Tony is the proprietor and Managing Director of SSG, a security company that provides security guarding, door supervision, close protection, and investigations to a broad portfolio of clients.
Tony is himself a trainer, qualified to teach for the SIA licensing purposes as well as First Aid, Conflict Management, Physical Intervention, weapon awareness, security screening and examinations management. He is also a personal licence holder so he can act as a designated premises supervisor (DPS).
A well known figure in the Leisure security sector, Tony played an active role in the SIA licensing process from the early days and maintains dialogue with the regulator through his chairmanship of the Door Supervisors Network meetings. He was a member of the SIA Competency Requirements Renewal Steering group and was credited for the mandatory introduction of physical intervention training for Door Supervisors.
Tony represents the Door Supervision sector within the SIA approved contractor scheme as a member of the ACS strategy and standards group. He represents the Door Supervision sector to Government and The SIA and is a founder member of The Security Regulation Alliance.
SSG is a member of The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and Tony is the chairman of the Leisure Industry Security Section of The BSIA.
Tony Clarke joined The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in June 1981 and, on completion of training from Hendon, was assigned to Harlesden Police Station. His abilities were soon recognised and led to an early promotion to Detective Constable, assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Surveillance Unit at Scotland Yard making him the first male black policeman in that unit.
In 1988 a chance meeting with a security manager in a pub changed the direction of Tony’s life. The security manager needed help to uncover some serious internal thefts within their pubs and Tony agreed to help. He was so successful that the brewery asked him to undertake additional investigations and surveillance.
Realising the commercial opportunity, Tony resigned from the police and began trading as a private investigator, specialising in investigating fraud in licensed premises, but also working for the financial services sector investigating mortgage applications for potential fraud and undertaking private surveillance commissions.