Cheryl Connaghan: Being a Female Leader at SecuriGroup


Cheryl Connaghan, who was recently promoted to Systems National Account Manager, reflects on her successful progression within the company and offers advice to other women starting their career journey within the security industry.

More men than women work in security. Why do you think that is?

The security industry is sometimes perceived to be a predominantly male-housed sector. I think that this may deter some strong female candidates from seeking employment with security companies. However, my experience at SecuriGroup has shown there are many great opportunities available to advance and progress your career.

How does SecuriGroup support its diverse teams and how do they attract new entrants to the industry?

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion is a key focus area for us at SecuriGroup. We have a diverse working group, led by our executive team, and our Chair, Baroness Ruth Henig, carries out one-to-one mentoring sessions with many female team members to develop their leadership skills.

There may be a gender bias within other companies, but the majority of SecuriGroup's crucial head office departments are under the strategic direction of female leaders.

Organisations must ensure that they keep attracting and retaining talented women. SecuriGroup is actively encouraging women to join the business in a lot of traditional and innovative ways.

What are the benefits of a job in security for women?

Personally, I have been shown great support by my colleagues at SecuriGroup and my four years with the company has been amazing. I have been encouraged to use my voice and do feel empowered to speak up, which has worked wonders for my personal and professional development.

No two days are ever the same. It's a really rewarding place to work, made special by the great teams I work with across the business.

What advice would you give to women joining the security industry?

Be confident and you will succeed.

Go outside your comfort zone and embrace the opportunities available to you. I would advise any women considering a career within the industry to do it! Now is such an exciting time to join. 

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