Ward Security retains Gold status in wake of triennial Investors in People assessment

Ward Security’s Nikhil Kamboj (compliance director) and Liana Dodd (HR director) proudly display the company’s latest Investors in People certification

Ward Security’s Nikhil Kamboj (compliance director) and Liana Dodd (HR director) proudly display the company’s latest Investors in People certification

Ward Security has successfully retained its Gold status following a triennial Investors in People (IiP) assessment. This significant achievement places the Kent-based security solutions provider within an exclusive group of a very small number of security companies to achieve the highest status. It also marks a full ten years of IiP compliance.

The latest IiP report highlights areas of strength and good practice and afforded particular praise to the company’s core PRIDE values (namely Protection, Respect, Integrity, Dynamic Teamwork and Excellence) as well as the ongoing and diligent actions taken to embed these values right across the business.

IiP assessors also found that approximately 95% of new joiners within the last two years have described Ward Security as being better than the previous organisations for whom they had worked as a direct result of the efforts of operations managers, associate directors and supervisors who received excellent feedback from their colleagues.

When describing their managers, staff commonly used the words ‘approachable’ and ‘supportive’. Knowledge sharing both across teams and the organisation as a whole was also highlighted, with the IiP assessors noting the innovative education solutions and e-learning programmes that Ward Security has made readily available on its employee portal due to the hard work of HR director Liana Dodd.

Speaking about this latest success, Nikhil Kamboj (compliance director at Ward Security) told Risk UK: “This was perhaps our most challenging IiP audit to date as there are many areas that we recognised needed some work. However, our commitment to working as a team has helped us bring about successful improvement in several key areas. This has not only helped us to grow the business, but also strengthened the culture and environment that exists within Ward Security.”

Kamboj added: “Our IiP assessment confirms where we truly stand in comparison to other businesses across all industries. We believe that, on the national stage, there are still only two security companies holding the IiP Gold status, including ourselves. This result echoes our company values. We’re very proud of the achievement here.”

Supportive and approachable security business

The company’s managing director David Ward stated: “It’s particularly pleasing to read that 95% of new Ward Security staff consider the business to be better than their previous employers and view the company as supportive and approachable. This is vitally important as we pride ourselves on attracting only the highest quality security professionals.”

He continued: “To do that, we need to be seen as a superior employer that’s inclusive and has in place the means for personal development and job satisfaction. We’ve strived extremely hard to ensure this is the case, and we’re delighted that our efforts have subsequently been recognised by Investors in People.”

Ward Security operates from a head office in London as well as a network of regional offices including Rochester, Bracknell, Manchester and a newly-opened premises in Scotland.

The company provides a broad range of bespoke, integrated and flexible security services working with clients across both the public and private sector.

Areas of specialist expertise include the provision of search and selection guard dogs, wireless intruder detection systems and concierge services through the business’ Ward Belgravia division.

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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