Ward Security has announced that Executive Finance Director, Ben Draper has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, a new position created within Ward Security. In his new role, Ben will be an integral part of the Ward Security Executive Leadership Team alongside the founders of the business Kevin Ward, Managing Director and David Ward the CEO.
The company, which was founded in 2000, is listed in the Top 30 regulated security companies in the UK with a turnover of £31 million. The business has enjoyed exceptional organic growth throughout its development, growing at a compound annual rate in excess of 18% during the last five years, one of the highest rates in the industry over that period.
Ben joined Ward Security in 2013 as FD Designate from an Accountancy Practice; during his time in Practice he gained considerable experience across a number of industries and qualified as a chartered accountant. He was promoted to Executive Finance Director and the board of Ward Security Holdings in 2015. Assuming his new role of COO, Ben is uniquely qualified to design and drive strategic direction in the business having been part of the Executive board for the last three years and responsible for diligently steering the business through a period of accelerated growth while improving financial performance.
As Chief Operating Officer, he will be pivotal in overseeing the daily operations of the business encompassing all departments as well as implementing the core long-term objectives of the business both financial and non-financial.
Speaking about the new appointment, CEO David Ward said “We have tremendous confidence in Ben’s ability to steer the business and align Ward Security alongside the industry leaders. He has been a trusted advisor since he joined the board and his business acumen, as well as extensive experience in financial controlling, has shown not only that he understands the business inside out but has the aptitude to lead and deliver our common vision on growing and getting best out of the business.”