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Brendan McGarrity joins Evolution as head of business’ Risk and Design Division

Brendan McGarrity

Brendan McGarrity

Evolution, the integrated fire and security business, has appointed Brendan McGarrity as head of the company’s dedicated Risk and Design Division to provide industry-leading security design and specification services to third party integrators, installers and clients.

Launched in 2017, the Risk and Design Division is harnessing Evolution’s industry and technical knowledge, alongside its expert design skills, in order to provide clients with the most appropriate solution designed to meet their needs with systems that can deliver exactly what they set out to achieve.

Since its inception, the Risk and Design Division has been using its skilled team to help installers, clients and other consultants. It has been proving that there’s a new – and better – approach towards designing and specifying a solution: one that relies on a true partnership with a business that can be fully accountable and responsible for designing the most appropriate systems for the client’s requirements.

Analytical and operational expertise

Richard Lambert, managing director of Evolution, explained: “Brendan brings his proven analytical and operational expertise as a highly experienced professional in all areas of security design and execution. He will be leading in the development of ISO-compliant solutions to mitigate risks, including business process design and policy definition. He’ll also play an important role in steering clients through the challenges raised by the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation, and in particular its impact on public space monitoring.”

McGarrity spent 24 years in the Royal Air Force as a bomb disposal officer, and is therefore no stranger to high-risk environments. More recently, he has been operating in the private sector as a security consultant with Four Group. In this role, McGarrity worked with high-profile organisations, helping them to demonstrate that they use their CCTV systems transparently.

Indeed, McGarrity worked in tandem with Marks and Spencer, helping the popular High Street retail business to become the first in its sector to obtain the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s surveillance camera certification and show compliance with the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice.

Working with the end user

“Having been in the security sector for some seven years and working with FTSE 100 businesses to identify and mitigate risks, I know that there’s a better way for designers and system integrators to work with their end users,” asserted McGarrity. “Businesses need systems that are appropriate for the task for which they’re designed, and not ones that are over-engineered or otherwise developed such that they add unnecessary cost or degrees of complexity. I’m hugely excited about helping Evolution in a Risk and Design Division that allows the technical experts to come together with clients and third parties and truly understand both their needs and requirements ahead of creating solutions that are genuinely Best in Class.”

Evolution’s Risk and Design Division provides ‘traditional’ security consultancy services from original design through to commissioning, as well as realising all necessary documentation to support the tender process. It makes maximum use of the latest 3D Building Information Modelling techniques used in modern construction projects.

Evolution’s team of consultants works with clients who have different experiences of risk, from high-end Government and critical infrastructure concerns through to large commercial or industrial complexes.

Individuals within the team have a developed knowledge of i-LIDS, CPNI and ATEX as well as expertise in a host of other guidelines, benchmarks and directives such that they can operate effectively in high-security environments.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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