Fitzpatrick will oversee the development, launch and running of the new Command Centre in Uxbridge, London, which joins the Brisbane and Toronto Command Centres, providing 24-hour emergency assistance to travellers. An expert in operations, intelligence, investigations and security risk management, Fitzpatrick will work closely with clients, including universities, security firms, travel management agencies, business continuity advisors and human resources consultants, to identify potential travel risks and provide expert security advice and support.
Fitzpatrick has lived and worked in Africa and the Middle East, as well as Europe. In Afghanistan, she was Security Risk Manager for the European Union Delegation in Kabul; in Nigeria, Security Risk Manager and a Senior Intelligence Analyst for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; in Switzerland as Corporate Security Manager for the TAP Trans Adriatic Pipeline (Europe); and, most recently, in London as Director of Security and Safety for Bvlgari Hotels and Resorts.
“I’m delighted to have joined World Travel Protection at this time when we’re growing rapidly in EMEA, to support and build on the organisation’s existing expertise and world-class technological solutions to keep travelling teams safe,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s our job to prepare and support organisations in the changed travelling landscape since the pandemic, particularly as we’re seeing increased risk globally, from health concerns to a rise in criminal activity and terrorism, as well as growing incidences of climatic and natural disasters.
“During my career, I’ve been instrumental in identifying potential threats for women. In Afghanistan, I would conduct in-depth risk assessments for women in the EU delegation for travelling in and around Kabul, and in Africa, I would do the same for the Bill Gates Foundation to ensure the safety of the women members of the medical teams, particularly when travelling to remote rural locations,” she continued.
Rodger Cook, General Manager, Global Security Services, World Travel Protection, said; “Kate’s depth of experience and expertise make her an invaluable addition to World Travel Protection’s EMEA team.”