Axis Academy appoints senior team members to lead new learning and development business

Duaine Taylor

Duaine Taylor

The Axis Academy has confirmed the appointment of its senior team following the launch of the new learning and development business. Duaine Taylor is the new head of learning and development, while Peter Morris has been appointed as The Axis Academy’s lead trainer. Both come to their new roles with a wealth of training and industry-related experience.

The Axis Academy has been set up to improve the skills and professionalism of all those employed by Axis Group companies and to drive up professional standards.

Taylor, who was previously the training manager for Axis Cleaning and Support Services, is now responsible for the learning and development of employees across the entire Axis Group and reports to Naomi Austen, Group HR and learning director. Responsible for the day-to-day management of the business, Taylor is also tasked with establishing new training regimes and working with expert trainers to devise bespoke courses which respond to the needs of employees and clients alike. He began his career in the military before entering the teaching and lecturing profession.

Peter Morris, who was until recently an assistant account manager with Axis Security, is a former Metropolitan Police Service detective who joined the private security industry back in 1999. Morris has a strong operational background and understanding of the challenges employees face on a day-to-day basis, as well as the typical expectations of the client. He holds several teaching qualifications and a Masters degree in Security Management.

Jonathan Levine, Group CEO, welcomes the new team member’s experience. “This is an exciting time for the business as we look to support our employees and their future career ambitions,” asserted Levine. “Investing in our people is absolutely key to driving positive change and the raising of professional standards across the cleaning, security and support services sectors.”

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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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