Security services partnership with The National Gallery announced by Securitas

The National Gallery in central London

The National Gallery in central London

The management team at The National Gallery in London has appointed Securitas Security Services UK as its chosen solutions partner for managing some visitor-facing and security staff services. The procurement process began back in July 2014, with the contract worth £40 million across a five-year period. 

The partnership agreement with Securitas – which has a proven track record in security and visitor engagement roles within the arts and culture sector on the global stage – is one element of The National Gallery’s commitment to modernisation and a move that will enable the famed institution to operate with greater flexibility, in turn allowing the provision of an even better service to its six million-plus annual visitors.

The deal will also help to maintain The National Gallery’s esteemed position as one of the leading global art attractions in the UK.

The National Gallery is a public asset and, as such, its management team has a duty to ensure the collection housed within and the Gallery itself is accessible as often as possible and to as many people as possible.

The immediate key concern is to ensure that all National Gallery staff are kept fully informed about the partnership arrangement with Securitas, and that those individuals directly affected by this change are provided with all the relevant information and advice they may need.

No members of staff will be made redundant in this process while all affected personnel will continue to be paid the London Living Wage. Indeed, all affected personnel will have the option to move to Securitas with the same Terms and Conditions and remain a valued part of the National Gallery family (just like their fellow staff members who are employed by various organisations including DOC, Antenna and Peyton & Byrne, etc).

Experience and competency

Interestingly, The National Gallery is one of the last major national museums and galleries in the UK to appoint an external partner for managing its security services.

Brian Riis Nielsen: Country President for Securitas Security Services UK

Brian Riis Nielsen: Country President for Securitas Security Services UK

Sir Nicholas Penny, director of The National Gallery, explained: “The National Gallery needs an experienced and competent partner to support it now and into the future. We believe that Securitas is the best possible partner for us. This is the right decision for all of our staff members and for the future of our Gallery.”

In response, Brian Riis Nielsen (Country President and managing director at Securitas Security Services UK) said: “We’re delighted that The National Gallery has chosen Securitas as its future partner and we look forward to developing a strong partnership with both The National Gallery in general and its members of staff.”

As stated, Securitas has a proven track record in security and visitor engagement roles within the arts and culture sector. The business currently provides security-focused services for The Royal Armouries (Leeds), The National Gallery of Denmark, The National Gallery in Prague, The DDR Museum in Berlin, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Jewish Museum (Berlin), The Natural History Museum (again located in Berlin), Lille’s Museum of Modern Art and The Alhambra Museum in Granada.

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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