Brian Sims

New Board members announced for The Security Commonwealth

FOLLOWING CONFIRMATION at the recent meeting of The Security Commonwealth’s members, the Board has announced two new Board Members: David Ward and Houdah Al-Hakim. They join chair Jayne King, past chairs Guy Mathias FSyI and Joe Connell, Dave Cooke, Graham Bassett, Oliver Curran and Mike Hurst in leading the organisation’s development.

Al-Hakim (pictured) is the founder and CEO of Quick Click Security, an online platform currently in its infancy, but with a stated vision to become the ‘go-to’ for the private security industry. The platform is specifically designed to promote career opportunities as well as increase accessibility and access to training resources, knowledge and networks.

Trained and qualified as a solicitor, a chance encounter led Al-Hakim to the security sector. She helped to set up and manage a security services firm before moving on to consult with various SME organisations on everything from business development and recruitment through to operations, legal compliance and contract management.

Variety of perspectives

Having also been a Security Industry Authority licence holder working across various sectors, Al-Hakim has acquired a variety of perspectives which she now uses to assist others either joining the industry or otherwise looking to build a career within its ranks.

In 2017, Al-Hakim completed the Level 6 CSMP Diploma with the International Security Management Institute. She now sits on the Board of the Women’s Security Society, is a member of The Security Institute and also sits on the latter’s Inclusive Security Special Interest Group. 

More recently, Al-Hakim joined The Security Commonwealth’s own Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Special Interest Group and works extremely hard in supporting various initiatives which promote diversity and inclusivity within the private security industry as a whole.

Industry experience

David Ward is a senior security consultant who has worked at every level of security and across many of the security disciplines for over 25 years now. In 2000, he founded Ward Security – a company which, under his direction, grew to become one of the leading security businesses in the UK with a £45 million annual turnover and employing over 1,000 members of staff.

Ward left his role as CEO of the business earlier this year in order to establish DWA Associates and specialise in working with businesses at an international level to provide risk management consultancy, security advice and training.

Ward is a Board trustee of the Cross-Sector Safety and Security Communications initiative and chair of the South East Region, a role he has held since 2015 and one that involves developing strong partnerships between law enforcement agencies, local and national Government and private sector businesses. He’s rightly credited with creating the excellent City Security Council and is the immediate past chair of that body. 


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