Lisa Baskott - Founder & CEO

I became a qualified Security Industry Authority (SIA) licensed door supervisor in September 2021. Since then I’ve worked as part of the security team covering special events at the Hilton Brighton Metropole and The Grand Brighton hotel, including the Labour Party Conference (September 2021). My security work extends to Rockwater Hove and the live music venue and club, Chalk, in Brighton.

Prior to starting 2nd Line of Defence, I had a 20-year career in B2B media, specialising in publishing, tv, online and mobile advertising. I left advertising in 2014 to pursue my passion for property development, I set up and continue to run my own property business buying, renovating and selling period properties in the UK.

As part of my commitment to serving my community, I have been a serving Magistrate for 10 years. I was recently appointed as Inclusion and Diversity Magistrate for the SE of England in October 2021.

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Female Focused

We wish to hire more female security workers to make up for the significant lack of women in the industry
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Customer Orientated

By hiring more women, we hope to focus more on the safety of women enjoying night life and events
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One of our goals is to hire workers regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity or disability

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Highly Trained Staff

we aim to pair our partners with the most highly equipped and skillful staff

Welcome To 2nd Line Of Defence

In 2021, I set out on a mission to establish the UK’s first female-focused recruitment agency in the private security sector. I was driven by the need to address the talent shortage of fully trained and vetted Security Industry Authority (SIA) licensed front-line door supervisor security staff in the UK. I wanted my business to be focused on filling these roles with a new, diverse and inclusive workforce, with a gender bias towards women. My aim is for this company to be more than just a recruitment company specialising in the UK’s private security industry, as more than ever, the safety of women and vulnerable people is at the forefront of issues facing the night-time cultural economy.

There will be a particular drive to hire women and make them more visible at the doors of venues, ultimately changing the perception of what it takes to be a door supervisor. My ultimate purpose is to provide a more effective, diverse workforce. This will reflect venues’ customer base more accurately and working together with venues should help to keep everyone safer.

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Keep updated on our regular nights out and community events!

Our Nights Out

Our Charter

We work alongside employers and skills providers to improve the perceptions and working conditions of door supervisors (and other roles within the private security sector) to encourage more people to enter the sector.

We work with employers and providers of private security services to improve the attractiveness of these jobs, ensuring they provide good quality work and that there are progression opportunities in the sector, including through the Skills Academy hubs.

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