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ICTS UK & Ireland’s Executive Director, Ashley Fernandes appointed chair of City Security Council

The City Security Council (CSC) are delighted to announce the appointment of Ashley Fernandes as its new Chairman with effect from January 2022. Ashley succeeds Neil Catton, who served as Chairman this year. 

Ashley has over 24 years’ experience working at all levels of Security and Risk Management within the Commercial, Retail, Government, and Aviation Sectors across the EMEA region.  Currently a serving Magistrate, Ashley is also a Committee Member of the City of London Crime Prevention Association, a Fellow and Global Advisory Council Member of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP), a Trustee of the WCoSP Charitable Trust, and a member of both the Security Institute and ASIS UK Chapter.

The City Security Council was originally established as a collective of premier security companies based in the City of London.  The key objective was to work in close collaboration and support of the City of London Police and City of London Corporation in times of crisis or when any significant event takes place in the City.  Since its inception the group has grown considerably in membership and its remit has also evolved.  The CSC is now recognised as a leading and authoritative voice of the security industry and one that represents the interest of thousands of security officers. The membership is now open to any UK based Security company who is ACS approved or is working towards the relevant British Standard.

Ashley commented “I’m delighted to be Chairing the CSC for the oncoming year and look forward to working with all of the member organisations as we continue to develop the capabilities and value of the Council. I’d like to thank the previous chair Neil Catton for his tremendous work this year, continuing to build upon the solid foundations laid by David Ward. Over the last three years, the CSC has continually demonstrated the value of collaboration between our industry and our colleagues within the Emergency Services, helping to showcase our incident response capabilities and raise awareness of the valuable contribution our frontline security professionals make to the safety and security of the communities we live and work in.”

David Ward, founder and former Chair of the CSC welcomed Ashley as the Council’s new Chair and said “Ashley is an excellent appointment to the CSC Chair.  He brings considerable knowledge and experience along with a huge amount of enthusiasm for the role. I am sure he will be in an ideal position to pick up from Neil and help continue to drive forward the council’s objectives during 2022.  We look forward to working with him.”

David added that he wanted to take this opportunity on behalf of all the CSC members to thank Neill Catton, current Chair, for his stalwart leadership through such a trying time for the industry and for all that he did in continuing to grow the Council for the benefit of all its members.



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