When Gallagher Security Australia was searching for an organisation that they could support in raising awareness and funds, the entire team was unanimous in their decision to work with Bravehearts.
“Both Gallagher and Bravehearts share a similar vision and values,” says Gallagher Security’s Marketing and Engagement Manager for APAC and IMEA, Samantha Gibbons. “Gallagher is a privately owned, family company that has been in business for 85 years. As such, family values of respect, care, and fostering lasting relationships are important - all with the ultimate goal of creating a better future.”
These values are perfectly aligned with Bravehearts' vision; which is a world where people, communities, and systems all work together to protect children from sexual abuse.
Security is important to most organisations in varied ways. For Bravehearts, it is multi-faceted and nuanced. The physical security of the building and its people is of the highest importance to them. Bravehearts team members undertake sensitive work, and that work is not without its security challenges at times.
As CEO of Bravehearts, risk management and compliance are key functions of Alison Geale’s role, who states that ‘ensuring Bravehearts can keep their team members safe and the buildings they operate in secure, gives their team comfort and confidence’.
“Feeling secure and safe at work is a basic requirement as it should be for all organisations, no matter where you work. The safety of the team and the safety of the information within the organisation is paramount,” Alison adds.
A partner you can trust
When the opportunity to work on the Bravehearts HQ security system installation project came up, longstanding Gallagher Channel Partner, Securcom was the first to put their hand up to help get it done.
“Securcom is a strong believer in supporting the local communities where we work, so when the Gallagher team reached out to us last year to see if we would be interested in partnering with them to deliver this project for Bravehearts, we jumped on board without hesitation,” says Project and Account Manager for Securcom, Sohail Autar.
Not only are they local to Bravehearts, but with a relationship that goes back to 2004, the Gallagher Security team knew that Securcom would go over and above to get the best outcome for Bravehearts.
The project was a big job for Securcom and not just in the installation sense; there was also the work to ensure Bravehearts’ team members were confident in using the system. The Securcom team was present on site to answer any questions and made themselves available at any hour even on weekends to troubleshoot questions staff may have had.
Prior to installing the Gallagher Security access control system, Bravehearts used a basic key and code entry system with select key access to various areas. On paper that may have seemed the best way, but not so in the day-to-day functionality.
“In practical terms, that system relied on people never misplacing a key or disclosing their code, or all previous staff members handing in their keys and code,” said Alison. “Additionally, if there was an emergency or a risk in one area of the building, team members may have not been able to access to assist. It was a system that had been operating over a long period of time that legislated for nothing ever going wrong, not the converse.”
Together, Gallagher and Securcom have implemented a system for Bravehearts that is contemporary and fully utilises the power of today’s security technology.
“Practically, the system has removed the consistent issues of the past with relation to keys and code management. The technology is in line with modern approaches not just to security, but to life,” approves Alison.