Ward Security strengthens client-facing team with appointment of Julian Roche

Julian Roche

Julian Roche

Ward Security has appointed Julian Roche to the role of director in a move designed to reflect the company’s ambitious plans to become the security supplier of choice in London as well as its overriding commitment to strengthen the business’ client-facing team as it continues to experience strong organic growth.

Roche is the company’s second high-profile hire this year following the appointment of Paul Barnard as director of security, risk and mitigation to support clients with counter-terrorism planning. Roche will focus on assisting City-based clients, allowing operations director Dan Liddiard to manage the company’s national portfolio.

Roche was formerly regional director at Ultimate Security and joins the team at Ward Security armed with 30 years of operational experience in the security sector. His track record includes the setting up and operation of the security regime at The Shard, one of London’s most prestigious and now iconic skyline buildings. Roche was also instrumental in managing the security mobilisation for the Olympic Village in preparation for London 2012 on behalf of LOCOG. This key role included overseeing the successful transition of the Olympic Park from a construction site to a corporate environment.

“We’re committed to being the best quality supplier of security services in the City, with our recent Approved Contractor Scheme audit score of 170 from the Security Industry Authority’s inspection team underpins this commitment, in turn firmly placing us in the Top 1-2% of all security companies in the UK,” enthused Kevin Ward, managing director of Ward Security. “Over the last 12 months, our business expansion has continued along with our need to recruit senior personnel who can both assist the day-to-day operations team and have the skill set needed to plan robust security strategies. It’s crucial that, when we experience growth in the business, we also have the correct infrastructure in place to ensure the quality of our service will never be compromised regardless of the number, size or scope of the projects we’re managing at any one time.”

Ward concluded: “Julian’s extensive experience of running the security for complex and high-profile sites fits in extremely well with client needs. His skills allow us to provide a very strong and knowledgeable client team.”

Speaking about his new role, Roche informed Risk UK: “Ward Security has an excellent track record and reputation in the security industry. It’s an exciting time to join the business and be part of its progression. I’m impressed by how the company is using the latest technology to assist and inform clients on operational activities, as well as how the business ensures that quality and Best Practice is built into every client contract.”

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.

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