Security and crowd management company Showsec has announced the retirement of its managing director Mark Harding, following 35 years of service.

Harding, who has been managing director of Showsec since 2002, has promoted the work of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and served on many working groups including the SIA Strategic Forum. He was the chair of the United Kingdom Crowd Management Association (UKCMA) for 10 years until 2019 and chaired the group which reviewed the British Standard for stewarding. He was also heavily involved in the creation of the National Occupation Standards and qualifications for the industry.

Harding said, “It’s been an incredible journey. I’ve been fortunate to work with colleagues, clients and representatives of organisations who share the vision of improving industry standards along with a company which believes in continuous investment in education and the creation of opportunity for the entire workforce.

“This is the right time for Showsec to enter a new phase of leadership. The professionalism, talent and values of a new board of directors, the management team, support service and operational staff and especially our front-line casual workforce has the absolute ability to attain new levels of success.”

Showsec said in a statement, “The board of directors would like to congratulate Mark, on behalf of the company, for all he has achieved for both the company and the industry. We wish Mark well with his retirement, into which he will step with immediate effect. A further announcement will be made in respect of the new leadership of Showsec.”