Meet The Team

At Security Watchdog we are committed to our clients and their candidates. We strive to deliver 'Delight through Excellence' and this mantra is core to the values of our management team. Why not take a few minutes to meet them: -

Susie Thomson, BA(Hons) - Managing Director

Susie is a co-founder of Security Watchdog when it was formed in 1998 with her father and brother. Supported by a dynamic leadership team, she is today responsible for managing the largest employment screening organisation in Europe with over 250 employees.

Coming from a background in risk management with over 30 years’ experience, she is a recognised influencer in the world of employment screening and was a key driver in updating the British Standard in security screening to become the ‘fit for purpose’ Code of Practice it is today.

Susie is a strong believer in the provision of ‘best in class’ customer service and the originator of Security Watchdog’s key value phrase of providing ‘Delight through Excellence’.

Steve O'Neil - UK & International Sales Director

Steve is responsible for sales and has positioned Security Watchdog’s growing product offering within an international framework. He is also responsible for strengthening international client relations within the private and public sector.

His dynamic leadership singles out Security Watchdog as the prominent background screening and risk consultancy organisation of choice.

Steve joined Security Watchdog in 2002. In 1998 he founded Dome IT Recruitment following a fast track career as a British Army officer.

Sara-Jane Bartle - Operations Director

Sara has worked at Security Watchdog for over 10 years and, as our Operations Director, is an expert in every aspect of our employment screening operations.

With a bubbly personality Sara is a born ‘people’ person and problem-solver; she is responsible for managing and co-ordinating all operational staff activity relating to the operation of Security Watchdog. This includes allocation of resources, staff welfare, recruitment, systems development and operating procedures. Outstanding customer service is a key driver for Sara and her mantra is to always go the extra mile.

Sara is CIPD qualified and a key operational member of the management team.

Ewan Tweedie BSc (Hons) DPS - Director of Group Risk & Quality Assurance

Ewan manages The Advisory Bureau; the consultancy, training and audit services arm of Security Watchdog.

A subject matter expert in background screening, international data protection, immigration and criminality, he advises organisations on best practice screening and vetting methodologies and cost/process efficiencies.

A management sciences graduate, Ewan joined Security Watchdog in 2003 following a high profile career in public relations, recruitment and risk mitigation and is now responsible for operational compliance and our experienced Audit Team who manage quality assurance, and an industry-leading audit programme within the outsourced operation.

Peter Southgate - Finance Director

Peter manages our finance department. He has supported the business through periods of rapid growth and change and has assisted in transforming the profile and output of the business as a whole in recent years.

The finance department, under Peters guidance, is also responsible for monitoring contracts and renewals.

Peter joined Security Watchdog in 2010 following a successful 35-year career in international finance.

Ian Bowden - IT Director

With an impressive career in system architecture, Ian has 20 years’ experience in delivering technology solutions and business transformation. He has worked across a variety of business sectors, including telecommunications, financial services, construction, and aviation.

The development of our key business systems is also Ian’s responsibility; he works closely with the development teams to drive through automation and introduce process efficiencies against an agreed development roadmap.

Will Maddocks - Client Relations Director

Will is our problem solver and solution seeker.  It’s his job, working with our 7 strong team of Client Relationship Managers, to ensure that Security Watchdog clients continue to receive the best possible service.

He is responsible for all aspects of our client relations from management reporting to service quality and customer satisfaction, reporting directly to Susie Thomson.