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Mitie appoints Karen Thomas-Bland as programme integration director to oversee Interserve division merger

Mitie Group plc has announced that Karen Thomas-Bland will take up a newly-created role as programme integration director for Mitie’s merger with Interserve’s Facilities Management division. Thomas-Bland will now join Mitie’s executive leadership team reporting directly to CEO Phil Bentley.

The acquisition, the detail of which was announced on 25 June, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020, subject to shareholder approval. Together, the combined companies will accelerate the delivery of Mitie’s long-term technology-led FM vision, creating the UK’s largest FM company with over 77,500 employees.

Thomas-Bland started her career in strategic consulting before moving to IBM. Over the past ten years, she has led numerous integration projects for large companies including Microsoft, the National Grid, Accenture and, recently, Reed Elsevier/RELX.

Karen Thomas-Bland

Karen Thomas-Bland

On the appointment, Phil Bentley stated: “I’m delighted to welcome Karen to Mitie. The integration of Interserve’s Facilities Management division is an opportunity for us to create a new company with a strong culture. Her wealth of experience will be invaluable at this transformative time. We’re determined to create a true UK FM champion to help Britain back to business in a post-COVID-19 world and Karen’s appointment is a key step forward in achieving that ambition.”

Thomas-Bland responded: “With the opportunity to bring Interserve’s Facilities Management division and Mitie together, I’m very excited to be joining at such a pivotal time. I’m looking forward to leading an integration team which will bring together the best of both Mitie and Interserve to create an unparalleled FM partner to UK business.”

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First Security wins BBC security contract

First Security has been awarded a security guarding and security services contract with the BBC. The three-year contract has an option to extend for an additional two years.

This is the first time the broadcaster has chosen one national security provider, having previously split the service on a regional basis.

This contract will see skilled security personnel deliver services across the UK at iconic locations such as Maida Vale Studios and Broadcasting House in London, as well as Salford’s MediaCityUK.

Simon Dobell, contract director at First Security, commented: “We’re delighted to have an opportunity to support this leading broadcaster in delivering its security strategy. We’re confident that our extensive experience in delivering total security management solutions to over 300 companies will help the BBC to achieve its challenging security objectives.”

First Security will now be providing specialist security guarding solutions for the BBC's property estate

First Security will now be providing specialist security guarding solutions for the BBC’s property estate

Eddie Halling, head of corporate security at the BBC, added: “From the bids received, First Security stood out in terms of its collaborative, flexible approach and alignment with our goals. We have very clear objectives in ensuring the BBC is a safe and secure environment for staff and visitors across the estate. First Security represents the right choice in supporting us with this goal.”

This contract is in addition to the £150 million, five-year nationwide facilities management contract recently won by First Security’s parent company Interserve, the international support services and construction group.

The relationship between Interserve and First Security enables a level of consistency between the two contracts while at the same time manufacturing a security-focused service delivered by a skilled security team.

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