IFPO UK welcomes two new members to its Advisory Board


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IFPO UK has welcomed two new members to its Advisory Board, Darren Chalmers-Stevens and Chris Middleton.

The Advisory Board is a group of highly experienced security professionals drawn from across the sector and it plays a vital role in determining the direction IFPO UK will be taking over the coming months and years, in its governance and in its mission to support the education and career development of frontline security officers, supervisors and managers.

Darren Chalmers-Stevens

Darren Chalmers-Stevens is a senior executive with proven success in business development, partner management and building world-class teams to accelerate growth for technology companies. As Managing Director of CriticalArc, Darren is responsible for the end to end delivery of sales, operations, support and strategic partnerships in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Attracted by the company’s dynamic founders and innovative software which he believed would upend the industry and transform the lives of millions worldwide, Darren joined CriticalArc in 2013 to lead the international expansion.

Before joining CriticalArc, Darren served as Vice President, EMEA for VidSys, Inc where he led year-on-year triple digit growth for three years. Prior to that he was the Technology Development Lead for ADT Fire & Security and he also held senior leadership positions at IBM and CNL Software during his 20+ years in the security industry.

Darren’s expertise is in advising large organisations how to respond to the increasingly complex threat and risk landscape by using best-practice technology to deliver value to both security operations and corporate bottom lines. Darren regularly participates in speaking engagements at high profile security events across the globe. When he’s not meeting with clients and attending industry events, Darren enjoys spending time with his family and putting down some miles on his road bike during the weekends.

Chris Middleton Dip ML

“Experienced, passionate and results driven senior leader with 17 years of proven and demonstrable experience in the FM sector, having held senior security & facilities management posts running UK wide contracts. The vast majority of my career has been spent working for large professional services firms and leading property agents within corporate real estate or retail sectors.

Having had great success working in recruitment for Michael Page, I wanted something with more career options and stability, following the birth of my first son when I 22.

So I started my career as a young security officer at Freshfields international law firm and went on to hold senior manager positions at Ernst & Young, Pricewaterhousecoopers, Deloitte and Marsh & McLennan Companies. I am now a security director back with ABM providing strategic direction of our ever-growing 74+ security contracts across the UK.”


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