Meet the team

Our people are what make us different, and our service is what sets us apart.

All our staff are responsive and client-led in everything we do. We are excited to introduce you to our Opem family.

Jason Pelham - Opem Security Founder

Jason Pelham

When did you start at Opem?
January 2008
What’s your role title?
Founder and CEO
What are your main responsibilities?

To keep Opem moving forward through listening to what our clients want and through the innovation of our offering.

What are your past experiences?

25 years in the security industry, with a 5-year gap working within the flexible office industry. This experience lighted a fire under me and I have been obsessed with providing first-class service to this industry ever since.

What do you like about working at Opem?

A number of reasons really; fundamentally I want to make a difference and this is my way of doing that. On a day to day basis, what gets me out of bed is working with my team who are all amazing and do great work; and of course our clients. We are lucky to work with really engaging people who see the value in what we do, and there is no better feeling for me.

What superhero would you be and why?

Hmmm……is a Jedi a superhero?  Yes, I want to be a Jedi, so I can use the Jedi mind trick. So when an intruder breaks into a client’s building, I will feel a disturbance in the force. Then I can make the intruder shout at the top of their lungs, “Help me, I am an intruder and want to hug a policeman”, by using the Jedi mind trick!

If Hollywood made a story of your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Would have to be Robert DeNiro; Bob to his friends.  Bob is my fav actor, and has pitched a bio to me several times. Maybe one day…..maybe ?

Darren Pelham - Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Darren Pelham

When did you start at Opem?
2008
What’s your role title?
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
What are your main responsibilities?

Finance, H&S, company compliance, procedures and manuals, internal auditing.

What are your past experiences?

Secure Options : 1997 – 2007, COO and CFO  Krauss Maffei UK: Financial Controller, 1989-1987 Danzas: Accounts Assistant, 1985-1989

What do you like about working at Opem?

It’s great working at Opem as everyone gets involved in all aspects of running the company.

What superhero would you be and why?

Batman – I love gadgets…..

If Hollywood made a story of your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Daniel Craig – Why not? or Matthew Brodrick – Acting hero of the ’80s.

Sara - Opem Security COO

Sara Chegwidden

When did you start at Opem?
June 2019
What’s your role title?
Head of Client Services
What are your main responsibilities?

OUR CLIENTS. The main point of contact for all our clients. Looking after all clients and relationship building, taking care of all client security needs (proposals, suggestions etc). Planning in and co-ordinating all small works.

What are your past experiences?

Hotels (Hospitality) and serviced offices.

What do you like about working at Opem?

I love working for Opem because, we are one big family, who support one another and work together to put our clients first, offering the best and most cost-effective solutions to ensure their security is the priority.  I get to meet some really interesting and exciting people and all our clients are amazing.

What superhero would you be and why?

I would be Black Widow ?.  She is extremely dedicated to what she does, passionate about her role within the ‘Superhero World’.  She gets the job done, is cool and calm, treats people with respect and is respected BUT knows how to stand up for herself and is deadly if you hurt her or the ones she cares about.

If Hollywood made a story of your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Jennifer Anniston – she’s beautiful, funny, sassy, independent and extremely successful.

Meet the team - Katy Carter - Sales and Marketing Manager - Opem Security

Katy Carter

When did you start at Opem?
September 2020
What’s your role title?
Sales and Marketing Manager
What are your main responsibilities?

To expand Opem’s digital reach and drive new revenue streams to facilitate the company’s growth.

What are your past experiences?

7 years experience, specialising in sales and marketing, predominantly in property and construction, for industry leaders such as The Office Group and WorkSpace.

What do you like about working at Opem?

Working with an amazing team who share a collective drive, passion and ambition to deliver unparalleled client support and services. Opem’s security solutions are second to none and I’ve enjoyed meeting their fantastic clients and am looking forward to making my mark.

What superhero would you be and why?

It’s between two but I think I would have to go with the blue shape shifting beauty Mystique. She’s been a lifelong favourite of mine, due to her tenacity, dry wit, and ability to get the job done. She’s a force to be reckoned with and always has a trick up her sleeve.

If Hollywood made a story of your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Jennifer Lawrence, because she’s an absolute legend. Her endearing clumsiness, lest we forget her two time Oscar fall, zero filer, which often leads to comedy gold, and her love for pranks and all round silliness make her an ideal candidate for the role. Also, she’s katniss!

Terry - head security ranger

Terry Jawahall

When did you start at Opem?
April 2018
What’s your role title?
Ranger Team Manager 
What are your main responsibilities?

Responsible for the day to day operations of the entire Rangers team and to ensure that each member is carrying out their duties correctly and efficiently.

What are your past experiences?

I have worked in the security industry for 25 years, predominately in supervisory and managerial roles for reputable clients such as the Warner brothers (Harry Potter studio tour), Getty Images, and the BBC.

What do you like about working at Opem?

I love working for Opem, because of the internal staff with which includes the control room operators as they are really easy to interact with when it comes to problem-solving as well as other members of management who are really professional and are a great support system. 

What superhero would you be and why?

Superman – because he always comes to the rescue of others and sorts things out in the nick of time (kind of what I do on a day to day basis).

If Hollywood made a story of your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson – Because he is a very multi-talented and multi-faceted actor who I can confidently say would play my character to perfection. My character would involve me conquering bullies (as a child), hanging with unsavoury characters (as a teen), going through reformation (as a young adult), dealing with troublemakers at club venues (as a doorman), getting into more pleasant professions and eventually prospering up until this day.

Stuart Agass - Opem Security CTO

Stuart Agass

When did you start at Opem?
I have been working with Opem from day one
What’s your role title?
Chief Technical Officer
What are your main responsibilities?

Making sure all the engineering and technical aspects work correctly.

What are your past experiences?

Loads.

What do you like about working at Opem?

I love working with Opem because of the people, we always form a plan to overcome challenges.  Our clients are great and every day throws different opportunities my way.

What superhero would you be and why?

Mr Fantastic (Fabulous Four), because he possesses a mastery of mechanical, aerospace and electrical engineering.

If Hollywood made a story of your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Patrick Stewart – who wouldn’t want Jean-Luc Picard playing them.

Kris Campbell - Operations & Control Room Manager

Kris Campbell

When did you start at Opem?
September 2020
What’s your role title?
Operations & Control Room Manager 
What are your main responsibilities?

Overseeing the security maintenance of our client’s buildings, managing the service desk, service engineers and our control room, which is responsible for the remote monitoring of our buildings.

What are your past experiences?

Retail Operations & Facility manager

What do you like about working at Opem?

I enjoy the fast-paced environment and working with passionate people who share the collective goal of always continuing to improve our security offering, without compromising on the customer experience and keeping our client’s needs at the core of everything we do.

What superhero would you be and why?

The Incredible Hulk, mostly because I am an angry Scotsman, but also have a softer side that comes out occasionally.

If Hollywood made a story of your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Tom hardy, woman seem to love him…..

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