When did you join Corps and what does your current role involve?
I joined Corps Security as a CCTV operator in November 2003. Since then I’ve worked my way up the ranks and at the moment fulfill the position of Corps Monitoring Center (CMC) Operations Manager. My role is to ensure the Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) runs smoothly, with all client and company requirements being met. As well as making sure the staff are trained, organised and looked after.
Can you tell us a little about your career background / what was your first job?
My first job as a young lad was working in a glass furnace business, which I left to join the Royal Air Force as a Fire Fighter. I spent many years with the British Forces travelling the globe and only left to start a family. This is when I started with Corps Security and have enjoyed my time here since.
If you weren’t in security, what would you be doing as a career?
If I was not in the security industry, I’d probably still be within the fire service trade or similar, possibly fire safety/prevention as my knowledge base is strong in that area also.
What’s your favourite thing about your job?
The best thing about this role is that almost every day is different. Often, I’m presented with unexpected challenges and I enjoy the satisfaction of finding solutions.
What are the main challenges you face in your daily role?
As the CCTV, building alarm, and personal protection industry is moving and evolving at such a fast pace, you need to ensure you are keeping up to date with the latest developments in technology. It’s my role to balance that progress safely and robustly for both Corps and our clients.
What would you say has been your biggest achievement whilst working for Corps?
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit Buckingham Palace with my family on behalf of Corps and I spent the day with the Royal Family at the Queens tea party. It was an experience of a lifetime and something I’ll never forget.
What do you like doing outside of work?
I’ve a very family orientated person, so most of my time outside of work is spent making sure my daughter and family are happy. We enjoy travelling and I’m a bit of a foodie, for my sins. I recently started studying a programming language called Swift and I’m enjoying the challenges of writing and developing apps for Apple products.
What are your aspirations?
Ultimately, I believe we only improve as individuals and as a team if we continually challenge and stretch ourselves to do/be better. I really enjoy working for Corps Security and the mindset and ethos of the company makes it an enjoyable place to work. I have never limited myself to a goal, other than improving personally. Normally if you improve to be the best you can within your role, then a byproduct can be promotion which allows for more growth and challenges.