Securitas celebrates role of females in security on International Women’s Day

Securitas marked International Women’s Day 2019 on Friday 8 March by hosting one of the tables at a prestigious City of London breakfast event. Ten women from across the business attended the gathering to celebrate the contribution and achievements of women in Securitas and, indeed, across the wider security industry.

The event, which took place at the Guildhall, included a panel discussion and also a Q&A chaired by journalist and ITV newsreader Julie Etchingham. Securitas’ guests encompassed females from across all sectors of the business, from back office to front line roles in areas such as mobile security, fire safety and aviation security.

Brian Riis Nielsen, Country President at Securitas UK, commented: “Gender diversity remains an issue across the security industry despite the wide variety of roles and opportunities available to both men and women. Technology continues to transform the way in which we work, of course, but we still have much to do when it comes to highlighting the variety, excitement and broad range of career options available to women working in our industry. This event is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all the phenomenal women we have working in Securitas, and also to discuss how we can encourage more women to join us.”

Brian Riis Nielsen

Brian Riis Nielsen

Grainne Kelly, Human Resources (HR) and Security Operations Centre director for the business, explained: “Within Securitas, we believe balance drives a better world. It’s not a women’s issue. Rather, it’s a business issue. That’s why Securitas is supportive of International Women’s Day and the global campaign #BalanceforBetter.”

Kelly continued: “With the transformation of the security industry comes exciting new career opportunities for women, whether they are considering a career change, returning to work after having children or taking their first step up the career ladder. It’s time we dispelled the myth that security roles are only for men. We want to challenge these stereotypes and help to forge gender balance in the security sector.”

Recently, Securitas UK was recognised as a Top Employer by the Top Employers Institute. This accolade highlights the company’s commitment to delivering exceptional people management and HR strategies.

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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