Other than web design, I have been unable to find a link between Richard Spencer and the STA [Specialist Training Authority].
Just checked with HMRC, there is no limited company in that name. However, he doesn't need to have a limited company to trade and I don't think the website mentions it is a limited company. In other words difficult to prove.
Originally Posted by hungryjoe
I do think we need to be a little careful here - I don't think that anyone has suggested that in any way his website design skills are bullshit - just his previous enterprise the ICA.
If he is making a living out of using legit skills then I wish him well.
However, after my initial (and brief) scan of the STA website there did seem certain similarities with the old ICA website (e.g. anonymous or semi-anonymous management as well as initials for people recommending the site).
We shall see.
Despite the similarities to the old ICA; that's the only "link" I've managed to find. If this HSG has taken it upon themselves to offer training, then that's up to them.
If Mr Spenser can make a good business as a web design sole trader then best of luck to him.
For the sake of diligence tho, I'll continue till I run out of leads. I don't think that'll be long to be honest.
For what it's worth, since the training director has been named, his initials have been removed from the STA board members page.
This is classic Spencer tactics but without clear link; I got nothing.
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Hate to say it but it does look very similar even down to the wording. Again the claim about being a "governing body" - similar to what the ICA was proposing. Again the vague mention around international law.
Originally Posted by Cake of Doom
Claims to have 201-500 members and been in existance since 2000. I can probably check that with HMRC.
I hope that this is not a rehash of the ICA.
If you could check with HMRC that'd be great. I found no entries with Companies House.
Ditto - just gone on and checked. I'll have a look around and see if there is another company behind this
Originally Posted by Cake of Doom
Specialist Training Authority
Hmmm deja vu.
I notice that the STA is offering a BTEC Advanced Private Investigation & Special Tactics Level 3 Course. For those of you outside of the UK BTEC's are a UK vocational training qualification.
Very few details of the course other than this screen shoot.
The ICA did something similar with Highfield a UK distance learning specialist. I contacted Highfield and the ICA very shortly afterwards removed any mention of them from their website.
I am currently investigating the legitimacy of this qualification and the STA's ability to provide it.
Hopefully I will be proved wrong and it is completely legitimate.
The STA LinkedIN page is now a closed group. I'm getting the same feeling of deja vu as you.
Possible STA Link to Ashida Kim
Been having a few offline conversations around this. We seem to have uncovered a potential US link to Spencer and his new organisation the STA.
Below is a screenshot of the STA page mentioning their US lead one Lee Parris:
I've done a bit of Google Fu on Mr Parris and if he is who I think he is - I could be wrong then he is this guy.
There is also another Lee Paris who is an MMA fighter - it appears to be no connection.
What peaked my interest is that Mr Parris has links to the Black Dragon Fighting Society - yes you have guessed it - Bullshido's old friends Ashida Kim and Frannk Dux.
From Parris's LinkedIn profile he is also claiming a military background.
Need a bit of help from you US Bullies here:
- Does anyone know of Lee Parris?
- Is his military background legit?
- He claims a lot of "tactical" experience - is it genuine?