Meet the Team – East Midlands

East Midlands Regional Management Board

Andrew Nicholls – Chairman – CSSC East Midlands

Andrew Nicholls has been involved with the CSSC project since it was established in 2011, as part of the security planning for the Olympics. He was originally an Industry Sector Lead and then became a member of the Senior Management Board. In December 2017 Andrew was delighted to be invited to take up the role of Chairman for the East Midlands Region.

Andrew was previously Chairman of the Food and Drink Security Association and a member of the Metropolitan Police Strategic Business Crime Forum. In 2015 he received a Chief Superintendents Commendation for his work during National Counter Terrorism Awareness week. In 2017 Andrew was voted the top influencer in security management at IFSEC and in 2018 received the George van Schalkwyk Award in recognition of his contribution to security management.

Prior to retirement Andrew was employed as the Head of Security for Mitchells & Butlers Plc and was also a Main Board Director of the Security Institute.

Andy Bunce – Deputy Chairman

Andy Bunce served in the Royal Air Force for over 32 years. He has an extensive background in devising complex planning and operational work in diverse and fragile environments. Accomplished in influencing organisations within the UK military, cross-Government and internationally on operations as well as security, policing and cultural issues from the strategic to tactical levels. He has worked operationally and in headquarters appointments within the United Kingdom, Germany, Gibraltar, the Falklands Islands, Turkey, Afghanistan and Bosnia. Born and raised in South Yorkshire, Andy read for a BA in Geography at Portsmouth University and MSc in Security & Risk Management at Leicester University. He is a Chartered Security Professional and a Fellow of the Security Institute.

Anthony Day 

Tony works for Leicestershire Police and is currently attached to the East Midlands Special Operations Unit. He has 39 years police service as both a Police officer and a member of police staff working within Neighbourhood Policing, Community Safety and Crime Reduction.  In recent years his focus has been on managing a protective security team in the East Midlands who deliver protective security advice and support to the public and private sectors, in particular to the business communities within the crowded places sector.

Chris Haward – Deputy Chief Constable

Chris is currently the Head of the East Midlands Specialist Operations Unit (EMSOU). This is the largest crime investigation collaboration in the UK responsible for Counter Terrorism, Major Crime, Serious and Organised Crime, Forensic Services and On-Line investigations in support of regional and national operations. EMSOU also provide specialist capabilities including surveillance, covert methods, digital investigation and digital forensics and intelligence support to local and regional teams. Prior to this Chris was the Assistant Chief Constable in Derbyshire responsible for local policing, uniform operations and response, criminal justice, victim care and the force Control Room.

Chris is a graduate in Law from the University of Leicester and went on to obtain a master’s degree in Public Order at the Scarman Centre at the University.

Paul Gibson – Deputy Chief Constable

Paul leads the East Midlands Specialist Operations Unit (EMSOU). This is the largest crime investigation collaboration in the UK responsible for Counter Terrorism, Major Crime, Serious and Organised Crime, Forensic Services and On-Line investigations in support of regional and national operations. EMSOU also provide specialist capabilities including surveillance, covert methods, digital investigation, digital forensics and intelligence support to local and regional teams. Paul is also responsible for the leadership of East Midlands Police Legal Services and the region’s academic collaboration.

Paul is the National Police Chiefs Council lead for Digital Forensics and also coordinates the national policing approach to the forensics marketplace; this complements his academic background, having graduated with a Doctorate in Molecular Medicine and a First Class Honours Degree in Genetics. Prior to taking up his current position in 2021, Paul has enjoyed senior positions in Lincolnshire Police, Derbyshire Constabulary and on national police change programmes.

Adam Taylor

Adam is the Senior UK Major Accounts Manager for Chubb Fire and Security and has over 25 years’ experience in the Security Industry. He is responsible for managing many of the large Fire and Security customers for Chubb and is considered to be an expert in security system design for multiple site premises. Adam is very proud of his track record and the fact that many of his accounts have been with Chubb for over 20 years.

Adam studied History, Politics and Philosophy at the University of Huddersfield between 1991 and 1994 and completed his MBA at the Nottingham Business School in 2001. He is a very keen supporter of CSSC  and has been an ISL in the East Midlands since 2019. During this time is has shared CSSC messages within his own organisation and also with his many national account customers.

Neil Shanks

Neil is the National Security Consultant for Corps Security. His role includes, but is not limited to, monitoring trends in the security sector, conducting various types of security and resilience reviews, penetration testing and intelligence reporting. Neil is also responsible for two National Accounts located in the Midlands and South West of England.

Prior to joining Corps Security Neil spent a decade working in secure custodial style settings, predominantly within Secure Mental Health. Neil was the Head of Security for a large Mental Health Charity during which time he was also a member of the National Association of Healthcare Security (NAHS) for whom he served a term as an Executive Director. Neil is also an active member of the Security Institute and assisted in the creation of the Young Member Group.

Rob Flowerdew

Rob is the HSSE Insight Manager for E.ON UK within the energy solutions business’ HSSE function. He is responsible for the identification of HSSE risks and threats to E.ON’s UK
businesses and supporting proactive risk management. Rob also supports emergency and crisis response.

Rob’s previous roles at E.ON have given him experience in security risk management and the reactive side of security; including criminal and conduct investigations and civil litigation.

Rob is supplementing his Law degree by studying towards a Masters Degree in Security and Risk Management at the University of Leicester having recently achieved his Post Graduate Certificate in the subject. Rob is the ISL for the energy sector and was the winner of the CSSC ISL Award in 2018.


Ruth Nixon 

Ruth Nixon has worked within the Security and Communication industries for over 18 years.

Ruth’s current role as Director of Ten Four Solutions, who are an East Midlands based Communication and Security company, sees her providing solutions to businesses, local Government or Trusts around the UK whether this be a national pub chain, well known holiday park or NHS Trust to name a few.

Ruth has been a member of the Security Institute since 2015 and has recently been appointed onto the board of the East Midlands CSSC.

Steve Goad 

Steve leads the UK Global Security team for Capital One (Europe) plc and is responsible for delivering a wide portfolio of enterprise security services across the UK business footprint.

Steve believes that creating a secure environment, which facilitates effective business operations, is an essential art form and believes that CSSC can significantly contribute to the safety of employees, assist police operations and limit business disruption in the event of a security incident. Steve has worked in the security field for over 30 years with the police, the military, and has held leading roles in the private security sector, international telecommunications and the financial services. He is a Chartered Security Professional, a Fellow of the Security Institute and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Eddie O’Grady

Eddie is the UK Safety & Security Manager for Starbucks Coffee Company UK Ltd. He is responsible for the safety of partners (employees), customers and assets for the Equity owned stores in the UK as well as pursuing opportunities to remove complexity and improving efficiency while maintaining integrity within the operational standards of the company. 

Prior to his time at Starbucks, Eddie worked for DSG International in a number of retail roles, including managing Curry’s Superstores, before moving into the internal security function where he held regional and central security positions. Eddie has been involved with CSSC since its formation and is now an ISL for the East Midlands region.

Steve Riley

Steve is a Chief Inspector with Leicestershire Police where he has served for 23 years.  He has worked in a variety of roles including community policing, response, the Force Control Room and Operations Training.  Steve is a current Tactical Firearms Commander and has also worked as a Public Order Commander.  From 2016 to late 2018 he spent time policing overseas on the British Overseas Territory of St Helena where he helped to develop Neighbourhood Policing and build a Firearms capability.  He was born and grew up in North Derbyshire and attended Lancaster University where he studied International Relations.

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