Securitas has now appointed a new director of policing development who’ll be directly responsible for building and strengthening the company’s strategic partnerships with leading crime prevention organisations.
Formerly a Detective Chief Superintendent with the Metropolitan Police Service and Commanding Officer of its Counter-Terrorism Protective Security Command, Dr Michael McDonagh has been brought in by the global security solutions provider to engage and build relationships with Police and Crime Commissioners, national chief police officers, local and national Government officials and other key individuals in the crime prevention field around the UK as part of Securitas’ focus on offering specialist protective services.
During his long and distinguished policing career, McDonagh served with the Metropolitan Police Services’ Homicide Command, its Covert Policing Unit, the Serious and Specialist Crime Intelligence Division and the Child Protection Unit. He was also the Senior National Counter-Terrorism Protective Security Liaison Officer for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, with special responsibilities for the strategic planning and resilience covering the 650 London hotels used during the Games period.
Before joining the police service, McDonagh served with the Corp of Royal Engineers, duly completing several active tours overseas.
Commenting on his new role, McDonagh told Risk UK: “Securitas is a world-leading security provider with a brand that’s growing rapidly across the globe. The opportunity to lead on this high-profile and critical area was one that I simply couldn’t turn down.”
McDonagh continued: “Policing in the UK is becoming ever-more complex, with the police service now facing up to changing security issues that are evolving on an almost daily basis. That being so, it’s vital the police service identifies key industry partners who understand their business and can assist them with some of the ever-increasing challenges they now face. I’m very much looking forward to working with Securitas’ diverse portfolio of clients.”
Specialist protective services
Securitas’ Country President Brian Riis Nielsen stated: “We already have an excellent relationship with the police service and the other Emergency Services across the UK, and hold a number of contracts directly with eleven local police forces as well as national agencies including the National Crime Agency.”
Riis Nielsen went on to state: “Michael joins us at a very exciting time as we look to drive forward our specialist protective services. I’m delighted to welcome someone with his expert background to lead the team.”
Since leaving the police service in 2013, McDonagh has worked and consulted in the commercial sector and the wider security industry. He’s an executive Board member for a number of security industry bodies and associated organisations.
In 2013, McDonagh was awarded a doctorate for research into the use of counter-terrorism Stop and Search legislation across the communities of London and the wider UK. He also holds a Master’s degree in Business Management. McDonagh will be based at Securitas’ new headquarters in central London.
Securitas in City of London move
Securitas has also announced the move of its UK headquarters to the City of London.
The new offices are situated on the 7th Floor of Russell Square House in the West End and bring together the highly-successful London operational team, Brian Riis Nielsen and Securitas’ new European divisional president, Magnus Ahlqvist, as well as the business’ existing executive teams.
Kenneth Larsen, Securitas’ regional director for London, said: “Securitas’ global management understands that London represents 50% of the security market in the UK, so we felt it was vital to be at the heart of the City in order that we can truly understand what our customers want and need from us as their preferred services partner. I believe having both the European divisional president and UK Country President working from the same location will truly support our strategy towards becoming the Number One protective services provider, not only here in London, but also across the UK.”
Larsen added: “When Brian Riis Nielsen and I first arrived in the UK, we spent a lot of time listening to our customers in London. It was clear they felt we needed to be close to the business to understand the unique requirements of the markets with whom we wish to work. At that time, our operation was split between Uxbridge and a small office in Cannon Street, neither of which were particularly client-friendly.”
The new London offices boast state-of-the-art client meeting rooms. These will also be used for seminars and reviews. With the new offices right on the doorstep of the City and Canary Wharf, Larsen believes Securitas is now particularly well-placed to respond to customer needs and resolve any situations in very short timescales.
“We now have a great opportunity to join as one team and serve and support our customers in a consistent and timely way.” he added. “The new space is superb when it comes to facilitating teamwork.”