Karen Morris-Lanz appointed Human Resources director at Securitas

Karen Morris-Lanz@ the new HR director at Securitas

Karen Morris-Lanz@ the new HR director at Securitas

Securitas has appointed a new Human Resources (HR) director who will support the UK business in achieving its strategy for growth and commercial success. Karen Morris-Lanz joins the company from Waponi’s HR function and brings with her a wealth of HR consultancy experience across a broad range of business sectors.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Morris-Lanz will now be responsible for the overall HR strategy across the security business.

During her time at Waponi, Morris-Lanz recently worked with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to support the set-up of the British Business Bank. She has also held roles at Network Rail, with major retailers (among them Marks and Spencer and Next) and has gained experience across both central and local Government.

At the Ministry of Justice, Morris-Lanz led a complex programme of change, advising on a detailed enforcement and compliance project and restructuring operation.

In conversation with Risk UK, Morris-Lanz said of her role at Securitas: “I’m looking forward to supporting Securitas’ new global change from being a traditional security guarding company to becoming a leading international business specialising in protective services based on people, technology and knowledge. How we can combine our people skills with technology solutions will be the focus of that change, and this is an area about which I’m particularly excited.”

Morris-Lanz added: “We are set to challenge the view of the ‘traditional’ security industry and set new standards. It’s extremely exciting to be part of this move. The executive team here is supportive of the Conservative Government’s recent announcement on the National Living Wage. We want to invest in all our people and support a new way of thinking about what it means to be employed in the security business sector.”

Brian Riis Nielsen

Brian Riis Nielsen

In response, Brian Riis Nielsen – Country President at Securitas – explained: “I’m delighted to welcome Karen to this pivotal role at a time of exciting growth and investment for the company. She’s an accomplished leader with a track record of delivering extensive business and organisational change in highly complex environments. There’s no doubt that Karen will be a valuable asset to the team, helping our people to achieve their maximum potential while at the same time providing an excellent service to our customers.”

A published author, Morris-Lanz has written Employing and Managing People (published by Pitman and, later, Pearson) and served as specialist consultant on – and the editor of – the popular Which Guide to Employment.

Morris-Lanz will be based at Securitas’ recently-completed £15 million Security Operations Centre in Milton Keynes.

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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