Key topics and challenges affecting the security systems and guarding sectors were addressed at this year’s NSI-sponsored Thought Leadership Summit, held at the Royal Lancaster London. Delegates from across the industry engaged with a lively, informative and thought provoking programme, organised by the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs). A cross-section of security industry end users, service providers, sector organisations and regulatory bodies attended the third annual UK OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit, where an international line-up of speakers provided a variety of valuable insights. They included Inspector Angel Martinez Sendino from the Central Private Security Unit with Madrid Police, who described the pioneering strategy it has adopted to tackle false alarms and the resulting reductions achieved. Real Living Wage Inspector Sendino’s presentation was followed by a panel discussion about the Madrid experience and the lessons that might translate into the UK to beneficial effect. This round-table debate, involving David Mair from the Security Systems Unit at the Metropolitan Police, Ken Meanwell from Secured by Design, David Wilkinson from the BSIA, plus NSI’s Richard Jenkins, was chaired by Professor Martin Gill and prompted informed delegate feedback during a Q&A session. Meanwhile, the merits and implications of paying the Real Living Wage in the security sector were summarised by Sebastian Bachelier from the Living Wage Foundation. He explained how the voluntary Real Living Wage (as distinct from the statutory Minimum Wage for under-25s and the National Living Wage for over-25s) offers benefits to workers and employers alike, in addition to tangible economic contributions when implemented. Underrepresentation of women The SIA welcomed NSI’s forthcoming Code of Practice for the provision of labour in the security and events sector The Summit moved on to hear from Ian Todd, Chief Executive of the Security Industry Authority. His address covered areas including the Approved Contractor Scheme and concerns surrounding the role of labour providers operating outside the ACS’ remit. This involves issues including rogue labour, inadequate screening, poor training and illegal low pay, along with the SIA’s role as a regulator in managing these concerns. The SIA welcomed NSI’s forthcoming Code of Practice (NCP 119) for the provision of labour in the security and events sector. Douglas Barnett from AXA Insurance then provided an insurer’s insight into its experience of guarding contractor practices, drivers behind the race to the bottom and future opportunities. Concluding the event, Charlotte Howell from Perpetuity Research summarised some of the main findings from a recent survey of experiences from women working in physical security and key areas for future industry development, including the significant current underrepresentation of women in the security sector. Help propel the security sector “This Thought Leadership Summit is the first to have been sponsored by NSI and our involvement with this prestigious event was prompted by our drive for continual improvement amongst security providers,” comments NSI Chief Executive Richard Jenkins. “We welcome fresh perspectives that provoke constructive debate about how the industry could develop. The Thought Leadership Summit proved a driving force in moving the debate onwards in a positive and engaging way and covering a range of challenging topics. Recognising new technology, working practices and shared standards can help propel the security sector and raise its profile with buyers, people joining the industry, and in the wider community.”
The revised code of practice aims to reflect the current CCTV landscape in terms of new standards The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has published a revised version of its code of practice relating to Maintenance of CCTV Surveillance Systems (BSIA Form 120), to ensure that its guidance is coordinated with the principles of the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice. The revised code of practice complements the updated Code of Practice and associated guidance for Planning, Design, Installation and Operation of CCTV Surveillance Systems (BSIA Form 109), which was published in 2014, and aims to reflect the current CCTV landscape in terms of new standards and the constant evolution of technology in this area. BSIA developed the guide into a full Code of Practice Dave Wilkinson, Director of Technical Services at the BSIA, comments: “The BSIA has developed this guide into a full Code of Practice and updated it in order to ensure that it is fully aligned with current Government thinking, as set out by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Code of Practice.” “BSIA members are supportive of the work of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner and we are pleased to be able to update the Code of Practice to align with this important work. As part of our commitment to ensuring that our guidance reflects the very latest CCTV standards, the Association is also currently producing guidance surrounding the new BS EN 62676 CCTV standards, which are being published in the UK and already feature on Surveillance Camera Commissioner's website as good practice in the area of the use of CCTV.”
Steve will provide essential support for meeting the growing demand for technical support services The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Steve Lampett as the organisation’s new Technical Officer. Steve fulfilled several roles at ADT Joining the Association today (1st June), Steve brings with him a wealth of experience in the security industry, having fulfilled several roles at ADT Fire and Security in various different areas of electronic fire and security, including quality, environmental, health and safety and technical. For the past four years, Steve has worked as a QEHS consultant in the manufacturing and construction industries. As part of the BSIA’s knowledgeable Technical Team, Steve will report to newly-promoted Technical Manager, Paul Phillips, and will provide essential support for many of the Association’s sections of membership, meeting the growing demand for technical support services. Supporting the Association’s diverse membership Commenting on his appointment, Steve says: “I am very excited about my new role at the BSIA and am looking forward to working with everyone and supporting the Association’s diverse membership to meet their ever-changing technical needs.” Dave Wilkinson, Director of Technical Services, adds: “I am delighted to announce the recruitment of Steve to our technical team. He will take on the role of Technical Officer to support both Paul and myself in various aspects of our technical work. Steve’s solid grounding in electronic security over the past 21 years will be a major asset to our work in this highly important area of the association.”
Paul joined in 2009 and has contributed to BSIA’s growing presence on British and European standards development committees The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has appointed Paul Phillips to the position of Technical Manager, following six successful years as the Association’s Technical Officer. With 20 years’ experience in the security industry, Paul’s previous appointments include technical positions within Cooper Security and Elmdene. Paul joined the BSIA in 2009 as Technical Officer and has since contributed to the Association’s growing presence on British and European standards development committees. Paul’s professional experience is underpinned by a solid academic background, having completed a Master’s Degree in Security and Risk Management at Leicester University. Paul has been promoted to the position of Technical Manager following the appointment of David Wilkinson as Director of Technical Services, which was announced in January. Commenting on his appointment, Paul says: “I am pleased to be promoted to the position of Technical Manager, and look forward to making a further contribution to delivering a quality service to BSIA members, while meeting the numerous technical challenges that continue to be faced by the security industry in general.” David Wilkinson, Director of Technical Services, adds: “I am delighted to be able to appoint Paul as Technical Manager for BSIA. Paul has made valuable contributions to the technical services we provide to members over the last six years and this appointment is well deserved. I am confident Paul will excel in his new position and look forward to working with him on the many challenges that lie ahead in the security industry.” As a result of Paul’s promotion, the BSIA is now actively recruiting for a new Technical Officer, which represents an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, self-motivated technical professional to work as part of a dedicated team providing a wide range of advice and guidance to BSIA members on a number of technical issues relating to electronic alarm systems, physical security and manned guarding services
Dave has been at the BSIA since 2006 and has responsibility for delivering technical requirements of the electronic sections of the BSIA The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of David Wilkinson to the position of Director of Technical Services. Promoted from the position of Technical Manager after eight years with the Association, Dave will assume his new role on 13th February 2015. The announcement follows the resignation of Alex Carmichael, who leaves the BSIA in February to join the SSAIB security inspectorate. James Kelly, Chief Executive, comments: “I am very pleased to announce that Dave Wilkinson has been offered the position of Director of Technical Services, and will succeed Alex Carmichael in the post from the 13th February. “I wish Alex well in this next step in his career and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for the significant contributions that he has made to the BSIA’s success over the past 16 years. “I am always keen to promote from within wherever possible, and we are fortunate in having some excellent people in key areas of the Association. The Association’s Technical department will remain at its current strength, to meet the extensive and complex workload on behalf of members.” Dave’s experience in the security industry spans more than 25 years and includes in-house security management positions as well as various roles with market leading security organisations, including Kings’ Security Systems, Reliance and the former Group 4 Securitas. Dave has been at the BSIA since 2006 and has responsibility for delivering technical requirements of the electronic sections of the BSIA, including Security Equipment Manufacturers, Security Systems and CCTV. Dave has also played an instrumental role in coordinating BSIA working groups to develop Codes of Practice and Guidelines, representing the BSIA on European and British Standards committees and ensuring a good technical liaison with member companies and other industry organisations. Commenting on his promotion, Dave added: "Having been at the BSIA for eight years, holding the positions of Technical Officer then Technical Manager, it is with great delight that I am now in a position to take on the role of Director of Technical Services. I look forward to the challenges of the role especially in such a rapidly changing industry environment."