Government Property Agency appoints chief security officer

The former Defra senior security adviser has more than 20 years' experience in the civil service
Brindha McDonald, the GPA's new chief security officer. Photo: GPA

By Tevye Markson

31 May 2022

The Government Property Agency has appointed a new chief security officer who has more than 20 years’ experience in the civil service.

Brindha McDonald, who has held several high-profile security roles in her career, will be tasked with building on the GPA’s security strategy and ensuring the agency’s physical and digital assets are protected.

Steven Boyd, chief exec at the GPA, said: “As the government’s delivery body for its office and warehouse portfolios, it’s crucial our security standards are at the highest level.

“With the evolving needs to the way we all work, it’s imperative all civil servants across the UK are protected across digital and physical environments.

“Brindha’s strategic security experience coupled with her civil service knowledge are key to the GPA delivering safe and secure working environments.”

McDonald, who has previously worked in the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs as senior security adviser, said she is "extremely pleased to be leading the GPA’s security strategies and "delivery across digital and physical environments".

“The GPA is creating great places to work for civil servants across the UK," she added.

"A crucial part of this is ensuring our assets - both physical and digital - are safe and secure for everyone. The GPA is transforming the way we work and I am proud to be playing a key role in this.”

Launched in 2017, the GPA is responsible for deliverng the government's property strategy its estate. This includes helping to drive the Places for Growth programme, which aims to move 22,000 civil servants out of London by 2030, by expanding the number of government office hubs across the country.

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