Our new Operations Manager Alfie Roach joins us, bringing with him over 17 years of experience in security, management, and training.
We sat down with Alfie to learn a bit more about him, and what makes him tick. You can read the full interview with Alfie below;
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Currently approaching the big 40, I cherish my role as a family man, relishing moments with my ten-year-old daughter and cherishing nine years of blissful marriage. Born and bread in London with ties to Kent, I made the move to Totton Southampton in 2018 and haven’t looked back since. The pace of life is remarkably different from central London, and I love the fact we have so much on our doorstep.
What unique skills or experiences do you bring to the Veritech Security team?
With 17+ years in security, management, and training, I excel in roles spanning business development, project management, and security training. My skills encompass contract management, procurement, and new business growth. Previously, as a Security Excellence & Assurance Manager, I focused on training delivery, KPI management, and innovative training approaches.
My Project Manager role involved efficient project execution, and as a Director, I specialised in designing, manufacturing, and installing Raised Access Flooring Systems for modern offices and data centres. Serving as a Senior Project Manager, I managed databases, executed contracts, and spearheaded new business.
As a Security Training Manager, I delivered diverse programs, ensuring adherence to plans and innovation. Earlier roles included Security Controller, overseeing operations, and Project Co-ordinator/Estimator, managing projects from estimation to execution.
What will be you be doing in your new role at Veritech Security?
I'm dedicated to propelling strategic growth. This involves seizing new opportunities, nurturing client bonds, and managing contracts transparently. I want to prioritise team performance to ensure we deliver excellence collaboratively. Through strategic approaches, personalised services, and unwavering client satisfaction, my objective is to solidify Veritech’s position as an industry leader.
What are you most looking forward to in your role?
I am particularly enthusiastic about engaging in projects and initiatives that are aimed at driving substantial business growth for Veritech Security. Whether it's through expanding our client base in untapped markets, implementing strategic marketing campaigns to enhance brand visibility, or forging partnerships that open new avenues for revenue, I'm eager to contribute my expertise to initiatives that have a direct and positive impact on increasing our business footprint. Being part of endeavours that align with this objective resonates strongly with my professional drive and aspirations.
How do you see your role evolving in the company?
I envision my role evolving in a dynamic way within the company. Initially focusing on mastering the current responsibilities, I aim to progressively take on more leadership and strategic contributions. By actively engaging in key projects, collaborating cross-functionally, and leveraging my skills in business development, I see myself playing a pivotal role in driving the company's growth.
As I gain a deeper understanding of the organisation's goals and challenges, I aspire to contribute innovative ideas and solutions. Continuous learning, adapting to emerging industry trends, and embracing new responsibilities are integral to my vision, ultimately leading to a more influential and impactful role within the company.
In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges currently facing the security industry?
The cost-of-living crisis alongside the challenge of supporting those with mental health issues creates difficult and challenging sitations, so considerations on relevant training, equipment and support needs to be factored in.
How do you think technology is changing the landscape of security services?
Technology can only further assist the landscape of the security services, the use of analytics CCTV, real time monitoring will only continue to provide opportunities to strengthen our security offerings and protect client’s peoples, premises, and assets.
What aspect of Veritech Security's company culture attracted you to join?
Veritech Security's commitment to professionalism, reliable systems, and exceptional service delivery, both from frontline staff and the cohesive management team, drew me in. The strong sense of teamwork and togetherness within the company culture resonates with my values, making it an ideal environment where I can contribute effectively and thrive.
What have you enjoyed the most about Veritech so far?
The whole team have been very welcoming, and I feel like I have honestly worked for the company for years not months, there is a tremendous sense of support within the team and the company has a culture of collaboration and growth throughout. The office environment has a great mix of both professionalism but also fun and laughter which is import.
What are your professional goals for the next year?
Personally, I want to get my feet under the desk and cultivate good relationships and service provision with existing client as well and assisting the team to add further clients to our existing portfolio.
How do you plan to contribute to the growth and success of Veritech Security?
I envision my role evolving in a dynamic way within the company. Initially focusing on mastering the current responsibilities, I aim to progressively take on more leadership and strategic contributions. By actively engaging in key projects, collaborating cross-functionally, and leveraging my skills in business development, I see myself playing a pivotal role in driving the company's growth. As I gain a deeper understanding of the organisation's goals and challenges, I aspire to contribute innovative ideas and solutions. Continuous learning, adapting to emerging industry trends, and embracing new responsibilities are integral to my vision, ultimately leading to a more influential and impactful role within the company.
Can you share a fun fact about yourself?
Unfortunately I have one of those faces alongside the fact I am 6ft 1, where I tend to get called out during shows. Examples include during a recent Whitney Houston Tribute show where I was called out to dance in front of an audience of a few thousand people or as shown in the below picture where I was quiet happily watching a comedy show on a P&0 cruise to Amsterdam where I went from being part of the audience to part of the show which was hilarious for those watching but somewhat embarrassing for myself. I do however always give it a go and like a good laugh and my wife and friend enjoyed it!
Outside of work, what are some of your hobbies or interests?
Beyond my professional pursuits, I have a diverse range of hobbies and interests that enrich my life. As a passionate football supporter, I've upheld a strong allegiance to Chelsea FC for many years. Outside the stadium,
Engaging in activities like the Man vs Fat 5-a-side football league allows me to not only work on weight loss but also fosters mental well-being and camaraderie among fellow participants. Alongside, I find solace in activities like fishing, unwinding at the theatre, and embarking on memorable family vacations. As a sports enthusiast, I immerse myself in various sporting events and enjoy dog-walking with our loyal companions, Barnum the Springer Spaniel, and Luna the Cavachon. These interests collectively contribute to a balanced and fulfilling life outside of work.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our clients?
Only that I am open to meeting with new and existing clients to work alongside them to cultivate great working relationships and where possible provide comprehensive offerings of the many services Veritech Security provide.
Anyone wishing to arrange a informal or formal meeting should feel free to contact me on 07731422093 or via email @ email@example.com