Council of International Investigators
Board Members and Officers

Below is the current list of CII Board members and officers:


altSachit Kumar

New Delhi India

Sachit Kumar is a second generation investigator and businessman, directing the operations of Globe Detective Agency in New Delhi. He is Commerce graduate from Bangalore, India and a Post Graduate in Business Administration from the Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow. Thereafter, he joined Globe Detective Agency Private Limited in 1987. Over the years, he has contributed immensely in the growth of the Globe Group. As its name implies, Globe is world renowned in investigation matters. Globe is India’s first and largest Investigation Agency, currently having 5000 employees and 20 branches all across India. Sachit was awarded the Investigations – Entrepreneur of the Year award by Mr. Shivraj Patil, Honourable Home Minister of the Government of India in Bangalore in the year 2008. He was also awarded Lifetime Achievement Award in Investigations by Smt. Pratibha Patil, former President of India in New Delhi in the year 2012. Sachit was a member of the CII Executive Board and was an organizing host of the 61st AGM Conference at New Delhi in the year 2015. He also serves as the Vice Chairman of the APDI (Association of Private Detectives and Investigators).He is the Director of the Globe Group and currently based in New Delhi, India.

Elected as President in 2019 and 2020.  Term expires 2021.  Previously served two terms as President 2015 -  2017 and six years as Board Member. 
Email Sachit at sachitk[email protected]

Vice President:

altToine Goorts

The Netherlands

Toine Goorts, CII, CPU is the owner of Goorts Onderzoek & Consultancy, a small flexible company specialized in IP related investigations, insurance fraud and due diligence. For 20 years Toine was an investigator / surveillance operator with the Koninklijke Marechaussee (Dutch Military Police)  and for the last 10 years a member of the BSB, a Special Unit that fights heavy crime and terrorism internationally. One of the other tasks of the BSB is providing Close Protection details to Members of State, Ambassadors, Attachés. Toine has been a team leader with the surveillance teams and CP teams, both nationally and internationally during which time he made a lot of interesting trips and met a lot of international VIP’s .  Since 1999 Toine has worked a Private Investigator and started his own company in 2004. As a former Assistant Prosecutor I am really interested in LAW and therefor still trying to gain as much as possible knowledge of the interaction between the Law and the Private Investigation regulations.                                                        

Appointed to the Board January 2016. Elected to a full term in 2017 and  2020.                              Term expires 2023  Contact Toine at [email protected]


altMelissa A. Kelley-Hilton
Florida, USA

Melissa A. Kelley-Hilton has 20 years of experience in corporate due diligence and background investigations. In addition to her affiliation with the Council, she is a licensed private investigator by the New York Department of State and a Certified Fraud Examiner and member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She has been recognized by numerous groups for her excellence in business and investigations, such as: M&A Advisor - Recipient of the 7th Annual Emerging Business Leaders Awards, 2016; Corporate Vision Magazine - Businesswoman Award for Best Woman Run Company (USA), 2017; Stevie Awards - Maverick of the Year Bronze Winner, 2017; Colorado Biz Magazine - Top 25 Young Professionals, 2018 and Influential Businesswoman Awards - Information Services EVP of the Year, 2018. Elected to the Board September 2018. Term expires September 2021
Contact Melissa at [email protected]


John C. Withers
Northern Ireland, UK

John is based in Northern Ireland and is a second-generation investigator, becoming the managing director of the family business Priority International in April 2013. He originally joined the business in 1991, completing an extensive internship in the early 1990s throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom. He has experience in international research screening and due diligence in the commercial, financial and industrial sectors. He became a certified international investigator in 2016 and has been the CII Regional Director for Ireland & UK since 2018. John is also a qualified commercial diver which led to being part of the UK Governments, British Antarctic Survey from 2002 to 2012. Initially as field dive officer, he then joined the management team as a Base Commander and was appointed a British Antarctic Territory Magistrate from 2005 to 2012.

Elected to the Board October 2019. Term expires October 2022
Contact John at [email protected]


Board Members


altHowie Griffiths
Republic of South Africa

Howie Griffiths is the third generation owner of SSC (established in 1962) and has been in business for nearly 60 years making us one of South Africa’s oldest security investigation concerns. SSC a Pan-African corporate intelligence firm headquartered in Johannesburg South Africa offers professionally delivered, bespoke Business Intelligence & Security Solutions to clients in all sectors of the emerging markets in Africa and Globally. Howie Griffiths has been actively involved in the South African security industry for over 35 years and has been personally involved in some of the company’s largest cases. These include investigations into matters involving grand fraud, industrial espionage, counter intelligence and surveillance. Howie Griffiths is also the co-owner SSC Training that provides Hostile Environment Awareness Training (H.E.A.T.) courses to corporate travelers to prepare themselves with the self-reliance and survival knowledge necessary to address risks and challenges inherent in operating in unfamiliar and hostile environments with confidence. A graduate of the South African Institute of Security (SAIS), he was also past chairman of the Gauteng Branch of the South African Security Association (SASA,) where he sat on SASA’s National Council. He is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, South African Chapter. At the 2018 CII Annual General Meeting held in Hong Kong 28th August through September 1, Howie Griffiths was elected to the International CII Board. Howie also retains his CII Africa Region 3 Director position which he has held for the past 2 years.
Elected to the Board September 2018. Term expires September 2021
Contact Howie at [email protected]

altNancy S. Barber

San Francisco CA, USA

Nancy S. Barber founded Glass Key Investigations in 1988. Glass Key Investigations provides investigative services for matters involving toxic tort, environmental, land use, elder abuse and civil litigation. The firm conducts corporate research, witness locate and trial support. Ms. Barber holds a Forensic Environmental Investigation Certification., B.A. in Spanish, a M.A. in Latin American Studies, a Paralegal Certificate and a nursing home ombudsman certification. She has served as in instructor in environmental law and paralegal training. Glass Key Investigations was awarded fees in a public land use action filed in U.S. District Court case in which the firm donated pro-bono services to a plaintiff's action against the federal government. Ms. Barber is a member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI), National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI), Council of International Investigators (CII) and National Council of Investigation and                                                                Security Services (NCISS).

Elected to the Board September 2018. Term expires September 2021
                                                        Contact Nancy at [email protected]


altGalen Clements - Also Executive Regional Director

Delaware, USA

Galen R. Clements spent twenty-six years in Law Enforcement with the Philadelphia Police Department as a member of the SWAT Unit and Burglary/Robbery Squads and the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office holding positions/ranks that included Detective, Detective Sergeant, Director of Investigations and Supervisor of the Dangerous Drug Offenders Unit (DDOU) in the Narcotics Enforcement Division. Mr Clements frequently testified as a fact and expert witness in the use of electronic surveillance methods in prosecuting Corrupt Organizations; money laundering and white collar crimes and managed a large staff of Law Enforcement Agents during sophisticated/complex investigations at the Federal, State and Local levels.  Mr Clements has extensive training and professional credits in relation to Criminal Investigations; Narcotics Enforcement and Economic Crime and he is a member of many professional organizations including the Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit (LEIU); Army & Navy Club (RAG) in United Kingdom; the Council of International Investigators (CII); National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI), World Association of Detectives and the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.  Mr  Clements earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration and served three tours in the Republic of Vietnam while in the United States Army.
Elected to the Board 2019.  Term Expires 2022
Email Galen at [email protected]


Yosh Wong

Hong Kong

Yosh Wong was born, raised and educated in the United Kingdom, with a master’s degree in law.  He joined the security and corporate investigations industry in 1999, and over the years, he managed several Hong Kong based consulting companies, before incorporating Suzzess Limited.  Suzzess is headquartered in Hong Kong, covering China, Macau, Taiwan and through trusted associates, the Asia Pacific region.  Yosh specializes in corporate due diligence assignments, handling over 5,000 projects in the past 20 years and is frequently retained to handle complex fraud and cross-border investigations by clients.  He currently serves clients with global due diligence contracts, international law firms and a leading restructuring & insolvency advisory group.  Yosh has been a Certified member of the Council since 2015, appointed Regional Director for the Far East (Region 4) in 2018 and elected to the Board during the Milan AGM in 2019.  In addition to the Council, he is a member of a number of organizations, including the International Intelligence Network and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.  Moving forward, Yosh will continue contributing to the success of the Council.
Appointed to the Board October 2019. Elected to the Board 2020. Term expires October 2023.
Contact Yosh at [email protected]

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Niclas Franklin


Niclas Franklin joined CII in 2011 and has attended every AGM since 2012 and many Regional Meetings. Niclas hosted the 2016 AGM in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Niclas' background in law enforcement helped him launch his own enterprise, Investigation Services Europe AB, a business he founded 16 years ago. Niclas' areas of specialty include backgrounds, surveillance and forensics.  He has worked in anti-counterfeiting, fire/explosion analysis and insurance investigations. Niclas is excited to be on the Board and anxious to share his marketing and business experiences with other members.

Elected to the Board 2020. Term expires October 2023

Contact Niclas at [email protected]


Immediate Past President:

altDavid MacLeod

Melbourne Australia

David is the Managing Director of Macil Group, a Melbourne based Investigation firm servicing all of Australia. David has over 25 years experience in insurance investigations both nationally and internationally. Services offered include, Factual Investigations, Surveillance, Litigation Support, Due Diligence, Locates and Workplace Bullying and Harassment Investigations. David has also been involved in conducting high profile investigations for large organizations. David also holds qualifications in Occupational Heath & Safety and Risk Management. In his spare time David enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, going to the football and travel.   David is excited about his appointment to the Board and is eager to contribute to the success of the Council.

Contact David at [email protected]