Serco Liaison Manager, Alan Lonsbrough retires

After a long and distinguished career, it is time for the legend that is Alan Lonsbrough to retire – at the tender age of 84!

Alan worked within the Court Justice Service for 25 years, the last 13 years of which were with Serco as Liaison Manager at the Central Criminal Court with a responsibility for the Royal Courts’ of Justice. He has enjoyed a long and distinguished professional life, which started with National Service in 1955; leaving the Army three years later having seen Active Service in Kenya and Suez and having been awarded the Kenya Medal.

He joined the Metropolitan Police in 1958, where he was largely based in Central and West London, retiring after 33 years’ service at the rank of Chief Inspector. Early on, as a young Constable his responsibilities embraced general duties together with C.I.D. attachments and plain clothes duties. Latterly he was assigned to New Scotland Yard with responsibility for Court and Coroner officers working within the Metropolitan Area. He ended his career working on the government contractorization programme to the private sector for prisoner escorting and court-based duties.

He joined Securicor in October 1991 where he helped develop their Custodial business. Following the company’s successful acquisition of the London Region in 1994 he was appointed Court Operational Manager for the Feltham Base, with responsibility for a number of Crown and Magistrates’ Courts within West London. In 2001, he was appointed to the post of Area Court Services Manager for North London. In 2004 he joined private contractor Premier Prisons, later acquired by Serco, as an Operational Manager within the Prisoner Escorting and Custody Services (PECS) business. In 2007 he took up the high profile position of Serco Liaison Manager at the Central Criminal Court with a responsibility for the Royal Courts’ of Justice. His remit included keeping in close contact with the respective Judiciaries and acting as a crucial conduit between the custodial suite and all operating areas of the highest profile court in the United Kingdom.

In January 2018 Alan attended a special ceremony in the Central Criminal Court accompanied by Senior PECS management where he was recognised for his excellent work on the part of Serco by the Senior Judges in England and Wales, and by the Lord Mayor of London who personally thanked him for his contributions. Alan was made a Freeman of the City of London later that same year.

Alan retires from Serco with the enormous best wishes and thanks of all his peers, respect of an entire sector and huge admiration for his service over the past eight decades.