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Super addition to security

27 July 2011

Russ Smith

Resource has added Russell Smith as a member of its Security Advisory Board (SAB), which comprises some of the country’s top security experts.

Russ Smith has been appointed resource’s operations director, Police and Justice Services and will be based in the company’s Birmingham office. He is a former Police Chief Superintendent with the West Midlands Police and holds a BA (Hons) in Policing and Criminal Justice and an MBA (public sector), as well as being a qualified senior national assessor and an affiliate member of the Institute for Learning. Russell also holds an honorary lecturer role with Nottingham University's forensic psychology courses.

Andy Vaughan, resource’s managing director, said: “Russ will use his 30 years of experience with the Police Service to assist with the company’s ongoing programme of offering strategic options to those Police Services looking to achieve cost savings and greater efficiencies by developing effective partnering relationships.”

Smith joins Ricky Gray, ex-deputy chief constable of Strathclyde Police, Donald Macleod, Head of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Keith Turner, former chief constable of Gwent Police, Sheamus Hamill, chair of the Board of the Police Rehabilitation and Retraining Trust, Ian Chapman, ex superintendent with the Police Service of Northern Ireland and Larry Quinn, a former police officer with West Midlands Police, together with Andy Vaughan and resource chief executive Dave Seaton.

“I intend to widen the discussion around outsourcing and partnering with Police Services across Great Britain and to act as an advocate for our specific offering at the highest level,” said Smith.

The company already holds a number of high profile security contracts, including the Police Service Northern Ireland, the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), the Nationwide Building Society and Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Resource’s outsourcing service includes manned guarding, supplying close protection officers and custodial detention officers.

Smith added: “All the members of the Security Advisory Board understand, at a strategic level, the needs of organisations that outsource their security requirements. In these particularly difficult economic times, our offering is in greater demand.”

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