Securitas has announced the appointment of Valerie Dale as the company’s new Human Resources director who will support the business in achieving its strategies for growth and commercial success. Dale joins Securitas from G4S Secure Solutions (UK) and brings over 20 years’ Human Resources (HR) experience to the role, 14 of which have been spent in HR management positions. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Dale will be responsible for the overall HR strategy at the company. Having worked in the security sector for over six years now, Dale has helped to develop industry standards. Speaking about the appointment, Brian Riis Nielsen (Country President at Securitas and managing director for the UK and Ireland operation) said:” We’re really pleased to have Valerie on board. She will be a key service provider and, along with her team, will consistently support the business to attract, retain, motivate and develop our people such that they can achieve their maximum potential and provide an exceptional service to our customers.” Autonomy, accountability and innovation for employees Dale herself commented:” Securitas has a very well respected reputation in the industry and, following his success in Denmark, Brian’s appointment means that we have a clear security solutions strategy and a structure that enables autonomy, accountability and innovation for our employees to deliver that strategy.” Dale continued:” We’re hoping to expand on the company’s already well-established training and development programmes and ensure an overall HR strategy that’s in tune with the business’ philosophy. We’ll also continue to work closely with industry bodies such as the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), Skills for Security and the Security Industry Authority.” In a pro bono capacity, Valerie Dale is the vice chair of the BSIA’s HR Committee, a non-executive Board director at Skills for Security and the chair for its Security Guarding Sector Consultation Group. ” I’m really looking forward to being a key part of making Securitas successful through its people, systems and processes,” concluded Dale.” There are lots of initiatives in all three areas that we can implement in order to achieve this.”
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.