Behind the Screens @ Security Watchdog - Susie Thomson - MD

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Susie is the Managing Director of Security Watchdog, having founded the company with her family in 1998. Over the last twenty years, she has become a recognised expert in pre-employment screening and now sits on the BSI GW/3 Committee for BS7858, the industry’s standard for security screening.

The Early Years…

Susie studied French and German at Exeter University, where she had J.K. Rowling as a classmate, before joining her father’s security company Argus Shield. Throughout the eighties and nineties, Susie worked in various roles within the family business, including training, PR, operations, accounts, and as a PA.

Life at home…

Susie has been married for twenty-five years, and has one daughter, Hannah. When away from her office, Susie enjoys gardening, reading and socialising with family and friends. Susie has dual British and German nationality, and has a keen interest in both gemstones and all things equestrian.

Life at Security Watchdog…

From its founding until its acquisition, Susie and her family worked day and night to make Security Watchdog THE leading employment screening business in the UK and Europe.

Susie’s enthusiasm for the work she does has continued to grow – she has a firm belief in great customer service, is passionate about developing talent within the business and she typically mentors up to five rising stars within the business at any one time. Susie is known for her positivity and can-do mentality, and it is this approach to life and work that has become a recognised stamp for the business.

When asked for her thoughts on the future of the industry that she clearly loves, Susie responded:

Candidates want a seamless screening process which is easy to follow and reflects the values of their future employer. The outsourced screening industry is chasing the utopia service of press of the button results, and certainly robotics, integration with data suppliers and automation underpin this vision. However, I don’t believe that AI or robotics will ever challenge the critical requirement of human curiosity in the pre-employment checking process; a curious mind is irreplaceable.