Wilson James, the leading provider of specialist security, construction logistics and aviation services, has announced the appointment of Gemma Quirke as its chief operating officer (COO). Previously the company’s managing director for security and aviation, in this newly created position Quirke is responsible for overseeing the company’s growth strategy, implementing new corporate initiatives, strengthening strategic partnerships and ensuring that Wilson James remains resilient and agile as the group expands.
In her two decades of working at Wilson James, Quirke has gained considerable insight into the specific needs of customers in a diverse array of vertical sectors and environments. She will use this experience to full effect as she oversees operational functions and integration of all service lines for the organisation, with an emphasis on technological innovation and a partnership approach to service provision.
‘For nearly 30 years Wilson James has consistently demonstrated a forward thinking approach, which allows us to positively respond to the needs of our customers,’ commented Quirke. ‘Now, more than ever, we need to innovate and maximise the opportunities the future offers, so I’m both honoured and excited to be able to spearhead the next stage of the company’s evolution. I aim to explore new opportunities, add even greater value to our clients, improve the partnerships we have in place and develop new ones. Just as importantly, I want to continue to improve inclusion in order to ensure that Wilson James is a place of opportunity that can help to create, foster and nurture the next generation of industry leaders.’
Reporting to, and working closely with, chief executive officer (CEO), Mark Dobson, Quirke will promote the unique advantages of Wilson James’s offering. This includes its Risk Advisory Service, which is designed to facilitate transformational change through a solutions led approach that integrates human skills and expertise with technology, thereby allowing the company to deliver the most appropriate combination of services.
‘On behalf of everyone at Wilson James, I would like to offer my congratulations to Gemma on her appointment as COO and wish her every success,’ concluded Dobson. ‘We’re living in challenging times but the future is full of opportunity and our team has never been stronger. No more is this apparent than with Gemma, who has an enviable track record within Wilson James, understands the values of the company better than anyone and has been instrumental in creating a business strategy that creates positive change through nurturing skills and talent from a wide variety of sources. I’m looking forward to continuing to work closely with her as we take Wilson James to the next level of success.’