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Alun John receives the Peter Greenwood award

Jun 30 2003

Alun John, Chief Executive of Upperpoint whose trading companies include Norbain SD Limited, Baxall Limited, TDSi Limited, Reditron in South Africa and AlarmExpress in Portugal, received the prestigious Peter Greenwood Award at the 2003 Security Industry Awards held recently during IFSEC 2003. Awarded by The Guild of Security Professionals and presented by Steve Neville, Master of the Guild of Security Professionals (2002-3) and Una Riley, Master-Elect, the award is in recognition of Alun John’s sustained lifetime contribution to the security industry.

On receiving the Award, Alun John, Chief Executive of Upperpoint Distribution Limited, commented:

“I am delighted, surprised and a little overwhelmed at receiving this award. The security industry is a tremendous sector in which to work and I continue to enjoy it enormously and consider it a great privilege to be able to spend my working life surrounded by so many friends and colleagues.”

Alun John joined Norbain Electronics Limited in 1982, a mini conglomerate with diverse operations ranging from computer maintenance and distribution of optical components, PCs and peripherals, power supplies and connectors. His initial role was as Product Manager in its fledgling security subsidiary Norbain Imaging Limited, and was promoted to the Board of Norbain plc as Sales and Marketing Director in 1988. Over the next six years Alun John was instrumental in devising and implementing a strategy to dispose of the non-security businesses while building the CCTV enterprise that swiftly became the market leading CCTV supplier in the UK and Europe.

In May 1997, Alun John was appointed Group Managing Director to steer the company through a turbulent period that saw the disposal of loss making subsidiaries in the UK and France.  In 1999 he spearheaded a Management Buy Out vehicle, Upperpoint, supported by PPM Ventures Limited, that upon completion of the transaction de-listed from the London Stock Exchange and took the business into the private sectorThis resulted in the formation of Upperpoint Distribution Limited and Upperpoint Manufacturing Limited.  Today, the Group employs 550 people worldwide and has a combined turnover in excess of £125m.

Peter Greenwood Award


The award is in the memory of Peter Greenwood, who as the Head of the Electrical Contractors Association Security Group was a founder member of the Security Industry Lead Body (SILB).  In his position as Chairman of the SILB Implementation Committee, Peter worked tirelessly to enhance the cohesion and professionalism of the security industry through new National Vocational Qualifications, and had a clear vision of the industry working closely together, providing rewards for its members and top quality service for all its customers.


In an industry not always known for its levels of co-operation between its many sectors, Peter represented the values of fairness, conciliation and innovation, which he always encouraged the industry to adopt.  Even in ill health, his energy, good humour and concern for the good of the industry never deserted him.   On his death in January 1995 his colleagues on the SILB felt it appropriate to create an annual award to be offered to an individual who demonstrated the same kind of enthusiasm and selfless concern for the industry which Peter himself unerringly demonstrated.

Upperpoint Distribution Limited

Upperpoint Distribution Limited, incorporates Norbain SD Ltd., Alarm Express Portugal Ltd. and Reditron Ltd.

Upperpoint Manufacturing Limited

Upperpoint Manufacturing Limited, incorporates Baxall Ltd and TDSi Limited.

PPM Ventures Limited


PPM Ventures is a leading source of private equity finance for mid-market transactions. Buy-and-build transactions represent a strong focus for PPM, designed to support the growth of portfolio investments through strategic acquisitions.


Although PPM Ventures’ portfolio is broadly based, the firm has established a reputation for its expertise in the business support services sector. Recent transactions in this area includes the €170 million secondary MBO of Prezioso, the French based protective maintenance services company.


PPM Ventures, with offices in London, Paris, Munich, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo and Sydney, has more than €2billion of allocated funds available for private equity investment.

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