Multi-million pound security specialist appoints its youngest director

A multi-million pound security specialist has appointed its youngest ever director, at just 25 years old.

Leeds and London-based Servo Group has promoted Paige Grimes to its board as a non-executive director.

Paige joined Servo Group, in 2016, as a receptionist, after working for a local call centre. Over the last five years, she has worked her way up from receptionist to Accounts Manager before being promoted to the board of directors last week.

Servo’s CEO, Andrew McCallion said: “Paige has been an instrumental part of Servo’s growth and expansion in the last few years, and we’re delighted to have been able to promote her to become the Group’s youngest director. It’s an amazing achievement at 25, having joined us as a shy receptionist, completely new to the sector, just five years ago. In such a short space of time, Paige has worked her way up, taking on a variety of different roles that she’s excelled at and proven to be an amazing asset to Servo and a vital part of our success.”

Servo, which has its headquarters on Gelderd Road, provides security guards, CCTV, facilities management, rail labour and construction services to clients all around the UK. It has enjoyed fast national growth since its inception in 2013.

Within its sector, Servo has a high ratio of women in senior leadership roles, including its Head of Rail, Managing Director and Group Sales Director, but at 25, Paige will be the youngest person to become a director. Just 34% of UK company directors are female, with the average age standing at 53.4 for executive directors and over 60 for non-executive directors.

Paige said: “Five years ago, I was working in a call centre, not knowing what I wanted to do with my life. To have been appointed as a director at a dynamic, fast growing company like Servo in such a short space of time is absolutely amazing. It’s been a brilliant journey and I couldn’t have managed this without the support of all the members of staff that I work with in the company.  I’m excited to be able to continue contributing to the firm’s upward trajectory over the next few years.”

Paige’s step up is the latest in a raft of appointments and promotions for the multi-service provider, which will achieve £20 million turnover in the next 12 months, and eventually possible flotation. Servo has over 1000 operatives working around the country and has just agreed terms on larger premises in Leeds to accommodate its growing head office.

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