Meet the team

Venture’s seasoned management team are all experts in their respective fields, with experience gained over many decades and across a broad spectrum of industries. As a company, we maintain a strong focus on training, as we believe it is vital if we are to continue to provide effective and highly professional staff, while exceeding our customers’ expectations.

 

Paul Howe

Paul Howe BSc (Hons), MSyI, MICM, AMBII

Managing Director

Paul has worked in the Security Industry for more than eighteen years and established Venture Security in 2006. In this time he has built a wealth of experience in the protection of people and assets.

Paul has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Plymouth and is a qualified and experienced trainer. He is an enthusiastic and practical security director with over eighteen years of experience in manned security. He is a strong leader with an acute eye for detail and strives for perfection in all that he sets out to achieve. Paul is an active member of the SIA’s Strategy and Standards Group and is a member of the Security Institute. He is currently studying towards his Masters in Security and Risk Management.

Outside of Venture, Paul dedicates his time to helping local community groups such as Andover Community First Responders, a local group who respond to medical emergencies, and Andover Businesses Against Crime, a group committed to the reduction of business crime in and around the town. He also enjoys early morning circuit training to stay in shape.

Linkedin Profile: Paul Howe

Contact: paul.howe@venturesec.co.uk

 

Sara Howe

Sara Howe BA (Hons), ACIM

Director

Sara joined Venture full-time in 2013 as Office Manager, having come from a marketing and business development background of over eight years in the healthcare industry.

Sara’s role has evolved over the years and she is now a Director with a focus on customer relations, business development and marketing, developing and maintaining the success of Venture’s accreditations, overseeing the screening and vetting of new employees, and providing general operational and strategic support to the management team.

Linkedin Profile: Sara Howe

Contact: sara.howe@venturesec.co.uk

 

Michael McGarry

Michael McGarry

Sales Director
Michael joined Venture in June 2018 and is working closely with the senior management team to spearhead the company's ambitious expansion plan. Michael has more than 20 years’ experience in business development. This includes five years spent working as managing director at a regional catering and events firm, and being director of sales EMEA for a hospitality technology company.

Alongside his passion for business, Michael is a keen martial artist. He is President of the World Council of Ju Jitsu Organisations and has been director of the Great British Ju Jitsu squad for the last eight years.

Linkedin Profile: Michael McGarry

Contact: michael.mcgarry@venturesec.co.uk

 

JODIE STEVENS

Compliance Manager

 Jodie is Venture’s Compliance Manager and is responsible for overseeing all regulatory, privacy and compliance matters within the organisation, ensuring British standards are applied. This includes managing the company’s many accreditations, such as National Security Inspectorate (NSI) Gold, SafeContractor, CHAS, and the ACS Pacesetters and SIA approved contractor schemes.

Prior to joining Venture, Jodie worked for 11 years at Heathrow airport within airfield operations, safety and transformation. As such, she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the airfield, maintaining safety processes and dealing with any accidents and incidents as required, and more recently improving the operational efficiency of ground operations. This followed 18 months carrying out a similar operational role at Southampton airport. 

Linkedin Profile: Jodie Stevens

Contact: jodie.stevens@venturesec.co.uk

 

 

Duncan Robertson

Duncan Robertson

Account Manager (Events)

Duncan has been part of the team at Venture for almost 12 years. Having worked in the events industry his whole career, since 2015 Duncan has been responsible for the event security side of the business.

From strategic operational planning, to overseeing all security, stewarding and car park operations during an event, Duncan ensures each assignment runs smoothly. A key part of this is liaising between clients, stakeholders, staff and the emergency services, to ensure safety and security procedures are maintained and that relevant legislation is always enforced.

Duncan has a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of event protocols and procedures, having managed security and stewarding teams for both small and large scale events, including green field sites. He holds qualifications in Level 5 Crowd Science and Risk Analysis, Level 4 Spectator Management and is working towards NCRQ Diploma in Applied Health & Safety. Duncan also holds an SIA Licence in Close Protection and CCTV.

Linkedin Profile: Duncan Robertson

Contact: duncan.robertson@venturesec.co.uk

 

HELEN BUTLER

Office Manager 

With more than 15 years’ experience and a passion for organisation and efficiency, Helen joined the Venture team as Office Manager in January 2020. Working at the heart of Venture’s operations, Helen ensures the smooth running of the office on a day-to-day basis, as well as supporting the senior team with key operational processes and administration. This includes recruitment and the screening/vetting of all new employees, as well as managing the company’s fleet, uniforms, equipment inventory and staff training.

Prior to joining Venture, Helen worked as office manager for a large pet insurance company and was responsible for facilities management as well as the day to day management of office operations.

Linkedin Profile: Helen Butler

Contact: helen.butler@venturesec.co.uk

 

Ben Gallimore

Ben Gallimore

Operations Supervisor

Ben has worked on the frontline for Venture Security in the Security Industry for several years working as a Door Supervisor. During this time Ben proved himself a reliable and valuable asset to the company. Ben joined us on a full time basis in 2017 as an Operations Assistant and is now our Operations Supervisor. Ben is responsible for ensuring that our Mobile Patrols run efficiently and fulfil customer expectations, managing the paperwork, quality assurance systems and safety procedures.

Ben comes from a background in electrical engineering and brings with him a practical skill set and a passion for problem solving.

Linkedin Profile: Ben Gallimore

Contact: benjamin.gallimore@venturesec.co.uk

 

DARREN WINTER

Account Supervisor (Town & City Projects)

Darren joined the team at Venture in early 2016 as an Event Steward before rising up the ranks to become a CSAS accredited City Centre Security Officer in 2018. Building a strong rapport with local residents and businesses, in May 2019 Darren received an ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction award for the role he played in disarming and detaining a man who was a threat to himself and others.

By January 2020, Darren had been promoted to Account Supervisor (Town & City Projects). As such, he now oversees our town and city centre projects in multiple locations across the region, managing a large team of security officers and liaising between customers and other stakeholders. Darren holds both DS and CCTV licences and has also carried out training in mental health first aid and safety for managers.

Linkedin Profile: Darren Winter

Contact: darren.winter@venturesec.co.uk

 

 

MANDIE SCOTT

Bookkeeper

Experienced accounting professional, Mandie Scott, has worked with Venture for more than six years, officially joining the team as an employee in May 2019. With a background in finance that spans 20 years and an ATT qualified bookkeeper, Mandie’s key responsibilities include dealing with purchase and sales invoices and ensuring Venture’s accounts are always in order.

When she’s not busy crunching the numbers, you are most likely to find Mandie racing through fields and along country trails, as a member of a local ‘muddy runners’ club

Contact: mandie.scott@venturesec.co.uk 

 

 

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