Former Mitie security business leader Bob Forsyth appointed CEO at Kings Security

Bob Forsyth: the new CEO at Kings Security

Bob Forsyth: the new CEO at Kings Security

After 30 years of diligent service at Kings Security Systems, including three years since PrimeKings became the majority shareholder in the Bradford-based business, Anthony King has decided that it’s now time to leave the company. At the same juncture, it has been announced that Bob Forsyth is joining the firm in the role of CEO.

Forsyth brings extensive business services experience from his former role at Mitie, where he transformed the security division from a manpower-led operation into a wide-ranging technology business. Across an eight-year period as managing director of Mitie Total Security Management, Forsyth grew the division’s revenues to over £300 million, such that it became the second largest security company in the UK with a strategy of differentiation and technology advancement through a focus on risk and integrated service delivery for a wide range of business sectors.

Speaking about this development, Geoff Zeidler (chairman of Kings Security) told Risk UK: “The Board would like to pay tribute to Anthony for all that he has achieved in building the business and wish him well for the future. For his part, Bob has a broad market knowledge and a fantastic track record of delivering profitable growth. The Board look forward to working with him and the executive team in order to take Kings Security forward with a view to it becoming the most respected, innovative and successful company in the industry.”

Commenting on his new role, Bob Forsyth enthused: “Kings Security has a tremendous market position and a reputation for passionate people who deliver great service to a loyal group of customers. This, together with the financial support of PrimeKings, creates a tremendous opportunity. I’m really excited to be joining the team and ensuring that Kings Security achieves its full potential in the years ahead.”

Security and fire services

A family-run and hugely successful business established back in 1968, Kings Security is a leading provider of security and fire services to organisations right across the UK. As stated, its majority shareholder is PrimeKings, which itself is backed by the Kirsh Group.

Headquartered in Bradford with satellite offices in both London and Scotland, Kings Security has benefited from a series of acquisitions on top of healthy, organic growth that has seen the company develop into the UK’s largest independent security services provider, currently employing over 550 staff nationwide.

The business prides itself on customer service, from the initial on-site visit through to installation and ongoing product maintenance, ensuring all the while that customers enjoy complete peace of mind.

Kings Security is proud to maintain its accreditations at above industry standard levels, with a prime example being the business’ ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management certification. High quality service delivery is evidenced by the fact that the company has regularly been awarded top honours within the security industry. In 2015, for example, the business won the Security Training Initiative of the Year Award at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards.

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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