Jane Farrell, head of security at Sodexo for the UK and Ireland, was unanimously elected chairman of the International Professional Security Association (IPSA), the longest-established security Trade Association in the UK’s security business sector, at the recent meeting of IPSA’s International Council in London on Thursday 27 July.
Farrell, who becomes the first female chairman in IPSA’s 59-year history, has been serving as the organisation’s deputy chairman since 2014.
Justin Bentley, IPSA’s CEO, said: “I’m delighted that Jane has been elected as chairman of the Association. She has been steadily increasing her involvement in IPSA since joining, and her familiarity with both the Association and the security industry make her the ideal person to keep us moving forward. Her vast experience in training and quality fit perfectly with the ethos of the Association.”
Bentley went on to state: “On Monday 11 September at BMA House, Tavistock Square in London, the Association will be holding its Annual General Meeting combined with a conference and networking luncheon. This event will be a great opportunity for attendees to meet the new chairman and hear about her vision for IPSA.”
Jane Farrell has been leading exciting new changes within IPSA along with the elected members of the Management Board and the International Council since March of this year when the former chairman, Stuart Naisbett, resigned due to personal commitments. Most of these changes will be revealed at the AGM in September.
When asked how she feels about her new appointment, Farrell enthused: “Following two years as deputy chairman of IPSA, I’m delighted to accept the post of chairman of the Association. It’s a role that I will fulfil to the very best of my ability. I’m extremely proud to be the first woman to lead the Association in its 59-year history and very much look forward to working with the Management Board, the International Council and other industry bodies to expand the benefits of belonging to IPSA for our members.”
IPSA represents both companies and individuals through membership schemes, reaching over 30,000 members and their employees worldwide. The organisation regularly consults with its membership and represents their views on relevant industry committees and at standards bodies, etc.