Chubb Systems

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Chubb Systems's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Chubb Systems is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
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Highlighting best practice
Graeme Heanan, managing
Working with key
financial organisations
Chubb Systems, celebrating its 200th anniversary this year,
is a leading designer and installer of comprehensive fire and
security solutions to high-profile sites and infrastructure
of national importance. It is trusted to protect people, property
and assets across sectors as broad in scope and need as nuclear,
government, defence, utilities, justice and data centres. Chubb’s
solutions range from initial consultancy through to design,
installation and final delivery of the system specified. They also
commission and maintain the systems installed to ensure maximum
longevity and reliability. Integration of all building and facilities
management systems is key, and Chubb are able to provide clear
management from a single, specified software platform. Graeme
Heanan, managing director of Chubb Systems Ltd, discusses the
services the business provides and the culture it promotes.
In today’s fast-paced world, alongside physical security, one of the most important
aspects of safeguarding national, commercial or governmental security is
information. Businesses, enterprises and critical infrastructure sites are looking for
the best solutions to protect assets in the most effective way.
Secure management of the flow of information is proving to be an increasingly
difficult and complex challenge. With international hacking becoming more and
more prevalent, particularly targeted at international corporations, many companies
»Managing director:
»Established in 1818
»Based in Blackburn
»Services: Design, installation
and service of fire and security
»No. of employees: 225
»No. of apprentices: 9
»30 to 40 per cent of Chubb
Systems apprentice graduates
are women – well above the
national average, which is 8 to
9 per cent
»Achieved the RoSPA Gold
Award for six consecutive years
Chubb Systems
– especially those responsible for
critical infrastructure – are looking
increasingly towards sophisticated
information management platforms.
Chubb ADACS is a specialist solution
developed by our in-house team
that can safeguard security at the
highest-risk sites. It is a powerful and
sophisticated information management
system that collates data and security
information from multiple channels,
protecting an organisation’s portfolio
of assets that may be distributed over a
wide geographical area.
The system integrates with an
organisation’s intruder detection,
access control, CCTV monitoring and
digital video recording technologies
to provide system operators with a
simple yet all-encompassing view of
events. It has a range of features,
from lone worker location and
elevator monitoring to fire detection
and managing intercom systems; it is
fully flexible and adaptable for each
particular site’s different requirements.
Used either in a standalone capacity
or in conjunction with third-party
incident management systems, Chubb
ADACS allows events and alarms to
be analysed by local operators, and
escalated in real time to a central alarm
monitoring station, allowing issues to
be identified, addressed and resolved in
the quickest and most efficientmanner.
Continuous improvement
We are absolutely committed to an
ethos of continuous improvement.
Accreditations are an important part
of this, and we work to standards
including ISO 9001:2015, 14001:2015
and 27001:2013, the last of which
is a specialist accreditation providing
requirements for information security
management systems. We are
already working towards ISO 45001,
launched on March 12, 2018, which is
providing the first globally developed
standard for health and safety
managementsystems. The business
also complies with the requirements of
the Cyber Essentials Scheme.
As we work in highly secure
government environments across
Europe, we provide services to all
levels of government. The Chubb
ADACS Assure access control product
is accredited to the Centre for the
Protection of National Infrastructure’s
(CPNI) assurance scheme for Automatic
Access Control Systems (AACS). We
feel this is evidence of our commitment
to provide security solutions for critical
infrastructure and our capability to
address all aspects of a customer’s
security needs.
When it comes to safeguarding
the security of our own people and
customers, we have achieved the
Royal Society for the Prevention of
Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Award for six
consecutive years, and have received
a further accolade this year – the Gold
Medal – which recognises our sustained
commitment. The awards recognise a
business’s high level of performance
while demonstrating well-developed
occupational health and safety
management systems and culture,
outstanding control of risk, and very
low levels of error, harm andloss. Providing fire and security
solutions for critical
national infrastructure
Managing risk for
is a special
developed by
our in-house
team that can
security at the
highest-risk sites
Highlighting best practice
End-to-end capabilities
Achieving these accreditations and
awards is about best practice. Our
new purpose-built head office in
Blackburn is one way in which we have
most recently been able to optimise
our processes. These headquarters
have been intelligently designed to
provide us with the flexibility and
agility to deliver systems tailored to the
customer, taking them from the design
stage through to installation and
maintenance in the most efficient way.
The integration and installation of
security systems are not just about
the delivery of a given technology. In
order to install systems into complex
buildings and environments, we are
required to have the necessary civil
engineering skills to understand and
deliver what is required structurally.
Without them, we cannot provide the
best-in-class solution that we do, or
work in collaboration in new-build or
refurbishment projects with notable
construction partners.
Key to end-to-end capability in
security is integration. Our in-house
software developers provide the
ability to integrate third-party security
and business systems, and enable
customer-led initiatives to work
alongside one another on a single
management platform. We also find
that the attraction, acquisition and
retention of new talent are processes
of monumental importance, whether
they come in the form of business
acquisitions, or by growing our skill-
base internally through investment
The wider industry
To this end, we have invested
significantly in our apprenticeship
scheme. We proudly offer a ten-
year apprenticeship programme that
fully qualifies those who undertake
it as “engineers” with degree-level
qualifications. These apprentices
now work in all areas and levels of
This has wide-reaching appeal; while
the national average for women
in engineering is about 8 per cent,
women make up between 30 and 40
per cent of Chubb Systems’ apprentice
As a part of UTC Climate, Controls and
Security, a unit of United Technologies,
we also offer a fully funded Employer
Scholar Programme, recognised as one
of the world’s most comprehensive
employee education programmes.
This pays for tuition, books and fees
for employees enrolled in accredited
programmes, with no restrictions on
the selected course of study.
We believe that it is a business’s
responsibility to provide an
environment that attracts young
people to the sector, and nurture
talent for the benefit of our
organisation and the wider industry.
It is this culture and our ethos of
continuous improvement that drives
us to further the goals of our business,
our clients and our employees.
Key to end-to-
end capability
in security is
Data centre security
– protecting national,
commercial and

This article was sponsored by Chubb Systems. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister