Meet the Crowdguard Team
Co Founder and Operations Director
Deborah is the founder and operations director of Crowdguard, with responsibility for guiding the strategy and ethos of both the UK and US business. A client-centred business leader who is passionate about delivering consistently high standards of customer service and professionalism, Deborah is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations at Crowdguard and ensuring we always provide the right solution, aligned to risk, requirement and budget.
Deborah is also instrumental in forming partnerships with supply chain partners and ensuring Crowdguard can offer the right combination of safety and security solutions to deliver a market-leading service and tailored response to customers’ needs. Her focus on quality assurance has led to the development of Crowdguard’s unparalleled quality processes, ensuring the compliance and integrity of every installation and the provision of accurate paperwork to evidence due diligence. She is also involved in ensuring that all installation operatives are fully trained and that all HVM and perimeter protection equipment is serviced and maintained.
Alongside her strategic and operational responsibilities, Deborah also drives marketing activity for Crowdguard and is actively involved in business development and customer engagement.
With a career spanning 20 years in the event safety management and perimeter protection sector, Iain is a highly knowledgeable and commercially astute team player.
Starting off in the industry as an installation technician for ATG, an important supply chain partner for Crowdguard, Iain eventually progressed to ATG’s sales and marketing director. His understanding of the event safety and anti-terror security market around the world and his strategic vision for growth make him the perfect fit for Crowdguard’s capabilities as a turnkey specification, supply and installation partner.
Iain’s focus on a day-to-day basis is to provide expert guidance to event organisers, commercial clients and those responsible for the public realm, from risk assessment and specification, through to deployment.
Insightful and client focused, Iain excels at translating project specifics into deliverables and is passionate about keeping people safe.
Counter Terrorism & Risk Director
With more than 18 years’ counter terrorism and risk mitigation experience, Russ works with our clients to help them understand their risk factors and advise them on appropriate and proportionate risk mitigation measures.
A member of the Security Institute, Russ has a Level 6 qualification in event counter terrorism risk management from the University of Cumbria, along with a Level 4 in security coordination and integrated risk management. He has completed National Protective Security Authority (NPSA) courses in hostile mitigation and vehicle dynamics assessment. He is also the author of the counter terrorism chapter in the Purple Guide; an international handbook that is widely respected as a best practice guide for event best practice around the world.
During a 30-year career in the police, Russ was instrumental in managing the National Barrier Asset at Sussex Police; a specialist unit advising on hostile vehicle mitigation and event security and deploying HVM and perimeter protection at events of local, national, and international importance. He spent the last five years of his policing career at the National Counter Terrorism Police HQ (NCTPHQ) as part of the National Vehicle Threat Mitigation Unit. His experience of risk assessment, risk mitigation strategy and HVM deployment encompasses major events including Operation Lyceum – the Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Operation London Bridge – the death of Her Majesty the Queen, G7 and COP26, along with sporting events such as the Wimbledon Championships, the Champions’ League final in Cardiff, and the FIFA Euros 2021.
Head of Operations
Stuart is our Head of Operations, with responsibility for all operational activities – from managing our HVM equipment and governance of our teams, through to scheduling and overseeing deployment of our temporary, semi-permanent and permanent protection.
A client services professional with a proven track record in several sectors, including the security sector, Stuart is responsible for day-to-day operational management at Crowdguard, ensuring a full method statement is in place for every project and that the correct equipment and skills are deployed in the correct locations.
His client-facing role includes effective communication of what to expect and visiting installation sites, carrying out a quality assurance audit of every job to verify that every project meets our strict QA standards.
Stuart’s role also involves governance and continuous improvement of our operational processes, ensuring that quality and efficiency are consistent across every project and that Crowdguard’s unique Plan, Provide Protect model is scalable as we continue to grow.
Responsible for overseeing deployment of all Crowdguard’s HVM, barriers, fencing and hoarding systems, along with our installation teams, Andy has a varied role that underpins the company’s reliability, service delivery and quality assurance.
Andy attends site visits to discuss customers’ safety and security requirements on site and understand the locations for the installation. His remit also involves drawing up the kit list for each project and developing the RAMS for the installation. He is responsible for arranging transport to site, ensuring that we have the right trained and experience teams and well-maintained kit in the right place, at the right time.
For each installation, Andy manages the team and makes sure the installation is completed to specification and to Crowdguard’s strict quality standards and PSSA guidelines. He is also responsible for managing the de-rig process and ensuring every site is left neat and tidy.
Andy’s role includes cleaning, maintaining and repairing all equipment and checking that every asset is in good order before it leaves for deployment and when it returns to the Crowdguard yard.
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