Our advisors

We appreciate and thank the public that have supported our work. To operate the diverse range of services that we do requires practical and academic skills in the areas of policing and crime prevention, as well as the ability to deal with government. We are grateful therefore to our advisors who have bought special skills and experience within their professions to Safe Communities Algarve, to supplement those of the Board and help us develop further.

We are always interested to hear from anyone who feels that they maybe able to help our association, and thereby the community, through any particular professional skills or experience they may have.



  • Chris Sretton – Security Advisor

    Chris moved to the Algarve after 25 years service with the UK Royal Air Force Police which included two senior appointments with NATO, the last as Head of Security for Allied Command Operations. This was followed by six years with a UN agency –  the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) –  where he was the Head of Security and the Organisation’s Principal Security Advisor. It was during his time that he and his security management team were contributing members of the OPCW 2013 Nobel Peace Prize winning team that successfully delivered the complete elimination of chemical weapons in war-torn Syria.  He has been a member of both NATO’s and the UN’s security policy committees and has authored several major security and disaster management (Consequence Management) reports for the UK and NATO

  • Dra. ana Silva

    Ana Isabel Sebastião Dias da Silva, was born in November 1975. Since a young girl she wanted to treat and protect animals, so decided to be a Veterinarian. She graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 1999, she holds a Masters in Veterinary Public Health since 2002 and completed an MBA in 2016. Ana has considerable experience working in Veterinary Medicine Clinics, first in Lisbon and since 2004 in Monchique, in her own veterinary clinic. Had also worked in Sonae in Quality Control at a fish market, from 1999 to 2001 and in Alicontrol in projects on the fish market, from 2001 to 2004. Since 2014 is also working on Municipio de Monchique, coordinating the department of Veterinary and Public Health, where is developing projects on the animal welfare, especially concerning cats. She advises SCP on animal matters, including animal cruelty issues, and helps with communication.

  • Professor Maria Bras

    Maria is a Clinical Psychologist and  Social Anthropologist. She has a Masters degree in Health Psychology and a PHD in Psychology. She has undertaken training on Tourism Oriented Policing Protection services in the USA. She is currently a Professor, Senior Lecturer and a researcher at the University of Algarve, and has been involved in a number of studies concerning crime and public security and has provided training for the Public Security Police (PSP).