The BSIA Chairman's Awards awards recognise the significant or lifelong contributions to the security industry Five individuals and teams have been presented with prestigious British Security Industry Association Chairman’s Awards to celebrate the significant contributions they have made to the ongoing success of the UK’s private security industry.Personally selected by the BSIA’s Chairman, Dirk Wilson, Managing Director at Sector Security Services, the awards serve to recognise the significant or lifelong contributions in five different categories: Contribution to Standards, Contribution to the Community, Contribution to the Industry, Contribution to Training and Contribution to Exporting. The awards were presented at the Association’s flagship event, the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon, held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on the 12th July.This year’s winners are: Contribution to Standards The Chairman’s Award for Contribution to Standards was presented to Martin Harvey, Head of Regulatory Affairs at TYCO / ADT. Martin has been involved with the fire and security industries for more than four decades and has made a significant contribution to the development of standards within that time. Martin has been involved in various committees and organisations relating to standards, initially with the British Fire Protection Systems Association, before becoming Chairman of the Fire Industry Association in 2012. He is now involved in a number of BSI and CENELEC security systems committees using his expertise to shape and form standards. He represents the UK on three key standards committees for alarm systems, alarm receiving centres and integrated systems and has an enthusiasm to see the security industry keep pace with changes in technology. He is dedicated to the development of best practice in the security industry and a deserving recipient of this award. Studies suggest that as many as5,000 former services personnelare homeless in the UK at any onetime. Vigilance Properties’ trackrecord in rebuilding productive livesfor those struggling in such waysis very strong Contribution to the Community The award for Contribution to the Community was awarded to Vigilance Properties Ltd, a company that has its beginnings as a social enterprise, first established in 2008 with the aim of improving the lives of ex-service men and women. Studies suggest that as many as 5,000 former services personnel are homeless in the UK at any one time, with over 20% in London alone. Vigilance Properties’ track record in rebuilding productive lives for those struggling in such ways is very strong. The company’s commitment to the community extends beyond its recruitment ethos – which has nurtured over 600 former soldiers to develop civilian careers in security over the past 8 years – to its dedicated fundraising efforts, particularly around London Poppy Day in support of the Royal British Legion. Staff from Vigilance Properties volunteer with thousands of armed forces personnel across London to raise funds and in the last two years, they have raised a staggering £77,000 for this worthy cause.Contribution to the Industry The Chairman’s Award for Contribution to the Industry was presented to Detective Inspector Georgina Barnard who has been closely involved with the Police and Security (PaS) initiative since its inception in 2014. Her support of the private security industry through PaS has been extremely well received and has been instrumental in ensuring that the initial enthusiasm for the PaS concept has not stood still, but has been translated into positive actions and outcomes. Georgina has been extremely proactive in introducing and supporting discussion between the Metropolitan Police Service and the private security industry. Her boundless energy and enthusiasm for creating a positive atmosphere between the police and private security industry has contributed to significant steps forward in the relationship between both sides. In 2015, Securitas opened a newTraining and Development Academywith state-of-the-art trainingequipment and within the space of ayear, the company achieved itsstatus as a City & Guilds AccreditedTraining Centre, unique in the privatesecurity industry Contribution to TrainingThe Chairman’s Award for Contribution to Training serves to recognise those who have made significant contributions towards equipping the industry with the skills and knowledge it needs to develop and innovate. This year, the award was presented to Emily O’Mahony, Head of Learning and Development at Securitas UK. Securitas has had a renewed focus on the training and development of more than 13,000 staff and since taking up her post, Emily has created and led a strategy to change and secure the shift in skills and output as a result. In 2015, the company opened a new Training and Development Academy with state-of-the-art training equipment and within the space of a year, the company achieved its status as a City & Guilds Accredited Training Centre, unique in the private security industry. This was largely due to Emily’s leadership and tireless dedication to achieving this aim. Contribution to ExportingThe award for Contribution to Exporting was awarded to John Davies, Managing Director of TDSi and Chairman of the BSIA’s Export Council. John has been a driving force and keen supporter of the BSIA’s Export Council, serving twice as its Chairman. First elected Vice-Chair of the Export Council on 2008, John has worked very closely with the Association to provide advice and guidance to other security companies who are less experienced exporters. He then became Chairman of the Export Council in 2010 and became a strong figurehead for the industry. Around the same time, he served on the UKTI DSO’s Security Sector Advisory Group, assisting the Government in identifying security export opportunities. John started his second tenure as Chairman of the Export Council in 2015 and continues to be a strong voice for exporting in the industry. He now serves concurrently on the Home Office’s Security Resilience and Growth Partnership as an authoritative voice on exporting in the security sector. Commenting on the awards, BSIA Chairman, Dirk Wilson, said: “I am proud to be able to recognise these individuals whose commitment and dedication has made a lasting impression on our industry, both in the UK and abroad. The actions of this year’s winners have all served to promote our industry in a positive light and I am delighted to be able to commend the impact they have made.”
The conference will include engaging seminar presentations delivered by expert in the field on methods and regulations The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is delighted to announce the date for the first Liverpool Crime Prevention Exhibition and Conference which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the 25th May 2016. This free to attend event will offer security companies an opportunity to showcase their products and will allow delegates to view the latest security services and to listen to engaging seminar presentations delivered by expert in the field on methods and regulations. Must-attend for the North West’s wider business community Organised by the BSIA in partnership with Merseyside Police and the Liverpool BID Company, the event is a must-attend for the North West’s wider business community, major retailers, local authorities and entertainment venues. Free to attend for delegates, the event will take place at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Liverpool city centre, and features a range of expert speakers including Tony Porter, Surveillance Camera Commissioner, speaking about surveillance Camera Code of Practice. Other confirmed speakers include Dirk Wilson, Chairman of BSIA’s section who will discuss day to day interaction with security members of staff; Shaun Holland, Crime Safety Consultant of the Liverpool BID Company, who will talk on tackling retail crime; a Merseyside Police Officer with a crime prevention brief. Demonstration on latest products and services Alongside the conference, exhibitors from across the security industry will be on hand to demonstrate their latest products and services, giving delegates the opportunity to get up close to the latest technological innovations, meet potential suppliers and find out more about which solutions would best suit their business. Similar past events held in other UK cities attracted record number of over 300 delegates, with attendees including representatives of well-known city-centre retailers, as well as other organisations including insurers, healthcare practitioners and local authorities. James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA, commented: “We are very excited about holding this event in Liverpool. We believe it will provide a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to learn about the latest security products and services, whilst hearing about the great work that Merseyside Police do for the city. The BSIA security experts will be at hand to share best practice advice and help to secure a positive and safe future for local businesses.”
The Code aims to assist businesses in developing their own security procedures & guidelines related to "frequent" searches A new Code of Practice to help companies carry out safe and legal security searches has been published by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the trade body representing the UK’s private security industry. Aims to assist businesses Intended for use on a voluntary basis, the Code aims to assist businesses in developing their own security procedures and guidelines relating to ‘frequent’ searches, including, for example, searching property and persons, preventing entry into a restricted area, or locating prohibited or dangerous items. It is also applicable to companies offering search services to customers, or businesses that directly employ ‘in-house’ searchers. The Code was developed by the Police and Public Services Section of the BSIA, which includes member companies dedicated to providing support and back-office functions to police and public sector organisations across the UK. Impact on safety and confidence Chairman of the Police and Public Services Section, Dirk Wilson of Sector Security Services Ltd, presented the Code of Practice in a seminar at leading security show, IFSEC International, in June. Commenting on the launch of the Code, Wilson said: “The idea behind having a standard to reduce risk to personnel who search, and to ensure those who search have a real idea that the task is being carried out well and under a set of guidelines both promotes professionalism and confidence. This code is a positive step forward and it is hoped that with further refinement it will be one of the most used standards within the industry which has a direct impact on safety and confidence for us all.” Paul Phillips, Technical Manager at the BSIA, adds: “This Code of Practice will prove invaluable to all individuals and companies responsible for the execution of searches. A major consideration of the publication was to make sure that the searcher and their company avoid situations that could potentially compromise the integrity of their search, while ensuring that respect for the person being searched is maintained throughout. Of course, every search is different, although following the advice in the Code will help to ensure that the search methods used are proportionate to each situation.”
Each chairman guides their section at quarterly meetings and throughout term to improve private security sector on the whole Following its Annual General Meeting which took place on Wednesday 15th July 2015, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has elected chairmen and vice chairmen to serve its sections of membership. “The BSIA is very proud of its membership community, and the great contributions that they make to the private security industry. The development of the private security industry is largely due to its members’ dedication to their work and their commitment to progress the sector,” said James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA. “Each section’s chairman dually serves their member company as well as the Association. They must initiate vital discussions to guide their section at quarterly meetings and throughout their term to improve the private security sector on the whole. The work undertaken by section chairmen and vice chairmen creates new possibilities for their sections and broadens the potential scope that the BSIA has an impact on.” “Chairmen also represent their section on the Association’s Council, which creates the opportunity for every area of membership to engage and be involved with shaping the future of the Association. I would like to take the opportunity to express my gratitude to all previous section chairmen, and extend a warm welcome to each new chairman who will be taking up their new post.” Phil Wright of Brink’s Ltd was also elected at the Association’s AGM to serve as Vice Chair of the Association. Phil will bring a deep knowledge of the security industry from his experience working in secure logistics in both public and private sectors. The new list of section chairmen and vice-chairmen is as follows: BSIA Vice Chairman Phil Wright (Brink’s Ltd) Access and Asset Protection Chairman: Paul Adams (Kaba Ltd) Vice Chairman: Mike Sussman (TDSi Ltd) Asset and Property Marking Chairman: James Brown (Selectamark Security Systems Plc) Vice Chairman: David Northey (Retainagroup Ltd) Cash and Valuables in Transit Chairman: Rob Johnson (Loomis Ltd) Vice Chairman: Phil Wright (Brink’s Ltd) CCTV Chairman: Simon Adcock (ATEC Security Ltd) Vice Chairman: Clifford King (Kings Security Systems Ltd) Export Council Chairman: John Davies (TDSi Ltd) Information Destruction Chairman: Adam Chandler (Shred-on-Site Ltd) Vice Chairman: Simon Franklin (Shred Station Ltd) & Nick Williams (Brinnick Locksmiths) Leisure Industry Security Chairman: Tony Clarke (UK Security Facilities Ltd) Lone Worker Chairman: Craig Swallow (SoloProtect Ltd) Vice Chairman: Ian Johannessen (Rocksure Systems Ltd) Police and Public Services Chairman: Dirk Wilson (Sector Security Services Ltd) Security Equipment Manufacturers Chairman: Adrian Mealing (Texecom) Vice Chairman: Tony Allen (Dycon Ltd) Security Guarding Chairman: Tony Cockcroft (Independent Contractor Ltd) Vice Chairman: Dirk Wilson (Sector Security Services Ltd) Security Systems Chairman: Martin Harvey (Tyco Integrated Fire & Security Ltd) Vice Chairman: Colin Leatherbarrow (Chubb Fire & Security Ltd) Specialist Services Chairman: Mike O’Neill (Mike O’Neill) Vice Chairman: Ian Yexley (UniTrust Protection Services UK Ltd) Vacant Property Protection Chairman: Gideon Reichental (Clearway Environmental Services UK Ltd) Vice Chairman: Darryl Soekoe (Camelot Property Management Ltd) Please note that some sections of membership are yet to hold their AGM, at which section chairmen are newly elected or re-elected, and as such, have not been included in this list.
Visitors to the show have three conference theatres to choose from this year: Keynote and Convergence, Security Solutions and Safe Cities As IFSEC International prepares to return to London’s ExCeL in June, a number of British Security Industry Association (BSIA) representatives are ready to impart advice on a number of industry issues – from city security to access control – as part of the show’s busy educational programme. Visitors to the show have three conference theatres to choose from this year: Keynote and Convergence, Security Solutions and Safe Cities. While UK-based security suppliers are anticipating another successful show as IFSEC returns to London for a second year, several BSIA spokespeople are set to share their knowledge on the following topics: Tuesday 16th June Cyber Security – Confronting Current and Future Threats 11:00, Keynote and Convergence Theatre Mike O’Neill, Managing Director, Optimal Risk Management Ltd and Chairman of the BSIA’s Specialist Services Section, is joined by Dan Solomon, Optimal Risk Management’s Director of Cyber Risk and Security Services, to discuss current and emerging cyber threats and the need for robust countermeasures. This session will also explore the importance of upskilling IT professionals to meet evolving cyber threats. Key Considerations when Choosing a Security Provider 13:00, Security Solutions Theatre Pauline Norstrom, Chief Operating Officer at AD Group Ltd and Chairman of the BSIA, discusses the importance of security market knowledge in the procurement process, answering the crucial question of what is more important, price or quality? Wednesday 17th June Access Control as a Service 11:00, Keynote and Convergence Theatre Paul Adams, Head of Technology and Product Management at BSIA Access Control member company, Kaba Ltd, explores the features and functionalities of Access Control as a Service (ACaaS), including the difference between hosted, managed and hybrid services. Paul will also address the common questions that arise for providers and adopters of ACaaS. The Police and Security Initiative: Collaboration to increase public safety 11:00, Safe Cities Academy Geoff Zeidler, Immediate Past Chair of the BSIA, introduces the Police and Security Initiative and the growing importance of partnerships between business, the police and the private security industry. This session looks at practical measures for improving working relationships, sharing good practice and reducing crime. The Surveillance Camera Code of Practice – Time for Voluntary Adoption? 13:00, Keynote and Convergence Theatre Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter QPM LLB, will be joined by Simon Adcock, Managing Director of ATEC Security and Chairman of the BSIA’s CCTV Section, and Chairman of the BSIA, Pauline Norstrom, to discuss the implications of the Protection of Freedoms Act and the subsequent Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Code of Practice on CCTV owners and operators. CCTV Control Room Compliance 14:00, Security Solutions Theatre Dirk Wilson, Managing Director of Sector Security Services Ltd and Vice Chair of the BSIA’s Police and Public Services Section, introduces the latest updates and revisions to BS7958, the Code of Practice for CCTV management and operation. Providing recommendations on best practice in obtaining reliable information that might be offered as evidence, Dirk will also explore the increasing police and public confidence in the operation and management of CCTV. Security Risk Management Strategies for Safer Cities 15:00, Safe Cities Academy Mike O’Neill, Managing Director of Optimal Risk Management and Chairman of the BSIA’s Specialist Services Section, returns to explore the key risk management strategies that can be adopted to ensure maximum security in today’s increasingly technology-enabled cities. Thursday 18th June Supporting Safe Cities & Major Events – A Code of Practice for security searches 14:00, Safe Cities Academy Dirk Wilson, Managing Director of Sector Security Services Ltd and Vice Chair of the BSIA’s Police and Public Services Section, introduces a new Code of Practice for security searches, exploring lessons learned from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and how these have been adopted by a new set of minimum standards for personnel carrying out security searches with the ultimate goal of ensuring greater police and public confidence in the private security sector and its ability to provide support at major events. Meanwhile, members of the BSIA are welcome to utilise the BSIA’s members’ lounge at IFSEC, free of charge. This can be found on the BSIA’s stand (B1350).