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Pilgrims Group appoints Andrew Melvin to further develop UK security guarding service for end users

Commercial security expert Andrew Melvin has joined security risk mitigation specialist Pilgrims Group as the company’s UK business development director.

Melvin’s appointment follows a 21-year career with the police service and 12 successful years in the private security sector. He’ll now play a key role in developing Pilgrims Group’s domestic business and help continue to grow its security guarding service as a leading independent, dedicated security operation in the UK.

Melvin joins Pilgrims Group following his role as commercial director at The Shield Guarding Company. He’s a trustee of the Cross-Sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) charity, a legacy project of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and also a member of the Institute of Directors.

Andrew Melvin: UK business development director at Pilgrims Group

Andrew Melvin: UK business development director at Pilgrims Group

Speaking about his new role, Melvin stated: “I have a passionate belief in the provision of professional, high quality security services through a specialised security company which is not too large and impersonal. Several large companies now dominating the market offer a range of other solutions, such as cleaning and catering, but I believe this dilutes the focus on security.”

Melvin continued: “Pilgrims Group provides one of the broadest ranges of services in this single specialist sector, delivering comprehensive security risk management. The company is completely dedicated to the provision of professional security within the UK and on the international stage. It has a highly experienced management team from backgrounds that include military, policing and intelligence services. I’m looking forward to working closely with the team and building Pilgrims Group’s presence in the UK.”

Pilgrims Group’s managing director Bill Freear added: “We’re delighted to welcome Andrew to the company. We have been looking for a very long time now to discover someone with his talents. We have long had the product and track record but needed the final piece in the puzzle which was someone to ‘lead the charge’. Andrew has all the essential ingredients to fit into the Pilgrims Group team and present our services to the domestic market. We have extensive ambitions to grow our security guarding service which will offer so many opportunities for our clients in the coming months and years.”

Jeremy Spring takes on CFO role

Pilgrims Group has also announced the appointment of Jeremy Spring as Chief Finance Officer.

An experienced Board director, Spring will bring key strategic leadership to Pilgrims Group given his expertise in areas such as growth management, business integration, corporate governance, working capital management, commercial finance and multi-national accounting.

Pilgrims Group’s clients will benefit from Spring’s direction of operational finance, calling on his hands-on knowledge of managing high volume payables and receivable teams, systems integration, accounting infrastructure and customer service.

Jeremy Spring of Pilgrims Group

Jeremy Spring of Pilgrims Group

Chief Operating Officer David Freear commented: “We’re thrilled that Jeremy has joined the company and excited to add such financial expertise to our senior management team in order to create, support and drive the strategy of the business.”

Jeremy Spring stated: “Pilgrims Group has grown significantly in the last five years, establishing itself as a trusted industry partner. Through the proven expert delivery of high quality services and the prioritisation of customer service, the Group is looking to build on its phenomenal reputation and I’m overjoyed to be joining at such an exciting time in the company’s life.”

A member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Spring arrives at Pilgrims Group having spent more than 15 years in the international customer services’ industry, most recently working for a fast-paced, industry-leading multinational corporation with a global footprint.

All you need to know about… Pilgrims Group

Pilgrims Group is a medium-sized company with a global network and a strong crisis management background.

The company provides security guarding and intelligence services for businesses across the UK, including clients operational in the pharmaceutical, media and oil sectors.

Pilgrims Group also operates in countries including Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq and Ukraine and has helped clients in times of international crises (including 2013’s tropical storm in the Philippines and the disasters in both New Orleans and Haiti).

Complementing its security guarding offer, Pilgrims Group’s consultancy services include crisis management, evacuation, relocation, business continuity plans and reviews, training and specialist security exercises.

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Personnel excellence celebrated at Ward Security’s Star Employee Awards

Ward Security has announced its top performing employees of the year at the annual Star Employee Awards Ceremony. From its 550-strong team, Ward Security presented nine employees with a Star Award in recognition of their commitment, loyalty and outstanding achievements during 2013.

Winners included employees from the London, Central, South East and West regional offices operated by the company, with two members of staff receiving special recognition awards.

Alex Ambrose, who has been an employee of Ward Security for seven years, was formally recognised by receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award. Ambrose was described at the ceremony as someone “who prefers to work under the radar” and has amazed the head office team with his ability to efficiently collate and analyse data as well as problem solve.

In addition, Ambrose plays a pivotal part in managing the company’s bespoke client Help Desk service.

The seventh annual Ward Security Star Employee Awards were a tremendous success. Pictured (far left) is Ward Security's md David Ward, with Gareth Tancred (CEO, BIFM) second from the right

The seventh annual Ward Security Star Employee Awards were a tremendous success. Pictured (far left) is Ward Security’s md David Ward, with Gareth Tancred (CEO, BIFM) second from the right

Lee Chapman is this year’s winner of the coveted Employee of the Year Award which was presented by Gareth Tancred, the CEO of the British Institute of Facilities Management. Initially employed as a dog handler in May 2007, Chapman quickly progressed to the position of contract manager and is viewed by Ward Security as one of its rising stars.

Chapman was described by the panel of judges as someone who is extremely proactive and diligent and an outstanding ambassador for the company. He was also noted as someone who is a thoughtful and compassionate person which is clearly visible both in the relationships he has with his clients and in his interaction with the security dogs he trains.

Outstanding team members at Ward Security

Commenting on the Star Employee Awards, David Ward – managing director of Ward Security – explained: “Kevin and I always look forward to these awards with a great sense of pride and satisfaction. We’re delighted to host this evening as a Thank You in recognition of the outstanding team members we have at Ward Security. Such is the quality of our team that this year’s winners were harder than ever for the judges to decide upon. We would like to congratulate everyone who was nominated throughout the course of the year and, of course, our worthy winners.”

The 2014 ceremony represents the seventh annual Star Employee Awards run by Ward Security and the culmination of monthly employee awards for which staff are nominated throughout the year. This year’s event took place on Friday 15 August at The Grange City Hotel in London.

The full list of winners is as follows:

*London Regional Award Winner 2013: Lauren Kettlety
*Central Regional Award Winner 2013: John Finley
*South East Regional Award Winner 2013: Tom Atley
*West Regional Award Winner 2013: Allan Clarke
*Response Award Winner 2013: Samuel Asiamah
*Head Office Award Winner 2013: Sarah Jones
*Dog Handler Award Winner 2013: Karen Jones
*Outstanding Contribution Award Winner 2013: Alex Ambrose
*Employee of the Year Award Winner 2013: Lee Chapman

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Honeywell sensing technology takes wireless detector design “to new levels”

Honeywell has introduced a new device that allows the manufacturers of fire and security detection technologies to design smaller, less obtrusive wireless-based products without sacrificing reliability or performance.

Solutions in the new Anisotropic Magnetoresistive (AMR) Sensor ICs, Nanopower Series have higher sensitivity and more reliability than ‘traditional’ sensors yet consume less energy. They’re also smaller and therefore allow greater flexibility in design at a lower cost.

Typical product applications include smoke detectors and door/window alarms. In the case of the latter, the sensor will immediately send a signal to a wireless module which then transmits that signal to a central control unit for processing as soon as a door or window is opened, removing the magnet out of the sensor detection range.

On smoke detectors, the sensor is used as an alarm test switch where an external magnet is brought into the detection range of the sensor to check correct operation.

Smaller, more durable and reliable than reed switches, at the same sensitivity and essentially the same cost, the new AMR Sensor ICs, Nanopower Series is ideal for battery-powered applications where previously only reed switches could be used due to very low power requirements and large air gap needs.

The Honeywell SOT23 fingertip sensors are designed for use in a wide range of battery-operated applications

The Honeywell SOT23 fingertip sensors are designed for use in a wide range of battery-operated applications

Nicholas Roche, product leader at Honeywell Sensing and Control, states that the new Nanopower technology is a game changer. “It’s highly sensitive,” explained Roche, “and more reliable than ‘traditional’ switches that can break and tend to be less stable over time.”

Roche added: “Most important of all is the fact that our new AMR Sensor ICs consume less power which means batteries need to be replaced less often – a major advantage to manufacturers and installers alike. This overcomes one of the major hurdles regarding the wider take-up of wireless detectors.”

The sensors are designed for use in a wide range of battery-operated applications including water and gas meters, electricity meters, exercise equipment, handheld computers, scanners and white goods such as dishwashers, microwaves, washing machines, refrigerators and coffee machines.

They can also be used in medical equipment such as hospital beds, medication dispensing cabinets, infusion pumps and for consumer electronics such as notebook computers, tablets and cordless speakers.

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Exeter-based security directors found guilty of offences against the Private Security Industry Act 2001

On Thursday 21 August 2014 at Exeter Magistrate’s Court, two security directors and their security company were found guilty of offences against the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

Altin Laska, 26, and Jetmir Luli, 29, ran security company Night Owl (Exeter) Security Ltd and were sub-contracted to provide security officers to energy supplier EDF.

Following an investigation by the Security Industry Authority (SIA), the directors were asked to provide information about individuals they had supplied to EDF. Both Laska and Luli failed to provide all of the information requested by the SIA.

Another individual, Ali Abdol Anvari, 50, was known by the SIA as a security director of another company, Night Owl, which is now dissolved.

Anvari was working in an advisory role for Night Owl (Exeter) Security Ltd and was deployed to work as a security officer. During the investigation Anvari admitted working without an SIA licence and to pretending to be Laska while on duty.

By law, security operatives working under contract and all door supervisors must hold and display a valid SIA licence card

By law, security operatives working under contract and all door supervisors must hold and display a valid SIA licence card

Laska (of Broad Park Road, Exmouth) was found guilty of supplying an unlicensed security operative and failing to provide information to the SIA contrary to Sections 5 and 19 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

Luli, of Hilary House, Exeter, was found guilty of the same offences.

Night Owl (Exeter) Security Ltd, of North Street, Exeter, was found guilty of supplying an unlicensed security operative contrary to Section 5 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

Anvari, of Princes Street, Exeter, was found guilty of false representation to make a gain for himself or another, which is contrary to Section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006.

Sentencing due to take place in September

In convicting Laska and Luli, the Magistrate commented that the security directors “did not take all reasonable steps or fulfil duties of company directors” in ensuring that SIA licensed staff were supplied.

Commenting on Anvari, the Magistrate stated that he had acted “dishonestly for the benefit of Night Owl and been unwilling to admit your own identity”.

All three individuals and the company will be sentenced in September.

SIA investigations manager Nathan Salmon explained: “Night Owl was closely guided by Mr Anvari. He appeared to take an active role in the direction and administration of the company. Mr Anvari had previously been a security company director and was very familiar with security industry regulation. However, the business and its directors had disregard for basic safeguards to ensure their contracts were fulfilled with SIA licensed operatives.”

Salmon added: “Laska and Luli did not demonstrate that they had serious interest in controlling their business and, in court, Laska described the legal fulfilment of their contract as “hassle”.”

In conclusion, Salmon said: “This conviction highlights that security regulation exists in order to protect the public and ensure the effectiveness of security businesses.”

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