The people behind Border Safeguard

Our staff make us who we are. From our sales and administration team to that of one of our engineering divisions, you will have dealings with them every day. We are happy to have the chance to introduce them to you.

Jake Wheelans

Managing Director

Jake began his career within the security and fire industry back in 1973, which gives him forty years of experience in the industry. During his career, which began as an engineer with Securicor, Jake has advised thousands upon thousands of businesses, large and small, and a great deal of many residential homeowners within the Scottish Borders. He has advised them on a variety of subjects pertaining to security and fire, combining his practical experience as well as putting theory to the role as and when required.

Jake has previously held the positions of regional Chairman of the NSI and BSIA in Scotland, both of which were for sustained and lengthy periods of time. Jake has always believed in providing a professional service to our customers and has strived to ensure the Company’s motto of it being ‘a company built of personal service’ has always remained the same today from when it was when it was first formed.

In his spare time, Jake enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing and gardening. He also contributes to the successful running of various organisations and charitable associations within the town of Selkirk where the company is based. Although born and raised in Melrose, Jake is currently a serving member of the Common Riding Trust within the town having been a longtime supporter of the town's Merchant Company.

In his younger days, Jake excelled at rugby, playing as a free running fullback for both Selkirk Youth Rugby Club, Melrose and the South, where he was captain of each. Still today he supports local rugby in the region while even more so in particular supporting and focusing his efforts on the young people within the ranks of Selkirk Youth Rugby Club where he served one position or another for almost 30 years. In January of 2016 Jake was elected as the Provost of Selkirk, a position he will hold for three years. It’s a role he is immensely proud of undertaking and one that we all here at Border Safeguard Ltd are most supportive of.

Ask him about – Being nominated and chosen to act as a Baton Bearer for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games!

Kirsty Skeldon

Admin & Accounts Manager

Kirsty is often the first point of contact for customers when they contact us. Kirsty joined the team in 2010 following a lengthy period within the insurance industry. Kirsty ensures that the office runs smoothly through her strong administration and customer service skills. In her time Kirsty has gained a wealth of knowledge on all aspects of the business and in her time has seen many and varied changes in the successful evolution of the administration of the company. Kirsty is very well respected within the industry and is a very important member of the management team where she oversees the processing of all matters partaking to that of accounting and finance within the Company and is responsible for applying sound financial practices to the Company’s operations.

Kirsty works closely with many of our suppliers to ensure our continued success as she is very much driven to succeed by ensuring our customers receive the best service possible at all times. Kirsty liaises very closely at all times with the managers of our Alarm Receiving Centre’s and business partners to ensure delivery of high-quality service to our customers.

Kirsty can be found to be taking a keen interest in all items partaking to company business and will, if required go that extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction.

Away from the office, Kirsty enjoys keeping active, spending time with her family and friends and reading. An avid walker, Kirsty enjoys taking long walks but her favourite hobby, as she calls it, is social shopping...

Ask her about – her fascination with shoes!?! Kirsty is renowned the region over as being the Imelda Marcos of Border Safeguard due to the size of her ‘small’ collection...

Craig Stanners

Senior Service Engineer

Craig has been with the firm for over 37 years, starting with Border Safeguard straight from leaving school where he attended college to gain his qualification in Electrical Engineering. Craig undertakes and supports his fellow engineers within the service division of the company while combining his role as a service engineer with his area, offering help and assistance with new products and old.

Craig is another who is dedicated to providing a commitment to service and at all times strives to offer the best advice he can with any issues a customer may have or find.

Away from work, Craig enjoys spending time with his family and being an active supporter of Selkirk Common Riding and its various ceremonial proceedings. Craig currently finds himself as being Convenor of the Selkirk Rig Race Committee and oversees the organising and planning of the (now twice!) yearly successful meetings held at the Gala Rig on the South side of the town.

Ask him about – his year as Selkirk Royal Burgh Standard Bearer back in 1994!

Neil Rutherford

Installation Team Engineer

Other than the Company MD, Neil is the longest-serving member of the team and has been with the Company since 1982. With over 40 years’ experience in the industry, Neil has seen all the many and varied changes that have occurred in business during his time. As the most experienced member of the installation engineering team, Neil is often found to coordinate various installation projects and is the first to offer words of advice on working practices to his colleagues.

Neil is often found to be the life and soul of any works related gathering thanks to his humorous and fun natured attitude which he offers to our customers also.

Away from work he enjoys spending time with family and socialising with friends. An avid golfer, Neil enjoys nothing more than days away and playing the many and various courses within Scotland. Although he does dispute the fact his son his a better golfer than him!

Ask him about – his travels to Spain in 1982 with the Tartan Army to support the Scotland football team!

John Pretswell

Senior Installation Team Engineer

John (or Baz as he is more commonly known!) has been with the company for over 20 years and along with our Operations Director, was one of the very first individuals in Scotland to gain the Modern Apprenticeship qualification that became available in the installation and maintenance of Fire and Emergency Systems. After serving his time, Baz has undertaken many varying roles within the company, which has enabled him to gain a great deal of practical experience as well as theoretics with regards all things fire and security.

Baz enjoys working with customers new and old alike while at the same time learning and putting into practice the varying and ever-changing standards and technologies that are in the industry with regards Intruder, CCTV and Fire installations. He often contributes to the company’s’ social media strategy, from an engineering perspective, and as such, holds the respect of his fellow engineers with his continued commitment and dedication to service. Baz, when time allows, undertakes ‘Out of Work Learning’ sessions as well as assisting the younger members of the team with their ongoing professional development.

In his spare time, Baz is a keen (and fairly reasonable) darts player and avid mountain biker, who enjoys exploring the vast countryside that the Scottish Borders has to offer. He also manages to make time for his wife and young family.

Ask him about – how exactly he came about getting his nickname...

Izzy McDougall

Service & Maintenance Coordinator

Izzy has been with the company since 2007 and oversees the Preventative and Corrective Maintenance schedules for the service division within the company. Izzy’s cheerful and helpful demeanour is one of the reasons for the company having such a high level of customer satisfaction! With an eye for detail, Izzy is ideally suited for the role she undertakes for Border Safeguard.

She is always willing to do what she can to help, working hard to meet each customer’s needs.

Izzy enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pets and, when the opportunity arises, enjoys foreign travel. She also tells us she is something of a domestic goddess!

Ask her about – her many trips abroad with her sister Mary!

David Buchanan

Consultant

Dave has been involved with the company, in one shape or another, for almost as long as it has been in existence! Prior to undertaking a role with Border Safeguard back in 2006, Dave gained over 20 years’ invaluable experience in the industry while employed as an auditor for the industry inspectorate body the NSI.

Dave currently uses his knowledge for the benefit of the team and its customers while assisting with the implementation of company procedures and policies.

In his spare time, Dave enjoys spending time with family and is another within the firm that enjoys spending time golfing socially with friends and travelling.

Ask him about - the time he spent working on the oil rigs...

Gordon Ingles

Service Engineer

Gordon has been with Border Safeguard for 10 years and currently is a service engineer within the team. Prior to starting with the company, Gordon spent most of his working career with Scottish Power.

Gordon has proved himself to be a very conscientious worker while with us who takes great pride providing customer satisfaction. He is a thorough and thoughtful employee, which is reflected in the meticulous attention to detail Gordon shows.

In his spare time, Gordon enjoys being with his family and helps support with the organising and planning of Selkirk Youth Rugby Club. A keen golfer, Gordon, in the summer months, can be found spending most evenings up Selkirk Hill attempting to perfect his swing.

Ask him about – the time he almost had a hole in one...

Alan Wheelans

Operations Director

Alan has been with the company for 22 years, starting at the bottom and working his way up the ladder, as and when his tea making skills improved! Alan has undertaken various roles within the company, ranging from that of a fresh-faced apprentice to his current position of Operations Director.

Alan is involved in sales, purchasing, assisting with strategy and business planning, marketing and organisational development of the firm, as well as auditing and quality management system.

Alan has served as both regional chairman and vice-chairman for the Scottish region with the NSI, (he was and still is the youngest ever person to hold either position) and is currently the regional chairman in Scotland for the BSIA.

Alan enjoys combining his role with Border Safeguard with spending his spare time with his three children, family and friends. Alan is often found standing on the sidelines of many a Borders spots pitches, supporting one of his children when playing their various sports. He enjoys supporting Selkirk Rugby Football Club, as an ex-player. Alan is now actively involved in a coaching capacity of one of Selkirk's local junior rugby teams.

In what is left of his spare time, Alan can be found playing the guitar while singing (badly!)

Ask him about – The videos of him singing on YouTube!

Kirsty Crosbie

Office Administrator

Kirsty is the newest recruit to our admin team, and in the short time, she has been with the company she has firmly established herself as part of the team. Kirsty ensures that the office runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis, undertaking and assisting with the successful completion of all office-based tasks and duties. Kirsty has spent a successful period working alongside several of our engineers learning the technical aspects of our business.

Kirsty often focuses on the processing of new acceptances and assisting with planning, scheduling and making access arrangements for all install works.

Away from the office, Kirsty enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and socialising with friends.

Ask her about – her last holiday before starting with Border Safeguard Ltd...

Steven Marynicz

Service Team Engineer

In the 3 years Steven has been with the company, he has proven himself to be a real asset due to his knowledge and experience of the industry before commencing his employment with the team. Steven attended Telford College in Edinburgh to study for his SVQ Modern Apprenticeship in Fire and Emergency systems and has put his training to good use.

Steven is currently a member of the service team and is conscientious, offering help and assistance where and when he can. He has a real determination to get things done.

Steven enjoys playing football fives several times a week and also turns out regularly for the local amateur football team in Coldstream. He enjoys socialising with his friends (whether it be in Berwick or San Antonio!).

Ask him about – the time he did his bit while giving something back to the local community...

Dave Thompson

Installation Team Engineer

Dave started with the company in 1999, and he has developed an extensive knowledge of various industry disciplines that he can call upon during any install project. He is a hands-on installer who enjoys the challenges that can often arise and is dedicated to providing quality workmanship.

Dave served his apprenticeship with Lawries Electrical before he made a change in career direction, taking up a role within the gaming industry prior to starting with Border Safeguard.

Away from work Dave enjoys spending time with his family and manages the odd day at the track, where he is a keen follower the British Touring Car Championship and motorsport in general.

Ask him about – the day he had lunch with ex BTCC Champion Jason Plato…

Ian Rodgerson

Service Team Engineer

Ian has been with the company since 2003, having had a long career in audio and visual workings. Ian is a member of the service team and oversees a large area and has built up many successful relationships with customers.

Ian is a committed member of our team who will go to great lengths to assist our customers as well as his fellow engineers if required.

Away from work, Ian enjoys spending time with his family. Ian used to referee rugby games for the SRU. Ian is also a well-known supporter of the Scout Association. He also offers his services to help many an amateur operatic society groups in the region. Ian is another who has played his part in the making of Selkirk’s history, having been Royal Burgh Standard Bearer in 1986.

Ask him about – The ‘small bump’ he had during his first week of employment with the Company...

Robbie Reilly

Apprentice Engineer

Robbie is the senior member of our Academy team, and in the time he has been with the company he has proven himself to be a keen and enthusiastic worker. Eager to learn, Robbie is one of our two apprentices who are currently undertaking their SQA Modern Apprenticeship in Fire and Emergency Systems.

Away from work, Robbie enjoys spending time playing the guitar, socialising with his friends, supporting the various summer festivals, and most weekends, he can be found to be playing hooker for Selkirk RFC 1st fifteen.

Ask him about – the time he was a bit poorly at work...

Mathew Stanners

Apprentice Engineer

Mathew is a third generation member of the ranks who currently finds himself as the young buck within the engineering ranks of the firm. Eager to learn, along with our other engineering apprentice, Mathew is undertaking his SQA Modern Apprenticeship in Fire and Emergency Systems via the company’s Academy programme.

Away from work, Mathew enjoys playing rugby, while he is also a keen horseman. As such, is an avid supporter of both Selkirk Common Riding and many of the other local summer festivals held throughout the Scottish Borders region and beyond. He was chosen during the summer of 2015 to be an Attendant to that of the Selkirk Royal and Ancient Standard Bearer whose shoes he hopes to step into in years to come.

Ask him about – his love of fashion...

Fraser Wheelans

Business Development Assistant

Fraser is another third generation team member. In the time with the company he has proven himself to be an asset to the business. His enthusiasm to serve and to learn more about the industry has resulted in a renewed enthusiasm with others to develop their own understanding and personal development. Fraser applies his knowledge of technology and social media to develop the company's profile.

Out of work, Fraser enjoys playing fullback for Selkirk Youth Rugby Club as well as socialising with friends and family.

Ask him about- his love of food...

For further information or to ask a question just get in touch and we'd be happy to help.

About us

  Unfortunately we got the system installed after we suffered a break-in. The attentive service by all at Border Safeguard Ltd was much appreciated at a difficult time and the speed at which this was all dealt with. Your Surveyor was very helpful and re-assuring and the engineers who undertook the install were extremely professional and helpful.  
Mr & Mrs J Seton, Longniddry