Securitas Security Services UK has announced the appointment of Paul Rankin – a seasoned aviation professional with 30 years’ airport operations and safety management experience – as the company’s new director of Fire and Safety Services.
Rankin joins the business from Regional and City Airports Limited where, as the company’s director of regulatory compliance and head of airfield operations, he was directly responsible for ensuring the safe and effective management of airports within the business’ management services division.
As director of Fire and Safety Services at Securitas, Rankin will now help further develop the capability and service delivery of the company to exceed the expectations of existing and new clients procuring the business’ bespoke fire and safety services.
Speaking about Rankin’s new role, Brian Riis Nielsen – Country President at Securitas – explained: “Paul is an experienced and inspirational leader with an impressive track record of senior management within what is a highly regulated industry. We’re delighted to welcome him to the team at this exciting time as we look to further develop our full range of fire and safety services.”
The appointment follows last June’s announcement that Securitas has been awarded the contract to provide security solutions for leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be joining the Securitas team,” explained Rankin, “and I’m confident we can grow the Fire and Safety Services business division by building on the great foundations already in place. My aspiration is to work with the team to ensure the division soon becomes the market leader in this area.”
Both prior to and during his time at Regional and City Airports Limited, Rankin served as airport director at Blackpool Airport, successfully leading the team through a number of operational and organisational challenges.
In addition, he was also part of the successful senior management team at Bristol Airport, having had responsibility for many aspects of the operation during his employment there.
He served within the Fire Service where he had spent the early part of his career as deputy chief fire officer.