Amy Wilkinson is the new social value lead at security solutions provider Corps Security. Passionate about Corporate Social Responsibility, Wilkinson played a lead role in Corps Security obtaining Social Enterprise status, from investigating how to apply, what credentials needed to be met and then working closely with the senior management team to achieve that status.
Mark Rogers, executive director at Corps Security, explained: “Social Enterprise status brings many benefits. For our business, it guarantees that our social mission remains at the very heart of all that we do and serves to ensure we continue to operate in an ethical, transparent and accountable way. I’m excited to have Amy lead on this. It’s my hope that, working together, we can achieve great things for our people and our planet, while supporting our core purpose. Amy will make sure that, as a business, we do exactly that.”
Wilkinson began her career in the security industry in 2008. Over the intervening 13-year period, she has held various roles across both sales and marketing functions. In this time, Wilkinson has also helped to support sales strategy as a bid manager, working with colleagues to secure a number of large contracts with blue chip customers.
In particular, Wilkinson is passionate about partnerships and working collaboratively with client organisations who share the same values and ingrained sense of social responsibility as the team members at Corps Security.
Through time, Wilkinson developed an interest in corporate responsibility and social value, having observed the genuine and positive impact security colleagues can exert both on client organisations and, indeed, the wider communities.
Joining Corps Security in 2019, Wilkinson was excited to be working for an employer whose very purpose has its foundations in social value and community support. Corps Security was created back in 1859 with a very specific and special social mission – to provide gainful employment to ex-service personnel returning from the Crimean War.
Moving forward, Wilkinson will work in collaboration with Corps Security’s charity partner Combat Stress, as well as other much deserving causes, in order to define how the business can improve social impact.
All about the people
Commenting on the news of her appointment as social value lead, Wilkinson stated: “One of the things I found when I joined Corps Security was that it’s not all about the bottom line. While making a profit is, of course, important for Corps Security as a business, it’s all about the people. I couldn’t be happier to take the lead on Social Enterprise. It’s important for me that Corps Security receives the recognition it deserves for the work it does with ex-military personnel. Corps Security was founded on a social mission and still lives by that social mission today. It’s now my duty to make sure we keep that mission alive, alongside achieving our environmental and governance goals.”
As social value lead, Wilkinson is working with the senior leadership team to ensure the company’s future activities continue to support its initial social mission, staying true to the organisation’s unique roots and working closely within the military communities.
Thanks to Corps Security’s clients, Combat Stress has funded 109 days for the Helpline. That equates to 4,500 calls of which 2,070 were new callers seeking help for the first time. They have given 131 veterans individual sessions with a psychiatrist, funded 575 one-to-one, trauma-focused sessions and 862 video therapy sessions. In addition, 2,632 participants can attend one-to-one peer support group meetings across the UK.
As well as meeting Social Enterprise criteria earlier this year and joining the growing number of companies able to offer a ‘diverse spend ’option, Corps Security has also been awarded the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award by the Ministry of Defence. This is in recognition of outstanding support for the Armed Forces community.
Further, Corps Security has been a Living Wage Foundation Recognised Service Provider since 2020 and is also a carbon neutral company, funding projects across the world and offsetting 477 tons of carbon each year.
*Further information is available online at www.corpssecurity.co.uk