About Astute

Astute is the training and risk management service from Axis Security. We provide a range of services,  ranging from online refresher training for security officers right through to a Level 4 formal qualification in security management. Our consultancy service provides a number of subject specific project options as well as a more traditional consultancy offering.


Richard Diston (6)Richard Diston is the Director of Astute. He holds a Masters with Distinction from Loughborough University and is currently studying for his Professional Doctorate in Security and Risk Management (DSyRM) at the Institute for Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth.

Richard has extensive experience in security and risk management. He has consulted with organisations as diverse as care homes, educational establishments and national retailers.


From a training perspective, Richard has developed and delivered training at all levels, from entry through to Board level. He has been speaker at numerous events on topics such as violence, security convergence and risk management.

Richard is passionate about providing reliable, practical advice that adds value to his clients, and this drives everything that Astute does.