Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm Carl Gibbard and, along with my old friend Steve Gilmartin, I pioneered the use of 'fog' in a security role in the early 1990s. Steve and I also founded Concept Smoke Screen.
I no longer take an active part in the running of the company, concentrating instead on what some people call an 'ambassadorial' role.
You really are spoiling us, ambassador. May we enquire: what's your background?
On leaving grammar school I started a career as a trainee accountant. That didn't last long. A short stint in the British Army stimulated my appetite for travel and a chance meeting in 1974 saw me travelling 6,000 miles to join the British South Africa Police in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe).
Returning to the UK a decade later, I worked for a defence contractor, travelling to various exotic locations around the globe. In the late 1980s I met Steve Gilmartin and in 1989 we decided to go off and do our own thing, tinkering with pyrotechnics and high explosives. In 1990 a chance meeting in the middle of a wet Kent field started us off down the fogging route and the rest is, as they say, history.