An award-winning security firm providing vital services to keep the country running during the COVID-19 pandemic has appointed a new CEO and managing director following a year of huge growth.

SSGC Ltd has appointed David Stubbs to the newly-created position of CEO of both SSGC and WLTS, a new offshoot firm which delivers temporary labour and recruitment services to businesses.

The company has also promoted Demelza Staples to managing director of SSGC from her previous role as its operations director.

SSGC has grown from a £1.5 million annual turnover in 2014 to more than £100 million today and both promotions are part of its plan to continue growing as the country navigates its way out of the pandemic.

Last year, the Armed Forces Covenant signatory deployed more than 4,000 staff to marshal COVID-19 testing centres across the UK, many of whom were military veterans.

It has since expanded to providing lateral flow testing support for schools across the UK and launched WLTS, which has already secured a £40 million contract to provide personnel to Comensura, a market leader in managing supplies of temporary, permanent and contract labour.

David, a former military policeman, was a key driver in the management buy-out of SSGC in 2014, while Demelza is an experienced retail professional specialising in risk, security, loss prevention, operations and HR.

David said: “I’m delighted to have guided the business to its current position. The creation of the CEO role is another sign of the continuing ambition of the business as we look to build a winning senior team which will create positive change within the security sector.

“It’s critical to its ongoing success that SSGC mirrors the country by forging ahead into a post-pandemic world, building a solution which is fit for the new way of conducting business.

“I am heartened the sizable contract wins over the last couple of months are a sign we’ve got things right. It is especially pleasing our social value activity is valued by the larger, more evolved corporates and we will continue to invest in a better living standard for all of our staff and the wider communities.

“There are many brands emerging from the growth of SSGC as we keep our focus on specialisation and meaningful innovation, and I am excited by the challenges and opportunities the future holds.

“I would like to congratulate Demelza, who has made a huge positive impact on our COVID-19 testing solution. I am certain she will prove to be an exceptional leader.”

Demelza added: “It’s amazing to have been involved at a senior level in this business’s meteoric rise to the top. Very few of us experience 1,500 per cent year on year growth and while the last year has been challenging, it has been the most rewarding of my life.

“I am pleased the board has further invested in me in awarding me the managing director’s post as I strongly believe this is the best job available in the industry today.

“Probably the most exciting part for me is the fact SSGC has already continued with its winning ways. There are a number of large positive announcements to make at the start of my MD journey – watch this space!

“Through our commitment to the veteran community and continued professional development of all our employees, we have built a highly-skilled team to support our growth programme.  I am thrilled to be taking on the MD role and thank the owners of the business for offering me this fantastic opportunity.”

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By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.