Ward Security appoints Paul Barnard as director of security, risk and mitigation

Paul Barnard

Paul Barnard

Ward Security has appointed Paul Barnard in the role of security, risk and mitigation director for the business. In this newly-created role, Barnard will be actively involved in security risk assessment and management as well as the design of effective client contingency planning.

Paul Barnard has spent the last 27 years working for the City of London Police and was latterly Detective Chief Superintendent for the Crime Directorate where he served as head of serious and organised crime investigations.

During his time with the City of London Police, Barnard operated at the highest level, establishing relationships with senior policy advisors, briefing ministers and working with officials at the Home Office. He has also been at the forefront of delivering new and proactive solutions to crime and, for the last four years, has been directly involved in the creation of national security strategies to mitigate, prepare for and protect against acts of terrorism.

Indeed, Barnard identified the need to establish a Counter-Terrorism Strategy for the City of London Police and led on delivering key projects, creating strategic partnerships and modernising teams in the delivery of new strategies.   He’s a recognised expert in the realms of cyber crime strategy.

Speaking about his new role at Ward Security, Barnard informed Risk UK: “During the last four years, my role has been extensively involved with security and counter-terrorism. As a key provider in the market, Ward Security has worked collaboratively and strongly with the Metropolitan Police Service. Its approach to sharing information and providing intelligent security solutions has always impressed me. I’m now looking forward to applying my experience and knowledge in order to help Ward Security continue to grow and provide its clients with the most current security advice and support available.”

David Ward, CEO at Ward Security, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Paul to our team. His knowledge of counter-terrorism and security is outstanding and will ensure that we continue to deliver the best solutions for our clients based on the most current and strategic thinking in the market.”

Ward added: “We’re constantly looking at ways in which to better support our clients and provide the best operational effectiveness for them. Having an expert of Paul’s calibre join the company will ensure that we continue to deliver proactive and robust security solutions across the board.”

Barnard will now work alongside the operations team, taking up his duties in January 2018. In his new role at Ward Security, he’ll ensure the implementation of cost-effective and efficient measures designed to protect the personnel, assets and reputation of clients’ businesses, focus on planning, designing and implementing overall security risk management processes and also immerse himself in client contingency planning procedures.

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.

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