With TAPA EMEA’s new Parking Security Requirements (PSR) rapidly gaining in momentum across the region, the Association welcomes Leonie Buthey Mathy to its growing secure parking team as PSR Lead.

With the support of TAPA’s President & CEO and the EMEA Board of Directors, Leonie joins a PSR group of specialists which also includes:

  • Steve McHugh, Executive Director Standards
  • The TAPA EMEA Standards Team, led by Mark Gruentjes
  • Tony Kavanagh, TAPA’s representative in the EU Expert Group on Safe & Secure Parking 
  • George Wiessing, focusing on promoting and increasing PSR certifications and declarations

Leonie worked for Philip Morris International in Switzerland for 15 years, taking on different roles within the company. With more than 12 years’ experience in Corporate Security, Leonie’s main expertise is in Supply Chain Security, Crisis Management, Risk Management and Physical Security. Since March 2019, she has been leading the EMEA Supply Chain Security programme for Amazon, based at their Headquarters in Luxembourg, focusing on transportation, sort centres, nodes and external fulfillment warehouses. Leonie is responsible for ensuring that these areas of responsibility efficiently and effectively provide security services and asset - lives, buildings, equipment, data, & intellectual property - protection through the design of physical infrastructure and processes.

Vigilant talked to Leonie about her new PSR role and why she’s making time, with the support of her employer, to bring her expertise into TAPA’s secure parking initiative…         

After being a TAPA member for almost 10 years and attending conferences regularly, I would like to take a more active role now. If there is one topic in supply chain security that has been talked about for many, many years, it is unsecured parking. We all know that the greatest threat is when drivers have to stop in unsecured parking locations – but thanks to the new PSR Standard, I believe we can have a real leverage and impact on reducing incidents and losses.

Why is PSR the best solution to help build a network of secure parking locations in EMEA?

PSR is available to the industry as a certified security scheme. PSR was developed with knowledge and expertise built up in +20 years of TAPA industry experience with security standards. PSR sites are visible in our SPOT secure parking tool, which provides members with an easy and complete view of available secure parking locations, allowing them to easily plan their transportation routes. It offers parking sites credible and robust security measures.


PSR has made a positive start with over 4,500 parking places already in the programme – how do you expect this number to grow in the next 12-18 months?

We have seen very quickly that TAPA members appreciate the value of PSR and are reaching out to their partners to promote the Standard. We are aiming for over 120 registered sites and 15,000 parking places by end of 2019 and hope to double this again by the end of 2020. If we could exceed theses targets, this will represent a fantastic achievement in the short time PSR has been available and will give us a solid foundation on which to keep building.


How can TAPA members support you in your role as PSR Lead?

When fighting cargo crime, we can all make a difference. In order to build a strong programme, we need all the resources we can get. In June we hosted a PSR workshop in Germany where the attendees had an interactive and fruitful session on parking in Europe. Thanks to their comments, we are now setting up a PSR working group and we are planning also to launch a marketing campaign aimed at raising awareness and driving up the adoption of PSR. All ideas are welcome to help us grow PSR across EMEA!


What is your message to Parking Place Operators about the opportunity PSR offers?

Come and join us! Having a TAPA PSR parking site is obviously adding value for their customers because it will help to secure their freight. It also adds significantly to their credibility when they agree to join a recognised industry programme committed to fighting cargo crime.