Gordon Brady has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at The Shield Group, while Eric Roberts takes on the role of managing director for the company’s Monitoring and Systems Division. Brady (pictured), who joined the company back in 2012 as managing director for national accounts, boasts more than 23 years’ security industry experience. As Chief Operating Officer, he will be responsible for The Shield Group’s manpower operations across the UK and Europe, ensuring customers continue to receive first class service and that they benefit from The Shield Group’s Total Security Solutions (TSS) model. In addition, Brady will be responsible for fostering employee alignment with clearly defined corporate goals and strategies. The announcement comes at an important juncture for the company. Brady has been an integral part of The Shield Group’s recent success and exponential growth, leading it to become one of the UK’s largest independent TSS providers with a portfolio that encompasses major clients such as the Imperial War Museum. Recently, The Shield Group also launched four strategic verticals, in turn combining traditional manpower and innovative technology to deliver intelligent, risk-based TSS to its customers. Management of national account portfolio John Roddy, CEO of The Shield Group, said:” We’re delighted that Gordon has accepted the role of Chief Operating Officer with The Shield Group. We have been very impressed with Gordon’s management of our developing national account portfolio and, in particular, his high standards of customer service and communication. We’re keen to ensure that our service maintains the highest level of performance, and we’re very confident that Gordon’s leadership will ensure this occurs in conjunction with our full Total Security Solutions service capability.” Dr Richie Nanda, global chairman of The Shield Group and Topsgrup, added:” Making Gordon Brady The Shield Group’s Chief Operating Officer was an easy decision to take. His experience and time with the organisation makes him the ideal candidate. Judging by Gordon’s contribution since joining the company, we’re confident in his ability to lead The Shield Group to even greater heights.” Speaking about his new role, Brady said:” I’m delighted to have been appointed Chief Operating Officer at The Shield Group. Since joining in 2012, I have seen the company transform into one of the UK’s leading security providers. The company’s innovative culture and commitment to excellence promote a progressive and co-operative environment. The company is in a position to lead the way in the industry, and I’m delighted to be a part of that. I look forward to working with the team to grow and enhance our reach in the UK and Europe.” Prior to joining The Shield Group, Brady spent 16 years with Rentokil Initial as UK retail director and six years with a national FM provider in the role of group operations director for the UK and Ireland. From 2006 to 2012, Brady worked in the FM sector where he was responsible for a number of key divisions including retail and commercial security guarding, overseeing account growth and development in both areas. At Initial Security, where Brady worked from 1990 to 2006, he served as national account director specialising in the retail sector and managing a UK portfolio worth over
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.