Latest news from The GEO Group UK Ltd
The GEO Group UK is proud to announce that we have been awarded the prestigious Investors in Diversity Level 2 accreditation. This award from the National Centre for Diversity recognises our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).
Having already achieved the Level 1 standard in November 2010, the Level 2 accreditation acknowledges how well we as an organisation have embedded EDI, not only into all our people related policies and practices but also our organisational culture as a whole.
The award was made following analysis by the National Centre for Diversity of a comprehensive survey and series of interviews with both our employees and external stakeholders. We are delighted that the outcome reflects the positive views our stakeholders have on how EDI is approached and managed at GEO.
We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the process as well as a special thanks to our employees for their continued support in making GEO such an enjoyable and rewarding place to work.
Following a decision to restructure our Head Office, GEO UK is pleased to announce our new management team to take the company forward.
The Directors are now:
- Phil Watkins, Managing and Finance Director
- Joanne Henney, Director of Operations
- Alan Kittle, Director of Corporate Services
Following consultation with the UK Border Agency, we have appointed Alan Hunt as Centre Manager for Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre on an interim basis, pending announcement of a permanent appointment in the near future. John McClure continues in his role as Centre Manager for Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre.
Further details about the restructure can be found here
These are exciting times for the GEO Group UK and we very much look forward to growing the company in 2013 and beyond. In the interim, we wish all our customers and suppliers a very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.
Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre has again achieved outstanding marks in the British Safety Council's 5 star audit, a benchmark used by the Council to measure an organisation's occupational Health & Safety record.
The audit was conducted in mid-November and used a process to gather evidence following interviews with managers and staff, reviews of health and safety management documentation and detailed inspections of the Centre.
Phil Watkins, GEO's Managing Director, congratulated the staff at Harmondsworth on their outstanding achievement, demonstrating how we take the health and safety of staff, those entrusted in our care and visitors very seriously.
Joanne Henney, GEO's Director of Operations, said: "Once again, I am absolutely thrilled that the Centre has been recognised for the excellent work it does. This award follows the Swords of Honour we were awarded by the British Safety Council only last month and clearly shows the importance we place on health and safety in our facilities."
Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre holds 615 male detainees on behalf of the UK Border Agency.
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons published his latest report on Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre on 5th December following an unannounced inspection in August.
Last time the Chief Inspector visited it was described as "the best centre we have ever inspected". Following this latest visit, he praised it for having built on its strengths and improved further. In particular, Inspectors highlighted the high standards of care, excellent staff-detainee relationships and the quality of our training and learning programmes for detainees.
John Hurley, Senior Vice President, Operations for GEO, Inc. congratulated our staff at Dungavel, saying: "This type of recognition and achievement does not happen by accident. It happens because of leadership, teamwork, and simply hard work."
Dungavel IRC is operated by the GEO Group UK Ltd on behalf of the UK Border Agency.
Harmondsworth and Dungavel Immigration Removal Centres have been awarded
Swords of Honour by the British Safety Council for the way in which they
manage health and safety. The prestigious Swords are awarded annually by
the Council to those organisations who have demonstrated exemplary
management and achieved a 5 star rating in an audit conducted last
Andy Grieve from Harmondsworth and Adam Burns from Dungavel collected
the Swords at a luncheon held at the Mansion House in London on 23rd
November on behalf of their Centres.
Joanne Henney, Harmondsworth's Centre Manager, said: "I am incredibly
proud of both our teams. They work hard day after day, ensuring GEO
delivers an outstanding level of service to those entrusted in our care
so that they and our staff can live and work in a safe environment."
Alan Kittle, GEO's Corporate Services Director said: "This is another
example of the excellent work we deliver here in the UK. The staff who
have earned these awards deserve our congratulations for their hard
work. They are a shining example of what GEO is all about".
Harmondsworth and Dungavel Immigration Removal Centres hold over 800
detainees between them. They are managed and operated by GEO on behalf
of the UK Border Agency.
GEO staff from Harmondsworth won 3 of the 7 categories at the UK Border Agency's first supplier awards on 29 May designed to recognise the significant contribution made by front-line staff to its detention and escorting business.
At an event held at the Home Office in Central London, Rob Whiteman, UKBA's Chief Executive, presented awards to:
• Tony Galletly for his work on supporting lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans-gender detainees and staff.
• Sam Dengate for an outstanding act of bravery which saved a man's life.
Scott Purdy, Anna Clarke, Matt Brown, Mick Kambo and Nick Luton came second as team of the year for their work in ensuring Harmondsworth IRC remains a safe and secure place for detainees, staff and visitors.
Tony Galletly also won the prestigious Director's Award of the year.
Mick Harrop, GEO UK's Managing Director said "Over 4,000 people work for UKBA's detention and escorting services so I am absolutely delighted that the work of our talented staff has been recognised in this way. I personally congratulate them for their significant contribution to the work of GEO and UKBA."
Joanne Henney, GEO's Centre Manager at Harmondsworth said: "I am incredibly proud to lead and work alongside such an outstanding team of staff and it makes it all the more special that they have been recognised in this way by our customer, UKBA."
Due to an exciting period of expansion, GEO has relocated its head office from Reading to a new office in Hurley.
GEO Amey PECS Ltd ("GEOAmey"), has been awarded three contracts by the Ministry of Justice in the United Kingdom for the provision of prison escort and custody services in Lots 1, 3, and 4 which encompass all of Wales and all of England except London and the East of England.
The contract for the provision of prison escort and custody services in the three Lots will have a base term of seven years with a renewal option period of no more than three years and is expected to have an annual revenue value of approximately £93 million.
GEOAmey is a joint venture between GEO's wholly-owned subsidiary, GEO UK and Amey, which is a leading UK public services provider in the highways, roads, schools, waste, rail, fleet solutions, workspace, street lighting, commercial, housing and aviation sectors. The GEOAmey joint venture is expected to employ approximately 3,000 professionals who will be responsible for approximately 460 vehicles and approximately 2,600 daily prisoner movements.
- Detainee Custody Officer - Zero Hours
- Catering Manager (DCO Badged)
- GEO awarded Investors in Diversity Level 2
- Head Office Restructure
- HARMONDSWORTH GETS A FURTHER 5 STARS
- DUNGAVEL HOUSE GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
- HARMONDSWORTH AND DUNGAVEL AWARDED SWORDS OF HONOUR
- GEO staff top the UK Border Agency supplier awards
- GEO Head Office relocates to Hurley