Meet the Board
Our Women’s Security Society board is composed of women from different backgrounds who want to help and inspire other women with their careers. If you are interested in joining our board, please contact us!
Partnerships and Development
Houdah started in the legal industry and is a qualified solicitor who left the law to become more involved in the private security sector.
In 2013 began managing a security firm focused in Door Supervision, Houdah moved on to consult in recruitment, legal, marketing, contract bidding, operations and risk assessment for bigger security firms in different sectors including corporate, retail, CP and events.
Having also held an SIA licence and worked on the frontline mostly within licensed premises and sports events/festivals, Houdah has acquired a multiple perspectives and would like to utilise her background to support and work with others to raise standards and promote opportunities in the industry.
Partnerships and Development
Jayne King joined the NHS in 1991 and has extensive NHS experience in managing Security Services. Jayne 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. Prior to her NHS career, Jayne spent 9 years in the Royal Air Force assigned to both National and NATO Forces.
She has served two full terms (six years), as Chair and currently serves as Chair and Executive Director of the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS); developing links both at home and abroad. She is considered a subject matter expert and renowned speaker in her field of expertise. She is the current chair for SyCom (Security Commonwealth), where she has been instrumental lobbying Government for change along with the National Perceptions Campaign. Jayne has also developed the EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) Group within SyCom.
Siân Doherty MSyI
Secretary and Treasurer
I didn’t plan to find my career within the Security Industry, I started at Arc Monitoring in 2010, after graduating from University in Bristol. I worked within the CCTV control room, working 12-hour shifts 4 on 4 off. I worked during the day and even did the odd night shift. I was very lucky to have a supportive manager who introduced me to this wonderful industry. I took on more and more responsibility within Arc Monitoring, becoming the Control Room Manager after a few years.
In the summer of 2021, I was asked to step up into the role of Managing Director. I feel like I have a unique insight into the technical security world, as a young woman and also as someone who has worked their way up from the front line. I want to ensure that other women are offered the same opportunities to succeed as I was offered in this industry.
With the original plan of becoming a Scenes of Crime Officer, Anas discovered a different interest looking at the realms of private security for both large corporations and Small Medium Enterprise. She went on to complete her Masters Programme, focusing on the impact of business crime across UK retailers, it was from here that she embarked the start of her career in security partnership. Today Anas holds a wealth of experience in public-private partnerships, business continuity and corporate resilience.Throughout the years she has built her network, in both law enforcement and private security and has worked on a number of counter narrative programmes hoping to bridge the gap between private security and law enforcement.
“I am very proud to join the board of the Women’s Security Society, where I hope to work on a number of innovative projects with the wider board, partners in promoting and professionalising the security industry as a desirable career path for both those embarking on their career, or those considering a new path in their career journey ”
Ruth’s journey started back in 2013 whilst applying for part-time work to fit around her university studies (a previous stint working in a chip shop had been notoriously unsuccessful!) Through working at her local student nightclub and several national festivals and events, she discovered a passion for managing customer welfare; the diversity of the work opportunities, and challenging the expectations others might have of a 5’4 young female working in security.
Like many others, the industry got under Ruth’s skin, so much so that after a couple of years of teaching, she found herself missing the proactive, reactive, and reflective cycle of security work. Her skills as an educator were subsequently directed into upskilling the next generation of security trainers and professionals through delivering the Award in Education and Training and other security-based courses and taking the proactive approach to learning, is always on the lookout for CPD opportunities both for herself and for others.
Ruth found herself working in a variety of supervisory roles in retail and events before taking the reins of one of the largest contracts in London for FGH Security. Following her passion within the events sector, Ruth is now the UK Events Security Manager for The Walt Disney Company. Ruth’s strengths lie in EDI and tackling stereotypes and stigma attached to the industry to reveal the opportunities available to women in a security career. Ruth’s standards demand equality for all and she loves nothing more than helping others and raising the bar for women in the industry.
This has led to Ruth being a finalist for this year’s Women in Security awards 2022 and her team being finalists in the Security and Excellence awards 2021 & 2022.
Outside of work, Ruth loves to watch rugby, cook, go for long walks with her sausage dog, and socialise over a glass of wine!
Anna-Liisa Tampuu, ASyl
Partnerships and Development
Anna-Liisa has over 9 years of experience across the security sector; she is currently working in the public sector. Previously, Anna-Liisa spent almost 7 years working for a global emergency assistance company, gaining valuable experience as the head of intelligence and analysis. Driven by her entrepreneurial spirit, in 2019, Anna-Liisa also founded SheTravel, a platform focused on safe travel for women.
Anna-Liisa is passionate about empowering women and providing support for those keen to enter the security sector. She is an Associate Member of The Security Institute and a Co-chair of the Inclusive Security Special Interest Group. The group works on projects to improve industry practices and ultimately build a stronger, more inclusive workforce. In 2021, the IS SIG was awarded the David Clark Award for Exceptional Contribution to the UK Security Industry by The UK Security Commonwealth. In 2021, Anna-Liisa was selected to join the UN Women UK delegation to the 65th Commission on the Status of Women in 2021, hosted at UN Headquarters, joining online. Anna-Liisa also runs the Minerva initiative, supporting women in the security sector, and documenting the career journeys of women working in the industry.
Anna-Liisa holds an MA in International Relations and Security and a BA in Politics and Governance with a complimentary year in Criminology. After her studies, Anna-Liisa was a trainee with NATO HQ Counter- Terrorism Section in Emerging Security Challenges Division. Anna-Liisa also volunteered as a caseworker for Victim Support in London.
Sponsorships and Inclusion
Advancing to senior leadership level in Cleveland and New Zealand Police, Claire has transitioned over to the corporate world, co-founding a Safety & Security Consultancy, Learning and Development and SMART business, Nuology. As an accomplished transformational change agent, Claire has positively impacted many organisations' culture, people, and processes, nationally and globally.
An engaging speaker who captivates multicultural audiences, presenting on topics that resonate with others, such as ‘Transformational Change within Security Sector’, she is frequently invited to attend webinars as a panel member. She holds a Master’s in International Security that complements her vast experience in security, risk and resilience. Advocating Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Claire sits on multiple ED&I working groups in renowned international security institutes.
Caitlin entered the security realm in 2021, after almost three years working within His Majesty's Prison and Probation Services (HMPPS) as a Probation Services Officer. Caitlin worked with local councils, courts, police, charities, and multiple stakeholders to support prisons being places of safety, reform and care for people on probation. This was to reduce reoffending by rehabilitating people through education, housing and employment support.
Driven by the passion to develop and delve into something new, she looked into roles within security. After highlighting her transitional skills for the industry, Caitlin is now a Senior Infrastructure Consultant for Netcompany - one of the fastest growing and most successful IT services companies in Europe. Caitlin holds the position of Global Physical Security Officer for GKN Automotive - specialising in the protection of hardware, software, personnel, data and networks from actions and events that can cause critical loss or damage to an agency, enterprise, or institution. She is supplementing this transition from public to private enterprise with entry level cyber security training and Physical Security Professional (PSP) certification.
Caitlin holds an MA in Globalising Justice (Globalisation, Crime, Policing and International Relations). This was following an BA in Criminology from the University of Lincoln in 2016. Shortly after her studies, she spent just under a year living, travelling and working in China as an ESL teacher.
Caitlin is an advocate for intersectional feminism (Kimberlé Crenshaw, 1989) and promotes the understanding that women's overlapping identities impact the way they experience discrimination and oppression. She believes that creating a safe space for women to discuss shared/ conflicting issues and values, promotes success and a healthy mindset in our careers and personal lives.