AKD Team

Director of AKD Kosovo

Senior Consultant


Phil Jowett MBE is a decorated veteran who completed 26+ years’ service with the British Armed Forces, Corp of Royal  Engineers. Phil specialised in Combat Engineering, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED), Chemical, Biological, Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) special projects and Counter Terrorist Search (CTS). On leaving the military Phil transitioned into the Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) sector where he has established himself as an operator, trainer and course design specialist.


His experience has seen him conduct EOD work within UK and abroad, both on and offshore, deployments include; South Sudan, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Kosovo and Ukraine... For the past 2 years Phil has focused on developing EOD / CIED / IEDD training syllabus, working closely with MAT Kosovo EOD School and GICHD to define and hone training programs and skills competencies.


Phil has developed and compiled IMAS EOD courses from level 1 to 3+, CIED, IEDD and search; Risk management, and Technical Survey training programs for multiple agencies worldwide, including commercial and NGO organisations.

He is passionate about the quality of instruction and ensuring personnel are adequately prepared for conducting operations. Highly trained individuals do not fail, they get the job done and help build clients reputation.

This has seen him developing a facility in Kosovo to continue offering world class teaching for the  provision of security and K9 specialties. His depth of knowledge of both design and delivery of training, field operations and management make him an invaluable QA asset for any client seeking truly independent robust Quality Assurance for their projects and services. Especially those working to NOS and IMAS.

Director of AKD UK 

K9 Consultant and Senior Adviser

Gavin Hepworth has an unrivaled reputation within the global K9 community. Gavin has been actively researching and developing K9 detection training techniques for over 40 years and has in his time trained many thousands of dogs and handlers.


Gavin is known for his direct and honest approach to delivering high end state of the art training which is both innovative and unique. Working with engineering, electronics and scientific experts Gavin has developed a new scent wall capability which is able to imprint K9 assets 5 to 6 times faster than conventional imprinting techniques.


Gavin is seen by the K9 community as the go to guy should you have a K9 conundrum requiring a solution. Often trained handler will bring a K9 asset to him to resolve an issue they are unable to fix.


Gavin is now sat on the NaCTSO K9 review board as a senior adviser representing ADK where he is a key voice for the development of capability going forward within the UK. Gavin continues to push the boundaries of K9 training for the betterment of the industry and is AKD's leading K9 specialist.

David Salisbury has worked within the K9 community for over 50 years. He has an unparalleled standing for his work and expertise in K9 search and rescue and human remains search. David is a perfectionist, never one to accept second best or compromise his exacting standards; a reputation which has stayed with him throughout his K9 career.

​David is now a retired Police officer however; it was as a serving policeman that his career with K9s began; as a parks police dog handler. His love of dogs and his passion for K9 operations and detection drove his desire to be the very best. David trained his dogs to the point of perfection entering and winning many police competitions; becoming national champion many times. David has authored many papers and featured in a numerous publication for his service and dedication to the ongoing development of K9 capability.

​David continues to work within the K9 industry as a leading K9 trainer specialising, focusing on emergency search and rescue, underwater and cadaver search. ADK are extremely fortunate to have David as one of our lead K9 trainers and advisers.

K9 Consultant and

Lead Instructor

Our team is constantly expanding