Paul Rankin announced as new director of Fire and Safety Services at Securitas

Paul Rankin: joining the team at Securitas

Paul Rankin: joining the team at Securitas

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.

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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