Two Sodexo security experts have been elected to the council of the International Professional Security Association.

National security manager Mark Death and Centre of Excellence development manager Jane Farrell were both appointed to the 18-strong council.

Formed over 50 years ago, the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) is a membership body for individuals and companies working in security and associated roles.

The election took place at the IPSA annual general meeting last month aboard HMS Belfast in central London. Sodexo provides catering, hospitality, event, and sales and marketing services at the venue, as well as the Churchill War Rooms.

Mark and Jane are both part of the team responsible for delivering Secure by Sodexo, security services at 160 sites across the UK and Ireland, and supporting 1,200 licensed security operatives.

Secure by Sodexo has an extensive portfolio of high-profile clients from the private and public sectors, such as general hospitals, university campuses, defence establishments, corporate head offices and manufacturing facilities.

In May this year Jane Farrell won the Women in Security Industry Award at the International Fire and Security Exhibition Conference in Birmingham. Jane was recognised for her efforts to increase the profile of female security officers through spearheading the Sodexo Women in Security group.

Mark Death, national security manager at Sodexo, said: “Being elected to the council is a great opportunity to help raise the profile of IPSA, and to encourage membership both within Sodexo and the wider security industry.”

Jane Farrell, Centre of Excellence development manager at Sodexo, said: “It’s an honour to be elected onto the IPSA council. I’ll be looking to introduce new members to the association and in particular more female members. I also want to develop training support.”

Justin Bentley, chief executive of IPSA, said: “I am delighted to welcome Mark and Jane onto the IPSA council as they are both fantastic ambassadors for the security industry. Mark originally entered the industry as a security officer and has shown that there are career progression opportunities for those committed to personal development and Jane's award already shows industry recognition of her commitment to professionalism. I am sure that their experience will be used to help many others within the security profession.”

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