Meet the Board

Being headquartered in the UK, the IPSA Board has, for practical reasons, traditionally been made up of UK-based people.  Improvements in video conferencing and increasing globalisation of the security industry means that this is less important now.

IPSA is actively seeking to expand the board to provide IPSA representation in; mainland Europe, the Middle East, India and Pakistan, South East Asia, Japan, Australia & New Zealand and North, Central & South America.

If you are in the security industry in a senior role, and an industry influencer who wants to represent and promote IPSA in your part of the world, please contact IPSA’s Chairman to discuss this.


Jane Farrell – Chairman

Jane is the Chairman of IPSA and joined IPSA as a member in 2011 and was elected onto the IPSA management board in 2014 becoming Deputy Chairman in 2015. She has represented the Association at several events, forums and venues including The House of Lords and House of Commons

Jane has been working in the security industry for twelve years very much involved with delivering security training and leading compliance, sitting on several professional workshops and strategic panels to raise standards within the industry. In 2017 she was appointed Head of Security UK and Ireland for Sodexo Ltd

She developed the Sodexo Women in Security network in 2012, promoting diversity within the security industry and went onto win the prestigious Professional Security magazine, Women in Security Industry Award 2013 for encouraging more women into the industry and in 2017 won the Northern Power Women Transformational Leader award for upskilling and promoting women in both private security and in our private prisons

Jane is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals and in January 2017 became a Freeman of the City of London.  Most recently, Jane became only the seventh woman to become registered as a Chartered Security Professional.

Bob Marshall – Deputy Chairman and Board Member for Policing

Bob Marshall is the Section Chairman for Policing and Deputy Chairman

Bob has 38 years’ experience in corporate and private asset and supply chain protection. He is highly experienced security consultant at Government and private level.

He specialises in full FM project and change management alongside corporate security, contract management and operations, retail loss prevention and audit and fraud

Bob is  a Coordinator at Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Manchester and Peer reviewer for  ProtectED which is a not-for-profit membership organisation and national accreditation scheme that aims to drive up standards in student safety, security, and wellbeing in the university sector.

Roger Felgate – Finance Director (Treasurer) & Board Member for Maritime Security

Roger is the Section Chairman for Maritime security and Treasurer

Roger originally qualified as an electrical engineer and worked as a Merchant Navy Officer. He then joined the Royal Naval Reserve, gaining experience for over 26 years in the areas of general security issues. These included defence of ports and anchorages, naval control of shipping, and working at sea as the RN representative in merchant ships on exercises.

He also cross-trained in personnel development and is a full Member of the CIPD, and a Certified Management Consultant. Roger has taught management at all levels internationally. He joined IPSA as an inspector and trainer 23 years ago and taught most IPSA courses. He has correspondingly created bespoke courses and one for a property company in Hong Kong. He also served 12 years as a Metropolitan Police Special.

Roger has a  specialist knowledge in port security and port policing enabling him  to deliver quality training and consultancy within the maritime sector. This professional specialisation along with current knowledge of Police Security, counter-terror operations, and public and private platforms such as Project Griffin and operations Fairway, Kraken and Yaii, has led to an overall approach to focused training.

Simon Pears – Board Member for International Security

Simon is the Section Chairman for International Security.  He has extensive experience of operating security on a global basis and the differing country requirements based upon legislation and custom and practice

Simon joined Sodexo in 2007 as Operations Support Controller where security was a large part of his remit before being appointed Head of Security in 2009 and then to Global Security Director in December 2013. Simon has a unique ability to understand, design and implement, policy, procedure and process that deliver cost effective and highly efficient security solutions to many of our clients. He has worked extensively on delivering industry leading regulatory compliance within Sodexo. Simon has extensive knowledge of security regulations globally and is instrumental in ensuring our security solutions are aligned to local regulations.

Simon has completed several strategic reviews covering both physical and electronic security and is a high impact influencer within a number of global organisations, having extensive knowledge of various commercial models, contract structures, risk evaluations and performance monitoring.

Simon is a member The Security Institute of Ireland, The Security Institute and is a Charted Security Professional and holds Fellowship of the International Professional Security Association.

Mark Death – Board Member for Facilities Management

Mark is the Section Chairman for The Facilities Management Section of IPSA’s Board

He has worked the security industry for over 19 years, with 16 of those years within Facilities Management. Mark started working in security back in 2001 within retail, but quickly moved into more corporate security with a pharmaceutical client. Mark has lots of operational and management experience within security covering the UK, Ireland, and Europe.

Mark joined Sodexo Ltd in October 2004 as a Security Supervisor based at GlaxoSmithKline in Crawley. Mark quickly developed as a site-based security manager, then as a group security manager overseeing the security operation of multiple sites for GlaxoSmithKline. In 2009 Mark was appointed to head up the security operation for a newly obtained contract, before becoming the national security manager for Sodexo in July 2012. Mark’s current position sees him responsible for all physical security support to a global client of Sodexo.

Mark is responsible for the continued growth of security services and specialises in CCTV Management, electronic security systems, loss Prevention, security surveying and service solution design

Mark also subscribes to various security sources to obtain the latest information possible on technology and compliance.

Sunny Araf – Board Member for Manned Guarding

Sunny is the Section Chairman for Manned Guarding and Managing Director of ISA Support services providing Manned Guarding, Key Holding, Alarm Response, Receptionists, and Cleaning Services throughout the UK. Last year ISA Support Services were a principal sponsor for IPSA’s 60th-anniversary celebrations.

Sunny started his career as a Police Constable for West Midlands Police working on the response unit. He then moved into the private security sector and became the founder and Director of My Vision Security Services in 2007. In 2011 Sunny along with his business partner founded ISA Support Services after selling their stake in a national security company. With determination from the offset, ISA has continued to flourish and make its mark in the security and facilities management industry over the years.

As an entrepreneur, Sunny puts great emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility and giving back. In 2017, Sunny founded his own charity called the ISA Foundation, which aims at helping the most vulnerable people in society with such projects as an Emergency Food Bank and women’s shelter in Pakistan. The Foundation’s latest project has been rehoming a vulnerable family in Lebanon.

Sunny is also Ambassador for The Little Hearts Project which provides free life-saving heart surgery to babies and children with congenital heart defects from underprivileged families irrespective of gender, race, or religion.

Richard Strudwick – Board Member for Risk Management

Richard joined IPSA in 2018 as Section Chairman for Risk Management

He has a 29-year career in the Security Industry and has worked both client side and in the contracted-out Guarding, Major Events, Maritime, Travel Security and Risk Management Sectors. His experience has been gaining in Sales, Account Management. Operational and QMS disciplines.

Richard is a consulting led and customer focussed sales professional with 26 years’ experience in the provision of assured security solutions & consultancy to corporate blue-chip clients.

Richard specialises in creation and implementation of security solution design, and risk assessment and management.

Richard’s primary focus is helping clients mitigate risk in benign, challenging, and remote, austere environments; he uses his broad range of operational security and commercial experience to provide a rounded approach to problem solving.

He is a Validation Board Member of the Security Institute and re-joined IPSA recently having been impressed by the new leadership and participating the IPSA AGM as a guest speaker in 2018.

Dennis Ricketts – Board Member for Social Media & Marketing

Dennis joined IPSA in 1993, initially as a volunteer, and later on as Chairman of the South Wales Region, at a time when the UK was split into IPSA regions.  People who have been around IPSA for a long time will remember Dennis’ successful stints as Deputy Chairman and Membership Secretary.

Dennis is now the Board member for Social Media and Marketing.  As such Dennis is responsible for all IPSA merchandise sales, and is always pleased to here from members with suggestions about the “Next-New-Thing” which IPSA should be offering to members.

Polly Platts – Board Member for Systems & Technology

Polly joined IPSA in 2019 and is Section Chairman for Systems & Technology.

Polly is an enthusiastic and dedicated Account Director for Innovise; Innovise are the chosen technology partner of choice for many leading security providers In the UK and Globally. Polly has worked closely with leading professionals in the industry over the last four and half years and helps to make a difference to the management of the Security workforce using Technology and Innovation.

Through being heavily interested, involved, and exposed to the forefront of Innovation in the Industry, she is keen to bring her experience to IPSA to help to continue to drive positive developments.

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