Les Allan

United Kingdom

Director of SafeGuarding Services at Heriot-Watt University, Chairman AUCSO


Les is a former police officer and now well know safeguarding professional with 30 years’ experience in the tertiary education sector. He has been with Heriot-Watt University since 2012 with a brief to restructure systems and modernise services.. Les is also current Chair of the Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO). His past career includes eight years of coordinating the Scottish Government CHASTE Project, evaluating the security and safety systems in every university and college in Scotland. He has a strong background in creating strategic alliances and supporting large scale institutional mergers and campus relocations. Les is a firm believer in succession planning and ensures that the structures he develops are sustainable by investment in and career development of young ‘in house’ talent.


  • ISRM Global Roundtable - Frontline Security - Professionalisation in the Post-Covid World - 24th June 2021