Stephen Hodson – Head of Mobile Services


Branch (Army/Navy/RAF/Family): Army

Regiment/Corps/Station/Ship: 1st Royal Tank Regiment

Length of Service: June 1989 – Feb 2013

Trade/Role in Service: Tank Gunner, making my way to Squadron Sergeant Major by end of service.

Describe your resettlement/transition experience: I left the army in February 2013 and went to work in education through a company called ‘Commando Joes’.

Four years later, I attended the funeral of someone I served with where I met Lee Ennis, who offered me a job in security with a different company.

Lee eventually moved to accept the position of National Account Director for Kings Guarding Solutions. I called across for a catch-up with Lee where I met Carrie Eastwood, Managing Director for the division.

About two weeks later, I received a call from Carrie, explaining she thought I would be a great fit for the ‘Head of Mobile’ role.

Kings had me from the moment I walked in the building; the closeness, the warmth, the family feeling of the business. I said to myself after that first visit. “I’m going to work here”.

Personal quote about your own resettlement/transition experience: The biggest thing for people in my personal experience is; you don’t realise it until the end. You do a lot of courses while serving and don’t think ‘how can I transfer that course across to Civvy Street?’

What advice would you give to the Armed Force Community about their transition journey? Be open minded, be flexible and be realistic.

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What our Customers say

We wanted a smart-looking, contactless approach to access control here at Little Dot. We love the Openpath solution proposed by KST; it’s sleek, simple to use and has excellent reporting features. What’s more, KST’s inhouse commissioning team remotely configured the software to meet our requirements - including who goes where and when, through which doors, the reporting we need and integration to our fire alarm system. Thanks to this we have saved the cost of two days labour on install!

Greg Rochford
IT Manager - Little Dot Studios

KST has once again exceeded all expectations with their outstanding service. Safety is our number one priority for both our Post Masters and customers, therefore we are always on the lookout for new technologies and new ideas. Morphean platforms, along with the installation and maintenance provided by KST, has been the perfect decision for us due to our existing knowledge of their excellent services and competitive prices.

Mark Dinsdale
Security Programme Manager - Post Office Ltd

The mobilisation was smooth with little involvement required from ourselves. Communication, in particular, has been extremely strong with regular meetings. Monthly management information has been circulated and Clipper are using the real time management information that KST have provided with their DYMENSiON software. We also have working action plans on each site focusing on improvements and change management. All in all I would be happy to recommend KST to any company looking at contract award; our experience has been very positive and I am happy to endorse them.

John Welsh
Head of Bonded & Secure Operations - Clipper

The whole process of mobilisation and onboarding to KST was conducted in an exceptional manner, from start to finish. The preparation for the move between City Plumbing Supplies and KST was comprehensive. Collaboration was very good. The days of transfer were event free and smooth - with no major issues. The branches’ onboarding onto the KST system during the 12 weeks following the mobilisation was completed fully with excellent communication sessions conducted on a weekly basis. We are now looking forward to a long and effective partnership with KST.

Steve Kemp
Security, Audit & Loss Prevention Manager - City Plumbing Supplies

We’ve been delighted with the partnership between ISS and KST and the approach to transferring the access control contract. The teams have gelled quickly to understand our estate and we’ve seen significant service improvements.

Andy Southern
Head of Security - Santander Bank