In the latest edition of our 60-second interview series, Russell Dean, Director of Operations in our London Security Solutions Business Unit, talked about his inspiration in life and the motivation he gets from his family and the team in our business.
How would you define what you do at Bidvest Noonan?
As a Director of Operations in our London Security Solutions Business Unit, my role entails providing leadership and strategic direction to my team in all aspects of operational delivery. I am responsible for supporting my team in decision-making and serving as a point of escalation within the business when necessary.
What has been your best day at Bidvest Noonan?
Among the many wonderful days I’ve had at Bidvest Noonan, my favourite ones are when I witness the dedication and hard work of my team being recognised and rewarded, either by our company or by a client.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
I remember a challenging day from my early days as a police officer. Feeling overwhelmed, I reached out to my father to share my emotions. Towards the end of our conversation, he imparted these words of wisdom: “Remember, keep your powder dry.” Over the course of the 15 years since that conversation, this simple advice has guided me through numerous difficult situations and conversations.
While interpretations of this common phrase may vary, my own understanding is that, regardless of the challenge at hand, it is vital to remain composed, reflect upon the situation, and be prepared to take action when necessary.
How do you motivate yourself?
My family serves as a tremendous source of motivation in both my professional and personal life. As a leader, I carry a profound sense of responsibility to empower each member of my team in reaching their own goals. Witnessing their success and growth is what inspires me to lead by example, as I am driven to witness their thriving achievements.
Who or what has inspired you the most?
Without a doubt, my father has played a profound role in shaping both my professional and personal identity today. Additionally, I have immense admiration for Ben Salter, who I had the pleasure of working with as a client and now consider a dear friend. Throughout his career, Ben has exemplified the ability to hold senior positions within the security industry while remaining humble and connected to frontline personnel.
If you had a motto, what would it be?
My life motto is to never give up and to always remember that “there is always hope.” I consider myself fortunate to serve on the board of directors of Trauma Research UK, a remarkable mental health charity. Through their inspiring work, these incredible individuals have taught me the invaluable lesson that “there is always hope.”