Alan Lovell takes reins as new chairman at support services firm Interserve Group

Alan Lovell

Alan Lovell

The Interserve Group has announced Alan Lovell’s appointment as the organisation’s new chairman. Lovell replaces Glyn Barker who has lead the company since March 2016. Lovell has held executive positions predominantly in the construction and energy sectors at companies including Tamar Energy, Infinis, Jarvis and the Constain Group. In addition to this, he served for four years as the national chair for the Consumer Council for Water. Lovell is a senior independent director of SIG plc.

Interserve Group CEO Debbie White commented: “On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Glyn for his service as chairman of Interserve. His leadership of the Board and valuable counsel has been vital during a period of significant challenge and change for the Group. We’re delighted to welcome Alan to Interserve. He brings a wealth of experience and has a strong track record of business improvement and transformation.”

In response to his appointment, Lovell observed: “I’m pleased to be joining Interserve at this exciting time. I look forward to working with the Board, and with Debbie White and her Executive Team, to continue delivering Interserve’s transformation and to capitalise on the significant opportunities ahead for the Group as a Best-in-Class partner to the public and private sector.”

In conclusion, Lovell added: “It’s a privilege to succeed Glyn who, during his time at Interserve, has made a tremendous contribution to the Group. I wish him all the very best for the future.”

At the same time, Mark Morris is to take on the role of CFO at the Interserve Group – whose security division is, of course, First Security – from 1 September. This appointment follows the previously announced decision by Mark Whiteling to step down to pursue his non-executive career.

Morris has many years of financial and leadership experience. He joins Interserve from Seadrill Limited, a NYSE-listed company where he was the CFO for the last three-and-a-half years, during that time leading the successful restructuring of the company.

Prior to this, Morris worked at Rolls-Royce plc for 28 years in various roles, most recently as CFO.

Morris brings with him considerable experience in transformation and restructuring and the key skills necessary to drive business performance.

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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