As I come to the end of my working life, I can’t help but think about some of the
great roles and amazing people I’ve met along the way. Sure, I love the fact that I
will be retiring soon but I can’t help feeling sad that I am leaving certain things
and people behind.
I’ve had a long and rewarding career in the manned guarding industry and finally
40 years has paid off.
Read on for a rough timeline of my life as a security guard.
My Life In Manned Guarding
1971 – My First Job
As a young lad of 24 I had only ever worked in my dad’s butcher shop. He
decided it was about time for me to leave the nest and start taking care of
myself. I started going for interviews for jobs in all sorts of fields, I had no idea
what I wanted to do! I finally secured a job working as a night watchman for a
hospital. Who knew that the little job I secured in manned guarding would be
the start of my career?
1980 – Promotion
I had worked for the hospital for 9 years and it finally paid off when I was
promoted to head of the night team. I was over the moon! I had a new job,
better wages and most importantly, I had met the love of my life. Her name was
Joanne and she was the daughter of a colleague of mine.
1985 – The Dark Days
5 years, a wedding and a baby boy later I was still working for the hospital.
Things had changed though. The hospital used to employ it’s own security
guards but they had given this up and called in a manned guarding company to
take over. I managed to keep my job but things weren’t the same. The team had
lost its family feeling and I started to realise I wasn’t happy.
1981 – The Birth Of My Company
A few of us had left the hospital and were out of work for a couple of months.
Times were tough and it was really hard to get a job so we decided to just carry
on doing what we knew how to do best, manned guarding.
We started up our own manned guarding company and started spreading our
name and service information about to different locations across the UK. Before
we knew it we had calls coming in from all over. People had heard that we were
the best and they couldn’t wait to hire us to keep their grounds safe.
2001 – The Payoff
20 years into our own little company and we had realised we made it. We now
had 5 offices based at different locations around the UK and independent
manned guarding specialists working in around 60 towns and cities. At this
point we signed a £20 million deal with a large telecoms company, things really
couldn’t have been going better for us.
2013 – Retirement
It feels great to know I have achieved so much in my life. I couldn’t be happier to
pass the torch down to my son who will be taking over as CEO. If only I could
hear what my father would say about how my life has turned out, he always
knew I was destined to be more than ‘the butcher’s son’.
Joanne and I are still together and we can’t wait to kick our
feet up and relax in our freshly built Australian property. She
still thinks that I’m going to try and branch out down under.
I’ve promised her I won’t but surely every country needs
My Life In Manned Guarding