for more than 26 years, with offices in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

We are owned by G4S plc, the world’s largest private security company, but operate completely independently. Our management, legal and information technology structures are protected by inter-company agreements to protect confidential client information.

Our Team

Our strength is the breadth of our Asia-based team and depth of local knowledge. Our staff of more than 150 includes experts from around the world in fields ranging from law, accounting and banking to military, intelligence and computer forensics and cybersecurity. All adhere to strict ethical and internal codes of conduct. Discretion, effectiveness and professionalism make our team – individually and as a unit – your threat mitigation specialists and trusted adviser.

Meet some of our team members.

John Bruce

Managing Director

John Bruce runs our Corporate Intelligence service line, which encompasses business intelligence and integrity and background checks. In addition to this, he has specific responsibility for gaming related due diligence, having become involved in the gaming industry due to the burgeoning expansion in worldwide gaming that took place alongside the expansion of the worldwide web. He has considerable experience in providing independent consulting services to companies in the gaming industry on the nature of the industry in Asia.

Nick Duder

President Director

Served in the Royal Hong Kong Police from 1983-1992 and Co-founded Renful Associates (RA) in 1992, consulting to clients across S.E. Asia. In 1996 helped to establish the Indonesia subsidiary, that including a comprehensive 24 x 7 operation to better support clients during the civil unrest of 1998. In 1999 returned to Hong Kong as Group Operations Director for the transition from RA to Hill & Associates (H&A). In 2000 seconded to the USA office on a business development initiative meeting clients across the Americas. In 2001 appointed as Regional Director for the Middle East & South Asia Region (MESA) and established H&A’s Dubai office, travelling extensively on client engagements and business development initiatives. In 2003, returned to Indonesia as President Director and in 2006 became Group Head of Risk Intelligence and Travel Risk Management before resuming the role of President Director in 2014.

Shirley Co

Corporate Intelligence

Shirley leads the Corporate Intelligence team in Hong Kong. She has extensive experience in advising companies on market entry strategies and business development in Greater Asia and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Hill & Associates, Shirley was the Managing Director for the State of Ohio Office of East and Southeast Asia for over 13 years, where she oversaw and coordinated the trade and investment opportunities for the State of Ohio as well as assisting Ohio companies with their market entry and development. Shirley has also held positions at the Embassy of Malaysia in the Philippines, as well as import and export companies in the Philippines and Hong Kong. Shirley has an MBA in International business, and speaks fluent English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien and Filipino.

Ian Betts

Risk Intelligence

Ian joined Hill & Associates in 2007, and has served as Country Manager in Indonesia, supporting multinational clients and initiating the innovative Viewpoint Report. Ian was relocated to London as the Global Head of Risk Analysis at G4S Risk Consulting. There, he was responsible for developing GIS, an online knowledge portal providing worldwide geopolitical intelligence on threats. Ian is a frequent speaker on terrorism and counter extremism, shipping and maritime risk, critical national infrastructure, and border security. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and a Master’s degree in International Studies (Political Islam). In January 2017, Ian returned as Country Manager in Thailand.