The Board of ASIS International’s UK Chapter 208 has informed the security profession that David Clark CPP PCI PSP FISRM FInstLM, head of security and logistics at The Francis Crick Institute and chairman of the UK Chapter for the last four years, passed away in hospital during the early hours of Monday 14 October following a short illness.
Clark harboured a proven track record of designing and delivering global strategic and operational security and resilience programmes for several high-profile private and public sector organisations specifically designed to increase security effectiveness and reduce risk.
During his career, Clark worked for many top tier organisations, among them Allied Universal, the South Bank Employers Group, Bloomberg and Whitehall Security Services. At The Francis Crick Institute, where he was in direct charge of 50-plus members of staff, Clark designed and implemented the organisation’s security and risk programme. For Allied Universal, where he reported directly to the CEO, Clark was instrumental in 90% of the company’s locations being reduced to a low risk status.
In the role of security and risk manager for the South Bank Employers Group, Clark oversaw the installation of physical risk mitigation solutions and also implemented a bespoke risk mitigation strategy.
Clark was a prominent figure in the wider security industry and, to his great credit, devoted much of his time to its advancement. As stated, he served as the chairman of ASIS International’s UK Chapter 208 for four years, was a member of the CSO Centre and a London First SRN Advisory Board member and also served for two years as chairman of The Security Commonwealth.
In addition, Clark was a member of the Security Industry Authority’s Strategic Forum, a member of AUCSO, the Association of Security Consultants, Project Griffin’s National Executive Board and, indeed, the Internet of Things Security Forum.
Importantly, Clark was a passionate supporter of many industry initiatives including the ongoing desire for a reduction in knife crime. He was a fervent supporter of increased diversity and inclusion across the security business sector, and was always helpful towards those transitioning from backgrounds in the Armed Forces to a career in the security world.
Indeed, Clark was proud to serve in the Welsh Guards for five years as part of the British Army.
Clark’s loss to the industry cannot be overstated. Above all else, he was a family man, a respected leader, a valued colleague and a great friend to many.
The thoughts and sympathies of everyone here at Pro-Activ Publications and Risk Xtra are with David’s family and many friends at this extremely sad time.