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Meet The VIP Security Services Team

VIP is proud to have a highly-talented workforce from all walks of life. Our staff are who drive our business forward and ensure that you, your possessions and your property are kept safe and secure. You can read a little more about our fantastic team below.

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Darren Hyde

Managing Director

Motivation: “It’s not the size of the lion in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the lion that counts!
Proudest moment: Helping out on BBC DIY SOS, boxing for charity, and being the father to three wonderful sons.
Favourite part of the job: I love the boss! Plus working at the amazing events we do and seeing the business grow.
Out of hours: I like to keep fit and spend time with my family


Cliff Holman

Operations Manager

Favourite part of the job: Rising to challenges.
Childhood dreams: To be an actor.
Proudest moment: Being a father to four great children.
Out of hours: listening to vinyl records and going fishing!


Ed Alpress

Security Manager

Favourite part of the job: The great atmosphere in the office.
Motivation: “If you are going through hell, keep going.”
Proudest moment: Rapidly rising through the ranks at VIP Security.
Out of hours: Weightlifting and listening to rock music.


Bradley Luff

Health and Safety Advisor/Trainer

Motivation: Dreams don’t work unless you do!
Childhood dream job: Stunt man.
Proudest moment: Running the London marathon five times!
Out of hours: I love to play the guitar and ride my Harley. Archery and rock climbing.


Gary Acres

Assistant Security Manager

Favourite part of the job: Working with a great team.
Inspirational person: Winston Churchill.
Favourite book: Lord of the Rings.
Out of hours: Fishing, spending time with my family and listening to Swedish House Mafia.


Ryan Hyde

Sales Co-Ordinator

Favourite part of the job: Opportunity to work with unique events and venues, plus getting the chance to meet so many interesting people.
Motivation: ‘Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by fighting back’
What’s the best thing about working for VIP? There is a good level of camaraderie which creates a great working environment.

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HR Dept

What Motivates you: “Motivated by challenges, helping solve problems and finding solutions.”
Childhood dream job?: “Either a Racing Driver or a Gymnast.”
What do you do for fun, or out of work hours: “An ex-racing driver.  Like to keep fit, running, skiing, and golf”
Most Inspirational person: “I was always inspired by my Dad, he also was the person who got me into motor racing.”

Sharon Beard

Sharon Beard

Accounts Manager
Motivation: Make today great!
Proudest Moment: Raising my children to be the most amazing adults
Childhood Dream job: Elephant Keeper at Colchester zoo
Out of hours: Cooking, Gardening & Walking my dog
Szymon Procak

Szymon Procak

Recruitment & Vetting Administrator

What motivates you – Coming up with creative ideas that will not only improve but streamline processes in all assigned tasks but also ensure that all problems & issues are resolved with the highest degree of professionalism.
Childhood dream Job – Military Special Forces (UK Armed Forces) or the Royal Corps of Signals.
What I do for Fun – Regular Self-defence training, such as Krav- Maga & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, alongside going to the gym on a daily basis.
Most Inspirational Person – My Father.

Leah Carr

Leah Carr

Receptionist & Administrator

What Motivates you – Earning Money.
Childhood Dream Job – Olympic Gymnast.
What I do for Fun – Beauty treatments, going out, and spending time with friends & family.
Most Inspirational Person – Tupak & Darren Hyde.