Tom Jenkins DipGAI MinstAI, principal consultant & director ATAJ Secure LTD
Tom started work as a ‘barrow boy’ at Leadenhall Market in London. He went on to become an apprentice locksmith rising to fully trained Master Locksmith.
Tom is now a specialist in security specification and has been a speaker and trainer for governmental and security service departments including the Counter Terrorism Security Advisors, the Military Police (MP) and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC). He works closely with Secured by Design.
After 40 years of experience shared between ASSA ABLOY, Bramah Security, and distribution Tom has partnered with 10 UK security product manufacturers and launched ATAJ Secure Ltd.
Tell us about ATAJ?
By providing a single channel to 10 manufacturers, we are offering a vast shared knowledge of product specification, British and European standards and effective multiple security solutions to keep buildings safe without them having to look like fortresses. Our aim is to provide architects & design teams, system integrators & locksmiths, as well as end users alike with a complete physical security package offering the initial consultancy, risk assessment, and the draft proposal, to a full specification detail with a contract offer, then the project management to deliver on time, and in full.
Or we can simply provide any one of these services and support your own approved contractor. ATAJ Secure can also provide training on a number of subjects.
Why did you want to start up your own business?
To celebrate my 40th year in the industry, and to do it ‘my way’.
What project you’ve been involved with are you most proud of?
The Tower of London. I’ve also worked for the Royal family, and on the Crown Jewels, and have also worked for MI5, (but that’s all I am saying🤣). I am very proud of every single project.
What are the challenges and the rewards of this business?
The challenge is getting the telephone to ring! The reward is answering it.
How do you spend your spare time?
With my family, cooking, DIY, listening to music and drinking IPA and fine whiskey! I did spend 30 years going to watch Crystal Palace, but have retired from football now after visiting some 70 grounds.