I am Colin Culleton, The Founder & Director of Asset Protect Consulting Ltd. I retired from full time employment in June 2019 after over 39 years working in the security and loss prevention industry.
The last 6 years of employment as Group Loss Prevention Manager for Next Plc were some of the most challenging and rewarding in my career and this influenced my decision to remain involved in the industry part time, via my own consultancy.
Whilst not in a position to operate as a charity, my over-riding objective was to give something back to an industry that had been very good to me and I believe that I have experienced most challenges that loss prevention professionals may face in their careers.
I don’t profess to have been successful in every initiative, policy change or investment decision but I have worked for businesses and bosses where if you don’t learn from your mistakes, you won’t be around to repeat the mistake…….
Whilst I obviously want my web site to reflect a professional, modern consultancy service, I do not want it to be corporate or restricted by conventional practises. In this respect, I will be very open with my views on the blog section, whilst not causing upset or embarrassment to any individual or business.
I have had the pleasure of working with some of the most talented and driven individuals in retail and I want to share my experience of the characteristics that these leaders had. I will also share the professional shortcomings that I identified during my career, with a view to assisting my industry peers by encouraging self-development in these areas.
Feedback & Reviews
I have had the pleasure of meetign and working with some fantastic people during my career. Here is what some of them have said about me.
Colin has a wealth of experience in loss protection and risk reduction across a retail estate. He is a hands on operator who quickly gains the confidence of staff at all levels. Colin can handle a wide variety of situations, and is an excellent company ambassador when dealing with third parties including regulators. He is serious, methodical, patient and has great energy levels. I would happily work with Colin again if the chance arises.
CFO / COO at CPA Global
Colin has great insightfulness. His main attributes are to gain the buy in from the most senior levels to the shop floor. His record in the tough world of retail security speaks for itself , hence his move into the role of a knowledge provider will be a great success as he brings with him experience that will be valued. I have always personally valued his support .
Peter French MBE CPP
CEO at SSR Personnel
Having worked for Colin for just over 5 years, I can honestly say it was a pleasure. Colin’s knowledge, experience and management style is second-to-none. A leader who inspires others, and someone who always takes his teams thoughts on board, whilst always encouraging them to progress. Great guy all round!
Regional Loss Prevention Manager at Next Plc
Colin has operated at the very highest level in Retail Loss Prevention, and as such has built up a reputation that stands with the best. Having worked with Colin at Next for four years, I can say that he took a good team to a great team.
Colin’s attention to detail and guidance developed a strategy that delivered year on year loss reduction. At the same time, through his work with the NBCS, Crimestoppers to name a few, he has championed collaboration as being fundamental to success. A real innovator and leading light within the industry
Group Profit Protection Manager at Matalan
I worked with Colin at next retail between 2013 and 2015 when he was appointed as Group LP Manager. Colin is the type of Manager that will listen to your opinion before making his final decision which will invariably include advice given in the initial conversation. He is extremely proactive with LP education and encourages all of his staff to seek new ways to improve themselves. His LP knowledge is second to none and he is always open new and exciting initiatives that will drive LP in the right direction. Some people are good managers, but Colin is both that and a a good leader. I look forward to working with Colin again in the future.
Regional Loss Prevention Manager Europe at Swarovski
Colin is the most professional loss prevention / risk manager thatI have had the privilege of knowing. Colin always applies a level of common sense and practical application of his vast experience to any LP or Risk related matters.
Director of Loss Prevention EMEA
at Michael Kors