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Delivering Superior Training Since 1997

Who are we?

About us

Since forming DSTO has developed from exclusively training door supervisors to a multi-faceted operation offering a wide range of training courses within the security, retail, professional and hospitality industries. We are specialist in tailoring your training needs into bespoke courses for both management and staff, that can be delivered throughout the UK.

We were instrumental in the development of the National Certificate for Door Supervisors qualification and received an Outstanding Training Partnership Award at the SITO National Training Awards 2003 for our involvement with the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Delivering Superior Training since 1997…..

Many things have changed since 1997, but one thing that has always been, and will continue to remain the same is our dedication to provide exceptional service and good quality training in all aspects of our business.

DSTO continues to lead the market in SIA Door Supervisor, CCTV Operator & Security Guard training courses. This is due to the extensive industry knowledge of our management team and the quality of our training instructors.

Our continued success has been due to our belief that training should prepare the student for the reality of the job, rather than just how to pass an exam. So we only use quality trainers who have a wealth of sector experience.

We pride ourselves on our knowledge of the industry. We pay attention to detail and strive to ensure that our customers get the right training for their needs. We like to be judged on our complete service to our customers, so we place a high degree of importance on all aspects of this function. From the first point of contact with us we aim to answer customer queries and find solutions to all their training requirements.

We are dedicated to delivering excellent customer service while delivering the best training in the country for a number of sectors. To see how best we could help you, call us today.




Meet Our Team

Adrian Stephenson


Adrian has been involved with DSTO since it started training local Door Supervisors in Bournemouth in 1998. Subsequently he has seen the company grow into a national operator offering a range of Security/Leisure industry related qualifications. He is passionate about customer service and helping people to achieve their ambitions.

Outside of the work environment Adrian is a keen triathlete and also loves to spend time playing guitar.

Kate Stephenson

Kate has been a Director of DSTO since 2014 although she is more actively involved with Head 2 Toe Work-wear where she has worked since 2011 and manages the daily running of the shop. Although her main role is with Head 2 Toe she is enthusiastic about expanding both businesses while maintaining the customer service they have worked hard to achieve over the years. She loves to work with people – most of the time!

Kate is currently studying and will soon achieve her NVQ level 5 in Business Management and Leadership after that who knows! In her free time she loves beach walks, reading and  a gin and tonic (not necessarily in that order!)

Eddie Sidaway

Senior Trainer

Eddie has worked in the security industry since 1999 in a wide range of positions and his extensive experience makes him a much sought after trainer by our corporate clients.

He holds a Close Protection license and is also a fully registered martial arts instructor with the British Combat Association.  Eddie builds confidence in the trainees through a strong self introduction. Delegates naturally pick up on this confidence level, making them both respectful and ready to listen.


Shane Morgan


Shane Morgan is our premier CCTV (PSS) trainer and his exams results from delegates he has taught are excellent.

In 2013 Shane taught in excess of 200 students with just 6 of them failing the course first time. He also teaches our corporate security guard courses which  he also excels at and in the last year his success rate has been 100% which is a force to be reckoned with.

Shane has worked in mental health services and also worked in the security industry for a significant number of years. His diverse experience makes him an excellent trainer in the modern world.

Matthew Stait


Matthew Stait joined DSTO in April 2013 after being highly recommended form various sources including Aegis skills and one of our current trainers. He has been an active Door Supervisor since 1998 and went into the security industry full time in 2006 where he quickly progressed to Operations Manager for Armasec Security where he is currently employed.

Matt has worked in most Door Supervisor environment’s from high profile clubs to festival and is the owner of a martial arts school with three running across South Wales and South West England. He has extensive knowledge of Martial Arts and is very passionate in what he teaches.

Matt is a very welcome member of the DSTO team and we look forward to him working with us in the future and we are confident that his previous teaches skills will make him an exceptional trainer with DSTO.

Paul Ross


Paul has been working within the security industry for the last 20 years. He has worked in various sectors such as event security as a licensed door supervisor. He is also actively working as a Head Doormen at a local venue. Paul also works for Showtec and at the Bournemouth International Centre and O2 stadiums traveling the country.

Paul trains primarily door supervision but is also qualified to teach CCTV (PSS). He has significant experience in PIT work and has devised the Front of Stage (Pit)  training course for DSTO and trains up to 15 delegates at a time. This have proved popular with a lot of Event Companies, especially during the 2015 festival season.

Sinn Scheurmier

Sinn (short for Johnathan) is the company’s administrator and is working towards becoming a qualified Doorman.

In the last ten years he has, worked on the phones in customer service, been a qualified Financial Adviser, sold mobile phones, run a pub, been to university, managed a games store and written a book.

He’s still not sure exactly what he wants to do or where he wants to go, but he’s very happy at DSTO and hopes he’s finally found his feet.

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