Dardan Security appoints former British Army commander Andrew Buxton as head of client services

Andrew Buxton

Andrew Buxton

Security Industry Authority Approved Contractor Dardan Security has appointed former British Army commander of intelligence and surveillance, Major Andrew Buxton, as the company’s new head of client services. With over 30 years’ operational experience within the British Army, Buxton is ideally placed to provide a level of insight that’s seldom found within such roles in the private security industry.

A former chief instructor at Sandhurst, Buxton joins Dardan Security after finishing his career in the Royal Anglian Regiment as head of intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance for a 1,000-strong battle grouping. In 2015, he was mentioned in the New Year Honours List for the instrumental part he played in creating the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) contribution to the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy first activated by the Prime Minister in response to the Manchester Arena terror attack.

In his new role, Buxton will help to provide integrated security solutions which combine the best in security guarding and new technologies. He will also help to identify potential new business opportunities for Dardan Security.

Buxton holds an MBA and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Management, is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of The Security Institute.

Speaking about his new role, Buxton told Risk Xtra: “As well as my Master’s degree, I’ve also completed eight months of post-graduate study at the Defence Academy. Moving into the next phase of my career, I wanted to be surrounded by like-minded people and be in a role which allows me to use the skills I’ve gained.”

Buxton will also work alongside Dardan Security’s recently appointed UK training manager Roger Clarke who brings with him 30 years’ experience of working within hostage and crisis negotiation training and management for the police service.

Philip Anthony, managing director of Cambridge-based Dardan Security, commented: “Bringing someone of Andrew’s background and expertise into the company is extremely important in the expansion and continued development of our business and the services it offers. Andrew’s appointment will help us to continue our growth and provide unparalleled levels of insight, knowledge and training to our clients.”

During his time with the Royal Anglian Regiment, Buxton gained 30 years’ operational experience from multiple tours of Northern Ireland, the Balkans, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Focused on overt and covert surveillance, intelligence and reconnaissance, and primarily in hostile environments, he has significant experience of identifying threats and vulnerabilities and creating systems to mitigate risk. He was also the MoD’s principal planner for the design and implementation of regional contingency plans for the protection of Critical National Infrastructure in the South East and the MoD’s operational lead for its contribution to flood relief operations back in 2014.

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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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