Securitas has appointed a new Human Resources (HR) director who will support the UK business in achieving its strategy for growth and commercial success. Karen Morris-Lanz joins the company from Waponi’s HR function and brings with her a wealth of HR consultancy experience across a broad range of business sectors.
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Morris-Lanz will now be responsible for the overall HR strategy across the security business.
During her time at Waponi, Morris-Lanz recently worked with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to support the set-up of the British Business Bank. She has also held roles at Network Rail, with major retailers (among them Marks and Spencer and Next) and has gained experience across both central and local Government.
At the Ministry of Justice, Morris-Lanz led a complex programme of change, advising on a detailed enforcement and compliance project and restructuring operation.
In conversation with Risk UK, Morris-Lanz said of her role at Securitas: “I’m looking forward to supporting Securitas’ new global change from being a traditional security guarding company to becoming a leading international business specialising in protective services based on people, technology and knowledge. How we can combine our people skills with technology solutions will be the focus of that change, and this is an area about which I’m particularly excited.”
Morris-Lanz added: “We are set to challenge the view of the ‘traditional’ security industry and set new standards. It’s extremely exciting to be part of this move. The executive team here is supportive of the Conservative Government’s recent announcement on the National Living Wage. We want to invest in all our people and support a new way of thinking about what it means to be employed in the security business sector.”
In response, Brian Riis Nielsen – Country President at Securitas – explained: “I’m delighted to welcome Karen to this pivotal role at a time of exciting growth and investment for the company. She’s an accomplished leader with a track record of delivering extensive business and organisational change in highly complex environments. There’s no doubt that Karen will be a valuable asset to the team, helping our people to achieve their maximum potential while at the same time providing an excellent service to our customers.”
A published author, Morris-Lanz has written Employing and Managing People (published by Pitman and, later, Pearson) and served as specialist consultant on – and the editor of – the popular Which Guide to Employment.
Morris-Lanz will be based at Securitas’ recently-completed £15 million Security Operations Centre in Milton Keynes.