Stuart acquired Provide in 2019, bringing almost two decade’s worth of experience in the security industry and a desire to diligently grow the company to the next level.
Having been frustrated with some of the working practices and lack of professionalism that he experienced as an employee, he formed his own security company in 2013. He has since successfully established this as a recognised event security provider in the South West.
Since joining Provide he has focussed on consolidation and strengthening the foundations to enable measured growth. He believes that loyalty and team cohesion are essential for the motivation and retention of staff and his first initiative was to implement a training programme to up-skill existing staff. He then expanded his core management team by promoting internally to reward talent.
His strengths are his work ethic, integrity and can-do attitude and he is very much a hands-on MD. More often than not, he can still be found on site, sharing his experience with colleagues and leading from the front.
Asim Naseer, Operations Director
Asim joined Provide in 2007 and progressed through the ranks to assume the role of Operations Director in 2015.
With a wealth of experience and as a first-class operator, he has overall responsibility for the delivery of the company’s programme and the lead on ACS accreditation and ISO audits.
Additionally, he mentors the Operations Managers on areas including: deployment plans and the allocation of resources, the implementation of Health & Safety, recruitment, vetting and stakeholder management.
Stuart McDonald MC, Non Executive Director
After graduating from Edinburgh with a Business Studies degree, Stuart embarked on a 17-year career as an officer with The Parachute Regiment; retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. His Army career was largely operationally focussed and in 2009, he was awarded the Military Cross for ‘outstanding leadership, coupled with exceptional and overt gallantry in the face of the enemy’. He also held staff appointments within the Army’s Headquarters and the Ministry of Defence.
On leaving the Army, Stuart joined Barclays Bank as the global Head of Governance and Compliance for corporate security, before assuming the role of Head of European and Indian Security. He then transitioned into Finance, assuming the role of Chief of Staff to the bank’s CFO, before being head-hunted to perform the same role for an UHNW founder of a Private Equity firm. He is also the co-founder of Matrix Intelligence; a corporate intelligence and investigations firm.
Lauren Turnbull, Commercial Director
After finishing university in 2010, Lauren secured a highly competitive placement on a graduate management scheme within a large utilities company.
Initially a team leader, she was quickly talent spotted and moved onto a fast-track management programme. This enabled her to gain experience across a broad-spectrum of operational roles and develop an extensive skill set and her performance was rewarded with a succession of promotions. Her strength lies in operational delivery and by the time she left, she led a department of 48 employees and had developed a number of notable performance enhancement initiatives such as good knowledge reporting.
Joining Provide in 2019, Lauren has injected a wealth of corporate and management experience and she has added rigour to our governance and compliance regime.
Her qualifications include Prince 2 Project Management and a NEBOSH General Health and Safety Certificate.
Faisal Hasan, Senior Operations Manager
Faisal joined Provide in 2016 as a highly experienced operations manager, having gained over 7 years’ experience within the Security and Events Industry with G4S. He is now a highly valued member of our core team and in addition to a wide operational remit, he also has geographical responsibility for the Greater London area and is the primary point of contact for many of our biggest clients.
He has amassed considerable experience at successfully deploying and managing large numbers of staff to support complex events and he is one of the key mentors on our talent management program.
Sean Flynn, Reading Operations Manager
Sean Joined our team in 2022 as our Reading Operations Manager. He brings a wealth of operational and managerial experience, gained over many years within the security sector; most recently, successfully leading a team of over 250 personnel on a complex multi-site contract with HS2
In a former life, he ran his own personal training company. A multi-disciplinary martial arts instructor, his spare time is dedicated to his passion for teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, and kickboxing.
He holds qualifications in Operations Management, Health and Safety, and Site Supervision.
Darren Gilbert, Operations Manager
Darren joined our team in 2020, with a demonstrable record of successfully managing large scale security deployments across differing sectors; from stadia and festivals, to racecourses and road events. It is testament to his professionalism and drive, that within his 8 years in the industry, he has been promoted from door supervisor to sector manager and he now manages an impressive portfolio of clients, including being our lead for the Jockey Club. He is respected by peers and clients alike for his can-do-attitude and ability to deliver.
Daniyal Butt, Compliance Manager
Daniyal’s relationship with Provide commenced in 2010, when he worked part-time with us to fund his undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
As part of our talent retention initiative and after his graduation, we offered him a flexible arrangement to enable him to pursue his personal goals. This paid dividend when he accepted our offer to assume a Management role in 2018. As such, he has responsibility for: recruitment, staff vetting, training and development, assisting with Payroll and ensure compliance with accreditations.
Deanne Nelson, Office Manager
Deanne started her journey with Provide as a steward for Reading FC in 2018 and shortly afterwards she was asked to assist in the control room at events such as London Pride and the Oxford half marathon. This enabled her to gain a boarder understanding of security operations and an appreciation for the role we play in ensuring safe and successful events.
In 2020 she joined us full time as a supervisor at a Covid19 testing centre and the following year we asked her to apply for the vacant position of Office Manager.
Prior to joining Provide she worked as a Marketing Manager at an advertising agency for 6 years. In her spare time she is passionate about nutrition and bodybuilding and she is the reigning PCA Hampshire’s overall bikini champion.
Richard Ashley, Keyholding and Alarm Response Manager
Joining the business in 2020, Richard, an ex-military manager brings with him a wealth of experience in logistics and Infrastructure management. His meticulous eye for detail and on-site execution has seen many large scale projects successfully delivered in an exceptional manner. In the security industry for the last 7 years, he also plays an active role in on-site staff deployment and supervision.
Sophie Colwill, HR Administrator
Sophie joined the team in 2022 as our HR Administrator, having just earned a 2:1 degree in psychology. She wishes to pursue a career Human Resources and she will be working towards a CIPD qualification with the company.
She has a strong sense of social responsibility, something she developed a passion for throughout her time in college, completing her Level 3 Health and Social Care course, and at university; firstly working as a playworker for an additional needs primary school and then as an autism practitioner.
In her spare time, Sophie enjoys visiting national trust sites, spending time with my friends and family and collecting classic books.