The ones leading the way

Our senior leadership team are genuine experts with a wealth of facilities management and support service expertise.

They are the driving force leading the from the front to make Carlisle Support Services the success that it is and inspiring all of our team to deliver a honest and reliable service.

Paul Evans

Chief Executive Officer

Joining Carlisle Support Services in 2015 as Managing Director, and promoted to CEO in January 2019, Paul has overseen the transformation of the business across more recent times. With a career spanning the last two decades in the facilities management sector, and having worked his way up from the front-line, he is extremely passionate about making sure our business strategy remains aligned to our employee-led and customer-centric values.

As CEO, Paul leads our experienced senior team at Carlisle, and we are very proud to have an enviable portfolio of many of the UK’s leading brands and organisations. An operational and commercially focused leader, Paul ensures that Carlisle continues to deliver on their commitment to being the industry’s ‘most trusted partner’, which it does by being completely transparent and honest in all that it does.

Michael Shirt

Finance Director

Michael Shirt was appointed as Finance Director of Carlisle in 2015 and has overseen the Finance, HR, Legal and support functions of the business during a period of rapid organic growth. He led the demerger of Carlisle companies from the Impellam Group in March 2019.
Michael has over 25 years’ experience as an accountant prior to joining Carlisle and started his career in private practice before progressing to roles with ACI Worldwide (banking software) and GE’s Healthcare division. He has worked in the FM services sector for over 15 years.

Tom Ward

Tom Ward

Managing Director Security and Events North

Tom has recently joined Carlisle and brings with him a strong background and experience within the security and events sectors.

Having worked with many of the larger FM companies such as Interserve and Mitie, Tom has spent the past two years as a Security Subject Matter Expert with Anabas where he has led projects to deliver effective and efficient services to clients across their portfolios.

As Managing Director for our Security and Events division in the North of the UK, Tom will provide strategic guidance and leadership to our clients, as well as forging strong links with all stakeholders.

Adrian White

Managing Director – Security and Events South

Adrian has been involved in the support services sector for over 20 years, where he has built and sustained market-leading businesses in the outsourced services sector. The key focus he maintains is to see things through the eyes of the customer and front-line employees. Adrian is responsible for our Security and Events South division and has full profit and loss responsibility. He has vast experience working with a wide range of blue-chip clients and has experience across a range of sectors and service lines. Having started his career on the shop floor within the retail sector, Adrian has a natural affinity with our front-line employees and ensures he spends dedicated time with his teams. 

In his spare time, Adrian is also Chair of a Multi Academy Trust and trustee of a local charity supporting children to complete sporting activities. 

Alex Orr

Head of Operations – Cleaning

Alex specialises in the development and delivery of cost effective cleaning and soft services solutions for our clients, in particular within the Transport sector. He has a strong and proven track record in this sector having work with a broad range of UK transport businesses on a variety of projects.

His project work is underpinned by his extensive experience and knowledge of the daily operational challengers of service operations management, having operated a significant number of contracts during his career. He has recently completed an MSc in Facilities and Environmental Management at UCL to further enhance and expand his knowledge of service operations management and the broader challenges facing the facilities management sector.

Nicole Baker

Head of Marketing and Business Development

Nicole joined Carlisle Support Services in 2016 and is responsible for the overall management of all strategic and operational Marketing and Business Development activities. With a true passion for communicating our company mission, vision, and values, she oversees the creation and delivery of our internal and external communication and digital strategies.

To allow the bid management function to deliver, Nicole provides leadership and guidance to internal stakeholders on best practices, implementation and strategy bid development.

Suzanne Hawkins

Suzanne Hawkins

Head of HR Operations

With 27 years of experience within the HR remit, Suzanne is a focused senior HR professional with proven experience in developing and implementing people strategies to improve business performance. With a passion for continuous development and ensuring employees are given the right channels of support in their daily roles, Suzanne impact on the implementation and TUPE process for new contracts is invaluable. 

Paul Taylor

HSQE & Support Services Director

Paul has worked for Carlisle for over 17 years in various senior management roles both operational and back office.

As Head of HSQE Paul is responsible for managing all of our internal management systems such as ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001. This involves managing all internal and external audits, accreditations and ensuring that the business complies with all statutory and legal obligations including compliance with the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Paul also heads up our Training and the Support Centre functions and has driven our H&S Culture and Operational Excellence programmes throughout the business.

Our services


Our cleaning teams can be found in shops, offices, hotels, trains and trams. No matter where we clean, whether it’s train carriages, arenas or stations, the customer is at the heart of everything we do.


Our security teams work in both the public and private sectors across a full range of business sectors. Our service extend from corporate security services to bespoke complex solutions.


In the world of sport, entertainment and one-off events we specialise in the provision of personnel, management consultancy and hospitality services that we deliver to millions of people every year.


Carlisle is the UK’s largest outsourced merchandiser. Our retail support and interiors teams work with some of the biggest names on the high street installing seasonal and promotional displays.


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