Geoff Tate began work in the security industry in the late 1960s, following an engineering apprenticeship. His career in the security industry began when he worked - as an installation and services engineer - for Group 4 Securitas in Liverpool.
He then joined Mono Alarms as manager of their Liverpool branch, becoming their North West regional manager when the firm merged with Granley Alarms.
Geoff subsequently became Granley Alarms’ product manager, with responsibility for selecting products, product support and quality – as well as the design of control equipment and a manufacturing facility located in St Neots. Granley Alarms was taken over by the Chloride Group and then acquired by RCA, before finally being incorporated into Securicor.
Geoff was appointed technical director of Securicor Alarms until the mid-1990s. He then worked as a consultant, before taking over as chief executive of SSAIB in 1999.
During his time as chief executive, Geoff oversaw SSAIB’s successful approval for UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation for product and management certification in 2002 and then also manned services two years later.
SSAIB maintained and extended its UKAS accreditation during his tenure, to the point that it is now accredited to offer a wide range of product certification schemes – as well as management systems schemes for quality management systems, environmental management systems and occupational health and safety management systems.
Winner of the prestigious Peter Greenwood award in 2014, Geoff stepped down as chief executive in 2015 and was appointed into his present role as SSAIB chairman.