Palladium Associates appoints Tom Waddell as Operations Director


Security, risk and investigation services company, Palladium Associates, has appointed Tom Waddell to the new post of Operations Director. With over 30 years working in recruitment and business operations, Tom has significant experience in the supply of staff for sensitive and high-profile situations and has worked with many UK and overseas police forces, government departments and private organisations.

In his new role, Tom has a UK wide remit to expand Palladium Associate’s current client portfolio, increasing awareness of this specialist security provider which offers a full range of risk consultancy services and are fully Accredited Counter Fraud Specialists.

Commenting on the appointment, Ed Smethurst, Chairman, said:

“The risks encountered by companies today are more challenging than ever before. Organisations are faced with an increasingly litigous and regulated environment resulting in greater exposure arising from the provision of their services.

We have been discreetly supporting a wide range of businesses mitigate these challenges and Tom’s appointment is hugely important, both in building an effective and efficient service offering and in growing our client base.”

Tom Waddell, added:

“I am delighted to be joining such a prestigious business and am looking forward to working in the security and investigations field again, a sector that I enjoy tremendously.”

One of Palladium Associates more publicly visible services is its work with transport and rail services, where its team assists both the rail companies and their customers on a daily basis: managing the safety and security of the passengers accessing public transport in high profile, crowded public events and situations such as football matches and concert venues.

The company also supports revenue protection initiatives for a number of rail companies, delivering a 33% improvement in revenue protection in one year, as well as undertaking internal and external fraud investigations.

Tom has previously held a number of high profile roles: UK Operations Director at G4S Policing Solutions; Head of S1 Select and Operations; UK Operations Director for Reed Employment.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (FIRP) and lives in East Kilbride, Scotland.

Palladium Associates is engaged by major organisations such as ScotRail, Metrolink, NHS, Eversheds, AIB Bank, Nottingham Trams, a wide variety of listed PLCs, high net worth individuals, leading UK and international law firms and banks.

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