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Chris Hanks to succeed Sir Francis Richards as NSI chairman

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced the name of its future chairman. Chris Hanks will succeed current chairman Sir Francis Richards with effect from November this year.

Following a detailed series of selection interviews, Chris Hanks has been selected to chair the NSI’s Board. Chris has enjoyed a distinguished career in the insurance sector, his most recent appointment being with Allianz Insurance plc.

Hanks began his career as an underwriter in casualty and property insurance, and soon progressed to be UK manager for NEM Insurance. He became head of business units for AGF Insurance Group before promotions took him to the role of general manager for Allianz Insurance’s commercial operations in the UK. Here, he was tasked with responsibility for the profitability, growth, sales and operation of all commercial and engineering business as a member of Allianz UK’s Management Board.

Chris Hanks: the next chairman of the National Security Inspectorate

Chris Hanks: the next chairman of the National Security Inspectorate

Hanks also held the appointments of chairman, Allianz Business Services Ltd and director, Allianz Engineering Ltd. He has served as a Board Committee member for Reinsurance, IT Major Projects, Talent and Risk, as a director at the Chartered Insurance Institute, a Trustee for the Chartered Insurance Institute Pension Fund and chairman at Polaris (UK) Ltd.

A prominent figure within the insurance market, Hanks has been an FSA Approved Person for 15 years and has held executive and representative roles for a number of market bodies (among them the ABI, BIBA, FPA, Polaris and CII). He has a personal passion and commitment around the development of professionalism and talent in industry.

Change and opportunity in the security and fire sectors

On his new appointment at the NSI, Hanks explained: “I’m delighted to be joining the NSI at a time when there is so much change and opportunity in the fire and security sectors. New technology, new regulatory regimes, ever-changing business models and, of course, new standards at the national, European and international levels will set challenges in every area.”

Hanks continued: “I hope that my commercial background and experience within the insurance industry will add significant value to the NSI’s future operations. I also wish to stress the inherent value of sector-specific third party certification to specifiers, procurers, insurers and end users alike. I’m particularly passionate about developing professionalism and talent in industry, and I hope to draw upon my commitment to this during my tenure as chairman of the NSI.”

Jeff Little OBE: CEO at the NSI

Jeff Little OBE: CEO at the NSI

Jeff Little, CEO at the NSI, commented: “These are exciting times for the fire and security sectors. The NSI is adapting to the new business reality of the 21st Century. We look forward to welcoming Chris as we move towards a more risk-based, customer friendly NSI while at the same time continuing to strive for improved standards across both sectors.”

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MITIE launches DeTect systems to reduce false alarm activations by 90%

FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company MITIE has launched DeTect, a range of wireless intruder, fire alarm and visual verification systems for the protection of vacant premises.

Last year, MITIE’s Total Security Management (TSM) business launched its specialist vacant property services. This latest range, which is compliant with EN50131 standards, builds on the offering and offers a means to reduce false alarms and unnecessary call-outs.

The DeTect systems are monitored by MiTec, MITIE TSM’s technology hub, where the operatives view video footage to identify the reason for the activation, ensuring that only real security breaches or emergencies are responded to in due course.

MITIE has launched a range of wireless intruder, fire alarm and visual verification systems for the protection of vacant premises

MITIE has launched a range of wireless intruder, fire alarm and visual verification systems for the protection of vacant premises

MITIE’s national void secure team installs these systems within a few hours. The plug-and-play nature of the solution means that it can be rapidly deployed inside or outside a vacant property, either proactively or reactively to criminal activity.

The systems can also be fitted with flood alarm sensors, in turn providing additional value and protection to clients.

Bob Forsyth: managing director, MITIE Total Security Management (TSM)

Bob Forsyth: managing director, MITIE Total Security Management (TSM)

Powered by long life lithium batteries boasting an average life of four years, any system low battery signals are monitored by MiTec operatives who will arrange an engineer to replenish as and when needed.

Bob Forsyth, managing director at MITIE TSM, commented: “The launch of this range of systems is a great innovation for our clients as well as being a cost-effective and highly efficient way of securing empty properties. The clarity of the footage is top quality and, in some instances, we’ve already provided evidence to the police that has led to convictions.”

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Learn about converged security risks at The Security Institute’s Masterclass

The Security Institute’s next Masterclass will focus on the topic of converged security risk, and explore various high-impact scenarios that can result from advanced and persistent threats.

Taking place between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Tuesday 24 September at The Crystal Building in London (home of Siemens), over the duration of the day dedicated speakers will provide anecdotal evidence about priorities for security measures and approaches to dealing with converged threats.

Confirmed speakers include Mike O’Neill CSyP, Dan Solomon, Azeem Aleem and Peter Fraser-Hopewell.

Mike O'Neill CSyP: key speaker at The Security Institute's Masterclass on convergence

Mike O’Neill CSyP: key speaker at The Security Institute’s Masterclass on convergence

They will illustrate a range of scenarios that best demonstrate converged vulnerabilities or attacks. In a plenary session, attendees will be asked to tackle the implications for security and planning.

The Security Institute’s latest Masterclass will conclude with an interactive Q&A session, in particular designed to consider Best Practice in managing/organising a converged security set-up for both preventative and reactive functions, doctrinal concepts that should be adopted and a methodology for the conduct of appropriate internal security.

Azeem Aleem: expert on cyber threats and defending against them

Azeem Aleem: expert on cyber threats and defending against them

Book your place now

Cost of attendance is £95 for Institute members and £145 non-members.

Date: 24.9.2013
Venue: The Crystal, 1 Siemens, Brothers Way, Royal Victoria Docks, London E16 1AD

Opened in the autumn of 2012, Siemens’ £30 million centre for urban sustainability is located in the Royal Victoria Docks. The Crystal is a striking glass-faceted structure built as a permanent showcase for sustainable technologies and is an excellent conference and seminar venue.

For further information on The Security Institute’s Masterclass contact Vickie Bailiss (events co-ordinator at The Security Institute) on (tel) 08453 707717 or via e-mail: vickie@security-institute.org

To book your place online click here

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Facebook app launched by young developers to help peers apply for apprenticeships

A team consisting of budding developers from Nottingham has created an app to help school and college leavers find an apprenticeship.

The ‘App-renticeships’ app is the winning design selected by judges following a national competition to develop a tool that helps young job seekers improve the quality of their applications to secure an apprenticeship.

Developed by a young team from Nottingham, the app is being launched today (Monday 19 August) on the National Apprenticeship Service’s dedicated Facebook page as part of a drive to encourage more young people to make apprenticeships their first choice after receiving their exam results. It can also be downloaded as a free mobile phone app.

Screen grab of the new app on Facebook

Screen grab of the new app on Facebook

Members of the winning team from Confetti Media Group in Nottingham are all aged between 16 and 24. They’re currently apprentices at Confetti, working in a range of roles including apprentice production runner and IT and technical apprentice.

Back row (L to R): Craig Abrahart (notgoingtouni.co.uk), Jason Holt (CEO, Holts Group of Companies), Carolyn Savage (National Apprenticeship Service). Front row (L to R): Matt Truslove, James Warkwick, Emma Jesson and Daniel Munro from Confetti Media Group, Nottingham

Back row (Left to Right): Craig Abrahart (notgoingtouni.co.uk), Jason Holt (CEO, Holts Group of Companies) and Carolyn Savage (National Apprenticeship Service). Front row (Left to Right): Matt Truslove, James Warkwick, Emma Jesson and Daniel Munro from Confetti Media Group, Nottingham

They fought off teams from around the country to develop their app, which offers a range of CV advice, Case Study videos and a search tool to help find an apprenticeship.

The team members will be attending the National Careers Service Roadshow in Nottingham today in order to promote the app launch.

The total funds the team received to produce the app was £13,000 (£3,000 for the beta version and a further £10,000 for the final app).

Other resources launched by the National Apprenticeship Service

There have been other resources launched by the National Apprenticeship Service over the examination results period:
• On apprentice.tv, a host of information films and guidance on ‘How to apply for an apprenticeship,’ a guide to Higher Apprenticeships and the new ‘How to make a flying start to your apprenticeship’
• An online ‘Apprentice Support Pack’ featuring hints and advice on starting an apprenticeship

Alison Whitlock, head of apprenticeships at the Confetti Media Group, said: “I’m absolutely delighted for the team and very proud of their achievement. It’s a brilliant user-friendly tool designed by young people with their peers in mind. We’re very excited about its launch today, and we’re also looking forward to the response it receives.”

Pictured at this morning's launch (left to right): James Warkwick, Daniel Munro, Matt Truslove, and Emma Jesson

Pictured at this morning’s launch (left to right): James Warkwick, Daniel Munro, Matt Truslove and Emma Jesson

Jaine Bolton, director at the National Apprenticeship Service, added: “The judges were all impressed by the standard of the applications received in the Facebook competition. It’s clear how much thought and hard work had gone into creating the final app, which really is a winning design created by young people who have been in the same position as those they have created it for. It looks great, is easy to use and will hopefully help young job seekers get the results they are looking for in securing them an apprenticeship.”

David Way, executive director of the National Apprenticeship Service, commented: “Apprenticeships are fast becoming the first choice for many young people as they offer a way to earn while you learn. It’s great to see that parents are also backing apprenticeships for their own children. We need as many employers as possible to offer apprenticeships and see how hiring an apprentice can help them grow their own talent.”

This news comes as the 100 in 100 campaign for 2013 (designed to create new apprenticeships in the security sector) continues to gather momentum.

To help young people access impartial and independent advice, the National Careers Service and National Apprenticeship Service are running a special #ResultsAdvice service on Twitter and Facebook until 29 August in order to give young people the opportunity to ask questions about their exam results, apprenticeships and wider career options.

The National Careers Service can also be contacted free on 0800 100 900 from 8.00 am-10.00 pm or go online for information and advice or to talk to an adviser via webchat. The young people’s section has lots of useful information to help them reach decisions about their future.

Notes
1 Between 3-11 May 2013, the ICM interviewed 1,000 parents of 14-24 year olds from England. The percentages refer to parents who would ‘definitely’ (36%) or ‘maybe’ (46%) “recommend an apprenticeship as a career route for your child(ren).”

2 Percentages refer to all those saying they would ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ like to do an Apprenticeship if one were available.

3 http://notgoingtouniblog.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/employers-and-students-say-university-is-no-longer-the-best-post-school-option/

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