Jane Farrell, Head of Security, Sodexo for UK & Ireland, was unanimously elected Chairman of the longest established security trade association at the recent meeting of the IPSA International Council in London and the 27th July 2017. Farrell has been working as the Deputy Chairman since 2014. Justin Bentley, IPSA CEO said, “I am delighted that Jane has been elected as Chairman of the Association. She has been steadily increasing her involvement in the Association since joining, and her familiarity with both the Association and the security industry make her the perfect person to keep the Association moving forward. Her vast experience in training and quality fit perfectly with the ethos of the Association.” Bentley went on to say “On the 11th September, the Association will be holding its Annual General Meeting combined with a conference and networking luncheon at BMA House, Tavistock Square, London. This event, will be a great opportunity for attendees to meet the new Chairman and hear about her vision for IPSA.” Changes in IPSA Jane Farrell has been leading exciting new changes within IPSA along with the elected members of the Management Board and the International Council since March of this year when the former Chairman, Stuart Naisbett resigned due to personal commitments. Most of these changes will be revealed at the AGM in September. When asked how she felt about the new appointment Farrell said. "Following two years as Deputy Chairman of IPSA, I am delighted to accept the post of Chairman of the Association, a position that I will fulfil to the best of my ability. I am proud to be the first woman to lead the Association in its 59-year history and look forward to working with the management board, International Council and other industry bodies to expand the benefits of belonging to IPSA to our members.”
Tavcom offers courses to meet the training requirements of security professionals at all levels Tavcom, the world’s leading provider of accredited security systems training, is offering all IPSA members a 15% discount on its internationally accredited and recognised BTEC classroom, workshop and online training courses. IPSA IPSA ( International Professional Security Association) is a membership body which was formed over 50 years ago to ensure professionalism in the management of security operations. It operates within the framework of fourteen regions which includes many overseas countries. It offers membership to those employed in industrial or commercial security and to those companies who supply services or materials used in connection with industrial or commercial security. “I know that IPSA members are always looking to enhance their professional development and take on board career enhancing knowledge and qualifications,” said Mr Justin Bentley, Chief Executive Officer of IPSA. “I am therefore delighted that we have been able to negotiate this substantial discount on Tavcom accredited courses and I would encourage all our members to take a close look at the Tavcom Prospectus which can be viewed at www.tavcom.com.” Over 70 regularly scheduled training courses Part of the Linx International Group, Tavcom offers courses to meet the training requirements of security professionals at all levels, from foundation courses for those with little or no previous experience, to highly advanced programmes for security managers and company executives. In total, Tavcom currently offer over 70 regularly scheduled training courses ranging from one day seminars, to five day fully residential programmes. Tavcom’s workshops in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire provide unrivalled ‘hands-on’ facilities which offer immediate opportunities to put theory into practice – a Tavcom tradition of blended learning that has refined the knowledge and skills of thousands of delegates for over 20 years. At your own pace and in your own time The Tavcom tutored supported online e-learning courses are intended to offer a practical alternative to traditional classroom style courses and will allow IPSA members to acquire new skill sets without having to come ‘off the road’.
MoU to serve as a foundation for developing staff in areas of security both on local & international levels The International Professional Security Association (IPSA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dubai Police Academy about cooperation with and support for the International Centre for Security and Safety (ICSS) which is part of the Academy. Major General Dr Mohammad Ahmed Bin Fahad, the Dubai Police Assistant Commander for Academic Affairs & Training, and Mr Mike White, Chairman of IPSA signed the agreement at Haberdashers' Hall in London during a celebration hosted by City and Guilds to celebrate 40,000 candidates achieving C&G qualifications at ICSS. Foundation of cooperation & communication The MoU has been put in place as a foundation for cooperation and communication between the two bodies with the aim of developing and refining the expertise of staff in the areas of security, both on local and international levels, and raising the standards of the security profession through training and education. Additionally the agreement makes provision for support and consulting in the area of security, the recognition of the quality training program, and opportunities for organising learning and development opportunities such as events, exhibitions and further security courses. Maj. Gen. Dr. Mohammad A. Bin Fahad said “The activation of international partnerships with prestigious security institutions to implement professional programs, is a directive of His Excellency Major General Khamis Mattar, the Commander in Chief of Dubai Police, and provides an academic contribution to the continued hard work and the quest to improve security work to global levels, to keep pace with the comprehensive cultural renaissance that is taking place in the state at all levels, in order to establish security and stability and trust in the community of the United Arab Emirates, and in order to achieve the objectives of the overall strategy for Dubai Police of the Ministry of the Interior.” Mr Justin Bentley, Chief Executive Officer of IPSA, welcomed the MoU saying “We are always seeking opportunities to contribute to professionalism in the security industry, and put our full support behind the work being done by the ICSS in Dubai. We look forward to working with them on providing opportunities for their students to increase their knowledge of best practice in the security industry.” Further professionalism in security Mr Michael White, Chairman of IPSA, commented “This is a significant moment for IPSA. We are very proud to be associated with the Dubai Police Academy and to have the opportunity to build on the outstanding results achieved by City and Guilds and to be able to work with our new partners to further professionalism in security.”