Linx International Group appoints Ciaran Barry in role of operations director

Ciaran Barry

Ciaran Barry

The Linx International Group has appointed Ciaran Barry as director of Group operations to oversee all parts of the business, including the Linx International Consultancy, Tavcom Training, ARC Training International and Perpetuity Training.

Barry has an experienced and varied background in both security and business. Following his BA (Hons) degree in Business and French, he held a number of commercial roles before serving in the British Army for nine years and then the Hertfordshire Constabulary for over eight years in the role of detective.

In 2015, Barry joined the Linx International Group as a senior consultant. Always keen to enhance his academic knowledge, he studied for a Diploma in Security Management (achieved with Distinction) and recently attained the prestigious Certified Protection Professional (CPP) qualification from ASIS International.

Indeed, as an avid supporter of professionalism within the industry, Barry is actively involved with not just ASIS International, but also The Security Institute.

Commenting on his appointment, Barry told Risk UK: “I’m delighted and honoured to be taking on this new and pivotal role. The Linx International Group is unique in that it’s made up of four renowned companies who, together, offer clients and individuals bespoke and accredited technical and security management training and consultancy services around the world. I’m taking the lead in ensuring that the market is fully aware of what we offer and our holistic approach towards the security of our clients.”

Security expertise and commercial acumen

David Gill MSc CSyP FSyI: managing director of the Linx International Group

David Gill MSc CSyP FSyI: managing director of the Linx International Group

David Gill CSyP FSyI, managing director of the Linx International Group, added: “Ciaran brings the ideal combination of security expertise and commercial acumen to ensure that the Linx International Group continues to be the premier training provider and security consultancy both here in the UK and internationally.”

Security training is continuing to evolve, and Barry is clear on the Linx International Group’s role moving forward. “Security is a business enabler and its remit is expanding to cover other departments within many organisations,” he urged. “In addition to physical and technical security, the modern security manager must understand commercial and business drivers, Human Resources, legal and regulatory requirements and also have a sound knowledge of Health and Safety legislation. They must stay abreast of global current affairs, new technologies and evolving threats.”

Barry concluded: “We train professionals to deal with the latest threats. That being so, we must anticipate developments and needs across the local, national and international security environments. The Linx International Group’s mission is to continue to be at the forefront of security sector training and to ensure that our education offer remains highly relevant and forward thinking in what’s now an ever-changing world.”

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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