Brian Sims

Optimal Risk Group set to welcome Rick Mounfield as new director

OPTIMAL RISK Group – the provider of tailored risk management solutions across a diverse array of business sectors – has announced the appointment of Rick Mounfield CSyP as a director of the business.

As recently reported by Security Matters, Mounfield is soon to leave The Security Institute after five years in the role of CEO. Going forward, he will be responsible for helping the Optimal Risk Group to develop its numerous services across the full range of sectors in which it operates.

Mounfield is a global specialist in the arenas of protective security and close protection risk management. He was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal in 2011 for his outstanding career, which included the provision of close protection services for British ambassadors and senior generals in hostile countries. Mounfield served a total of eight years on operations across 22 years of service in the British Army. He’s the proud holder of an MSc in Security Management gained through study at Loughborough University.

Commenting on the news, Mike O’Neill (Group managing director at the Optimal Risk Group) stated: “Having known Rick since before he left the Army and then observed how he has grown as a professional, I’m personally very pleased that he’s joining us. This is an exciting time for the Group and Rick will be an important part of our future growth.”

Bridging the divide

In response, Mounfield noted: “Joining the Optimal Risk Group at this time is not only exciting, but also offers the challenges that I need for the future and the next stage of my career. The Group’s client base is enviable, bridging the divide from Government to the corporate and the private sectors.”

Mounfield added: “Most importantly, Mike has been a mentor and friend for more than ten years now. I’ve witnessed his altruistic nature. He’s always giving freely of his time for others and enjoys the highest levels of respect from his peers. Optimal Risk is a truly ethical and passionate company that nurtures its staff, encouraging personal growth as much as it does the growth of the business itself.”

Mounfield leaves The Security Institute having successfully doubled the organisation’s membership and established it as the leading professional membership body for dedicated practitioners here in the UK. He starts in his new role at the Optimal Risk Group on Monday 2 May.

Trusted and confidential support

Optimal Risk offers trusted and confidential support for its clients from the Boardroom through to the field operations level. Its approach is to support clients in becoming resilient organisations that are prepared to respond effectively to any strategic or operational risk.

Across the years, the company has developed a range of specialist training courses in conjunction with subject matter experts in order to equip organisations and operators with the knowledge, skills and Best Practice needed to ensure top level performance. Many of its qualifications are accredited on the RQF. In other instances, the company works closely with clients to develop bespoke courses that address their particular circumstances.    

Optimal Risk also delivers operationally focused technical training for Government, law enforcement and specialist Critical National Infrastructure capabilities.

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