Claire McDonald, Senior Security Consultant at Restrata, explains how Project Owners, Architects, and Developers could benefit from improved efficiency and a reduction in costs incurred after construction has started, by engaging a security consultant in the early stages of the design process.
Why Engage a Security Consultant in the Early Stages of Design
During her professional career, Claire has worked on numerous projects across the Middle East and in the UK. The stage at which the security consultant is engaged tends to vary greatly, covering various phases of planning and design, and in the worst case, after construction has commenced. It has become apparent that when engaged once construction has begun, or even in latter design phases, it becomes increasingly difficult to implement a sound security strategy, and the cost of doing so tends to be higher than if security had been considered properly from the outset of the project.
Claire McDonald, Senior Security Consultant
Claire started her career with the Atkins Physical Security team in London, working on projects including the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, KAIA (Jeddah) Airport and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. In 2015 she relocated to the Middle East working in the Atkins Bahrain office, supporting the development of the Physical Security, Crisis Management & Resilience Team working with clients across the GCC. In early 2016 she once again relocated to the UAE to take up the position of Senior Security Consultant with Restrata Solutions. She now sits within the Professional Services Department managing threat & risk, master planning and concept design projects for major regional clients. Her academic background includes a Law & Criminology BA (Upper Second Class Hons) followed by a Security Sector Management MSc (Distinction), with supplementary post graduate certificates in Crisis Management, Counter Terrorism & Managing Natural Disasters. In addition, she holds a certificate in Knowledge of Policing from the UK’s College of Policing and is currently studying Cyber Security, Economics of Crime and Religion & Conflict in her spare time.
About Consultancy Services from Restrata
Restrata provides Security Consulting and Systems Design expertise worldwide to the following entities: National security agencies, urban planning authorities, government facilities, corporate enterprise, national and international O&G (Oil & Gas) companies, Smart city developments, major event venues, transport authorities, maritime and airport sector. Our consultancy teams focus on the design of security solutions that are compliant with national and international regulations, industry best practice, commensurate with the risk level and which consider the specific activities and needs of the organisation, project or facility at stake.
Headquartered in the UAE, Restrata provides a range of safety and security services to establish the necessary security and crisis management arrangements to build resilience within organisations, including consultancy, situational awareness and tracking, training and workforce development, response services in crisis and continuity management, fire and rescue services, safe journey management, and HSE management.