The City Security Council announced the appointment of Neill Catton as Chairman from January 2021. Neill succeeds David Ward, who served as Chairman since the Council was formed in 2018.
Neill assumes the role of Chairman in addition to his duties as CIS Managing Director. Neill has over 30 years of experience at all levels of the security industry. Responsible for the service delivery and management of a diverse range of sectors, including finance, education, corporate, law and government. He is also a member of ASIS, the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, the City of London Crime Prevention Association, Resilience First and the BIFM. An active Liveryman and mentor to the Young Members Group he is passionate about supporting young talent and women into the industry.
On his recent appointment, Catton commented: “I am delighted to be chairing the committee for the forthcoming year. The commitment and involvement of the members is excellent, and I look forward to their continued support as we take the organisation forward. Thank you to David Ward who led the way in 2020 and did a superb job in championing the call for Key Worker status for Security Officers during the Pandemic. We will work to provide collaborative support to the Police and other authorities while raising the awareness of the professionalism and scale that the private security sector supports to both business and national infrastructure.”
David Ward, CEO of Ward Security, said: “The City Security Council has shown that collaboration between the security industry and the emergency services is invaluable when it comes to sharing intelligence and working together to make communities safer for us to work and live within. By having this common goal, we have shown not only how professional the security industry has become but that by standing together we are stronger in responding to incidents and more effective. We have also significantly elevated the reputation of security officers with the general public, so that there is a better understanding about the profession and importantly how integral security officers are to the smooth running of our society. I am really proud of what the CSC has achieved in London and I look forward to seeing the organisation evolve and grow nationally under the watchful eye of Neill Catton.”