Cardinal Security heralds dawn of new era with appointment of Simon Chapman as CEO

Simon Chapman

Simon Chapman

Cardinal Security, the provider of “dynamic and innovative” security solutions, has announced the appointment of Simon Chapman as its new CEO. The move follows the introduction of a new ownership structure to take the organisation on to the next stage in its development.

With an illustrious career spanning over 30 years, Chapman joins Cardinal Security from Lodge Service, where he was sales director and subsequently managing director responsible for doubling the growth of the company in less than eight years.

Chapman has also served as sales director for G4S Secure Solutions and as sales and marketing director at Checkpoint Systems, where he worked for almost 17 years both here in the UK and abroad.

“Thanks to company founder and former CEO Jason Trigg’s hard work and vision over many years, Cardinal Security has gained an enviable reputation for its intelligence-led security guarding and loss prevention services across the retail and logistics industries,” commented Chapman. “By building on this success, my primary objective is to ensure that the company is the security solutions provider of choice for these vertical sectors and beyond.”

Chapman added: “In an industry dominated by either large-scale, multi-service providers or smaller regional operators, Cardinal Security will continue to provide a specialist service that’s tailored to the needs of its national customer base. We have a unique ability to offer a responsiveness and agility that others simply cannot match.”

Programme of investment

Chapman will spearhead a major programme of investment at Cardinal Security, starting with the redevelopment and expansion of the business’ headquarters in Great Chesterford, Essex. This will include the introduction of the Cardinal Training Academy – a Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Approved Centre offering security qualifications fully endorsed by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Over the next few months, the company will also introduce a state-of-the-art Control Room and advanced ‘Intelligence Centre’ – the hub of a unique intelligence-led security approach that will gather, process and leverage data on behalf of clients to provide greater insight into their security needs.

Chapman concluded: “It’s a very exciting time to be taking over the reins at Cardinal Security and it’s a challenge that I relish. With a new structure in place, we will be taking the business to the next level and delivering a more robust infrastructure to support our customers’ needs.”

Cardinal Security is an SIA Approved Contractor placed in the Top 5% of all security providers. The business employs over 1,800 personnel across the UK and Eire and has a turnover of more than £40 million per annum. Cardinal Security works with many leading High Street brands and has received several industry awards and accreditations, with the former including the prestigious Vendor of the Year Award at the Retail Fraud Awards 2015 and 2016.

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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