The NAHS Executive Committee comprises of the President, Chair, Vice Chair (North), Vice Chair (South), Executive Director responsible for Publicity, Social Media and IT, an Executive Director responsible for Membership, an Executive Director without Portfolio and NAHS Secretary. The association is also supported by our Treasurer.
Executive Directors are all volunteers who give up their valuable time to promote the work of NAHS and healthcare security professionalism and drive the association strategy and 5 year plan. Further details of the roles and responsibilities of an Executive Director are contained within the NAHS Constitution.
If you are interested in volunteering or just want to find out more, please email email@example.com
Peter Finch – President
Peter is President of the National Association for Healthcare Security and a former officer of the Royal Air Force Security (Provost) Branch where his work encompassed counter intelligence, counter terrorism, Royal/Diplomatic and nuclear security. Peter has an extensive managerial, organisational and operational background in security management. He was previously the Security Adviser at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, one of the largest NHS Acute/Teaching Trusts in the UK.
He also served for 3 years as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service, a Special Health Authority that was based in London. Peter is a Chartered Security Professional, an ASIS Certified Protection Professional, and is a Fellow of the Security Institute (where he leads on Continuous Professional Development), the Institute of Chartered Managers and the Institute for Leadership and Management. He was also privileged to be included in the IFSEC Global Top 40 Most Influential People in Security and Fire 2013.
Jayne King – Chair
Jayne joined the NHS in 1991 and has extensive NHS experience in managing both in house and contracted Security Services. She also provides consultancy services to other Trusts in the recruitment of security managers and the development of security services within the healthcare setting ensuring compliance with legislation and national standards. She is currently the Head of Security and Site Services at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London which is one of the largest and oldest hospitals in the UK.
One of Jayne’s key priorities is the building of partnership links and community working within the security setting. She currently sits on and hosts Police Safer Neighbourhood meetings, is a member of the South Bank Business Watch, London Bridge Security Forum and the South Bank Visitors Management Group. Prior to her NHS career Jayne spent 9 years in the Royal Air Force assigned to both National and NATO Forces.
Jayne is accredited both as a Local Security Management Specialist (LSMS) and Conflict Resolution Trainer. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, a Post Gradate Diploma in Management, is an Accredited Security Management Specialist (ASMS) and is a Fellow of the Security Institute (FSyI).
Martin Lomas – Vice Chair North
Martin commenced his working career in Healthcare Security back in 1994 at Tameside Hospital and is still involved with the services to date, along with sixteen additional NHS Trusts in the UK but mostly the North of England.
Overall responsibility for creating a high quality and effective security services to our existing clients within ENGIE. Driving continuous improvement and innovation to enhancing service quality and creating bespoke services. Martin has developed and implemented a unique security training program to aide the front line security staff in reducing risks, violence and aggressive in the work place and protection to NHS staff, patients and visitors.
Ability to implement business continuity to services making them unique and dynamic with the ability to switch from a pre-planned delivery model to a reactive security service seamlessly. Martin formed part of the NHS Protect working group for the review and implementation of the Standards for Providers in security management.
Accredited Security Management Specialist (LSMS) since 2014.
Nicholas Reed – Vice Chair South
Nicholas has worked in both in-house and consultancy capacities across a range of organisations, public and private sectors, including Police and the Safety & Security Audit field on London 2012 Olympics. He has been involved in the development of SIA security qualifications, consulted on the refinement of British Standards for the sector and written material used in national security training programs. He has also held board positions in a number of charitable organisations, in the Search and Rescue field, and presently sits on the board of a local Business Crime Reduction Partnership (Community Interest Company).
Nicholas is the Trust’s PREVENT Lead, Chair the Health & Safety Committee, an internal Freedom To Speak Up Guardian and sits on the Strategic EPRR Committee. He is a qualified TRiM Practitioner and an ASIST Suicide Intervention practitioner.
Neil Shanks – Executive Director responsible for Membership
Neil is currently the Security Transformation Lead and LSMS for St Andrew’s Healthcare, the largest not for profit secure mental health charity in the country, having previously held positions as the Head of Security and Security Manager. Neil is a Law graduate specialising in criminal law and the Law of Medicine. Neil later went on to complete the Accredited Security Management specialist Training via NHS Protect and also achieve a MSc in Security Management from Loughborough University.
Neil worked in Prisoner Custody prior to entering into the world of Secure Mental Health. After joining the ranks of Security Management at 24 Neil became more involved in the Security Institute (SyI), helping to found the SyI Young Members Group (YMG) and acting as the Deputy Chair for approximately two years. Neil has been and remains active in numerous groups within the SyI, including the Membership Management Advisory Group and the Built Environment Group. Neil is active with other industry specific groups including the Royal College of Psychiatrists where he assists in reviewing hospitals compliance to the standards, raising awareness of the importance for standardised security at every opportunity.
John Currie – Executive Director responsible for Publicity, Social Media and IT
John is currently the Head of Security and NHS Accredited Local Security Management Specialist (LSMS) for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. He is a former Royal Air Force Police Special Investigator (CID and Drug Squad) who after over 23 years service began working with the NHS in 2005 as a Dugs Worker with the Coventry Drugs Intervention Programme before moving back to the Policing and Security and Consultancy field in 2006 and gaining his NHS Security Management LSMS accreditation in 2007. John has worked across all sectors of the NHS and has been with Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust since January 2016.
He has a particular interest in Mental Health Acute and Forensic services and works closely with the Mental Health Trusts who are hosted by Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. In addition to the ‘normal’ day job John is the Cross Sector Safety and Security Communication (CSSC) network Security Management Single Point of Contact for the NHS and deputy Sector Lead. Alongside this he delivers Lone Worker Training, Personal Safety skills and PREVENT and Project GRIFFIN Counter Terrorism awareness training and is currently promoting our new mentoring programme.
Mike Lees – Executive Director responsible for Governance
Mike served with the South Yorkshire Police for 30 years prior to his appointment as a management trainer and NHS commissioning business resilience manager and in 2007 joined British Transport Police as NE Area Emergency Planning Manager. His police experience included posts in community liaison, communications and contingency planning, whilst his role for an international training agency included working with BNFL at Sellafield, Virgin Trains, Royal Mail and the Environment Agency. In September 2008 he joined Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as the Security and Resilience Manager and now as Head of Business Security holds this corporate responsibility.
As lead for the Voluntary Adopter strand of the national Surveillance Camera Strategy he works closely with the Commissioner Tony Porter to ensure that the guiding principles of the Code are accepted by other organisations. Mike is also an active member of the Security Institute and Worshipful Company of Security professionals.
Mike is a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP), Fellow of the Security and Business Continuity Institutes and Emergency Planning Society. He is a Member of a number of other professional bodies and holds an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management from the University of Leicester. Mike is also a qualified teacher and drone pilot, is proud to hail from Yorkshire, lives in Barnsley and received two commendations during his police service.
Roger Ringham – NAHS Secretary and Executive Director
Roger is the Head of Service for Security and Fraud Experts (SAFE), which provides security management, counter fraud and training services to the NHS, private healthcare providers, Local Government Authorities and the private sector. In addition Roger is Chair of the South West Region Security Management Group bringing together over 50 NHS and private healthcare organisations with a remit to share best practice, expertise and experience.
Prior to joining the NHS Roger spent the majority of his former Police career as a Detective; specialising in the investigation of major, serious and complex crime.
Nick van der Bijl – Retired President of NAHS
Nick van der Bijl BEM JP spent a total of 26 years in the Army, mainly Intelligence Corps, which has responsibility for military protective security, home and abroad; he saw active service in Northern Ireland and the Falklands War. He was appointed Trust Security Manager to North Bristol NHS Trust in 1996 and then moved to Somerset Partnership NHS Trust based in Bridgwater. He retired in 2016.
He opposed the development of the CFSMS (and NHS Protect) because in his experience of protective security, the structure focused largely on law enforcement at the expense of strengthening and developing protective security measures to minimise and control the risk with modern protective security strategies adjusted to suit the healthcare environment.
In 1994, he was awarded Diploma in Security Management from Loughborough University and is the author of several healthcare security articles in Security Management Today and Professional Security. He is married with a daughter.