From education to employment


The Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO), the leading organisation for security professionals working in higher and further education around the world, has announced its new Chair and Vice Chair who both take up their positions in April.
Current Vice Chair, Oliver Curran, will become the Chair of AUCSO replacing longstanding Chair, Les Allan, who is stepping down after serving as Chair for two years, prior to that vice chair for two years.
A member of the AUCSO Executive Committee for some five years, Curran has worked in the Security Industry for nearly three decades. Working initially in Contract Security in the corporate sector, the last 15 years has seen him in the prominent role of In-House Security Manager in the higher education sector at UCL (University College London).
Current Executive Board member Geoff Brown, Head of Campus Safety at the University of York will become the new Vice Chair. After retiring from the police Geoff worked in Iraq for Heritage Energy Middle East, an Oil company as a security consultant, managing the logistics of local national and expat employees in search for new oil deposits.
Speaking of his appointment, Curran said:
“I am looking forward to stepping up to the position of Chair of AUCSO. I’ve worked in many sectors of the Security Industry, and the Higher Education sector is without doubt the most challenging but also the most rewarding. I’m extremely keen and honoured to be working so closely with so many dedicated Security professionals and many of our amazing external partners.
“With Geoff by my side and with the other dedicated members of The Executive Committee, I am sure we will continue the incredible work Les achieved whilst he was Chair and together, we will ensure AUCSO is fit for the future ahead.”
Commenting on the announcement, Julie Barker, COO at AUCSO, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Oliver and Geoff to their new roles on the Executive Committee and we are looking forward to working with them and all of the Executive Committee members to steer the organisation forward. We have no doubt that it will be a fantastic and rewarding experience for them.

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