Obituary: John Haddon (Director of Arup Resilience, Security and Risk)

John Haddon

John Haddon

It is with very great sadness Risk UK brings you the news that John Haddon, director and global leader of Arup’s Resilience, Security and Risk practice, unexpectedly passed away on Saturday 20 February having just returned from a holiday in Venice with his wife, Gill.

John began his career at Arup as a graduate back in 1978, and has been an exemplar security professional throughout his highly distinguished career.

John was a Fellow of both Arup and The Security Institute. Indeed, he was a regular host of dedicated Institute events and Validation Board meetings held at Arup’s central London offices, and had been a main Board director of the professional membership organisation.

In 2014-2015, John acted as an advisor to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals on behalf of the Register of Security Engineers and Specialists.

He was an alumni of Queen Mary University, London (where he studied from 1975-1978), and a serving member of the Business Continuity Institute.

Commenting on John’s passing, Simon Brimble (associate director in Arup’s Resilience, Security and Risk team and a great friend and colleague of John’s) told Risk UK: “John always led by example, whether in terms of gaining professional recognition, developing new services or providing high quality technical solutions. His commitment to his profession, colleagues and clients alike was evident in every piece of work that he undertook. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew and worked with him.”

One of John’s proudest moments with Arup was the development of a security policy and strategy for the Western Cape Government in South Africa. The team advised the Government on the analysis of safety and security issues and developed policy, strategy and implementation plans as part of the Western Cape administration’s overall strategy to become the “best-run provincial Government in the world”.

When asked about the project for a Q&A article on Arup’s website, John commented: “The opportunity to work from cabinet level through Government departments and on to institutions was absolutely fascinating. I felt that we were making a real contribution towards attempts to improve the life of the population in the Western Cape.”

Messages of condolence

Arup will be gathering messages of condolence to share with John’s family when the time is appropriate. If you would like to contribute your thoughts, please send messages to Kyrie Banfield (

John’s funeral is scheduled for 3.00 pm on Friday 11 March.  If you would like to attend, again please contact Kyrie Banfield for further details.

John’s family has requested that flowers for the occasion are from family only, but would welcome donations to the Herts Air Ambulance (

A statement issued by The Security Institute concludes: “We are immensely appreciative of the support John gave to the organisation. He will be sadly missed.”

Everyone at Risk UK and Pro-Activ Publications sends their sincerest condolences to John’s family, friends and work colleagues at this very sad time.

Brian Sims, the Editor of Risk UK, commented: “When I became Editor of Security Management Today back in late 2000, John was one of the first security professionals I turned to for advice. That advice was always forthcoming and never less than detailed and wholly relevant. John wrote and spoke with such eloquence and conviction. I will always be hugely grateful for his support of both my work and the Security Excellence Awards. It’s a sad day for all of us resident within the security business sector. John is going to be missed by so many people.”

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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