The ASIS International UK Chapter has expanded its Management Committee to include three new members – all of them highly qualified, senior level security professionals.
The new members of the Management Committe are Dawn Holmes CPP (Bank of America), Dr Peter Speight CSyP (Securitas) and Dr Michael McDonagh (group head of operational security and intelligence, Prudential Plc).
Their appointment strengthens the existing and hard-working Management Committee and will enable the UK Chapter to support the expanding membership while continuing its significant and positive influence across the UK security profession.
Dr Michael McDonagh
In June 2013, Michael joined Prudential Plc as group head of operational security and intelligence after a highly successful career in the Metropolitan Police Service as a Detective Chief Superintendent where he was the commanding officer of the only dedicated Counter-Terrorism Protective Security Command in the UK.
Michael brings to Prudential a wealth of experience, having served with the Homicide Command, Covert Policing, Specialist Crime Intelligence and Child Protection.
Prior to his policing career, Michael served with the Royal Engineers and Trust House Forte.
Michael has wide-ranging overseas experience in leading national, international intelligence operations, counter-terrorism protective security projects and serious and organised crime investigations.
He served as the senior national protective security liaison officer for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and was responsible for providing critical protective security advice on all matters of physical, personal and political security issues.
Michael’s doctorate studies explored the use of counter-terrorism law across the communities of the Capital.
Additionally, Michael holds a Masters Degree in Business Management, is a Freeman of the City of London, a nationally qualified counter-terrorism security co-ordinator and a member of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals.
Michael has recently joined ASIS and is keen to be involved in its strategic impact across the security environment.
Dr Peter Speight CSyP DBA MPhil MSc PgD MIRM
Peter worked in the chemical and pharmaceuticals sector for 20 years, both in Health and Safety roles and as group security manager at Allied Colloids in Bradford, West Yorkshire, but with worldwide responsibilities.
In 1998, Peter worked at the BBC as a security risk management consultant before accepting the position as head of security operations for BBC London – a post that involved investigations, the development of security polices and procedures and managing physical security arrangements.
In 2000, he joined Future Risk Management (an international risk management company) where he worked as global operations director for its risk management consultancy division.
Then, in 2001, Peter joined Reliance Security Services as director of its Remote Monitoring Centre and was responsible for the development of the strategic business plan and research proposal to build a state-of-the-art Alarm Receiving Centre.
Peter designed and implemented a new BS 5979, BS 8418 Category 11 Surveillance Centre to facilitate CCTV video/alarm signals via IP software.
In 2005 he joined the Reliance High-Tech Board of Directors and took responsibility for client consultancy as well as risk-basedintegrated solutions.
In 2007, Peter joined the Perpetuity Group as head of consultancy reporting to Professor Martin Gill. Here, his duties and responsibilities included full P&L management and supporting client governance, risk and security needs.
Peter rejoined Reliance Security Services in 2009 as director of security risk management, supporting internal strategic planning and risk-driven customer support.
Peter holds a Doctorate in Security Risk and Crisis Management, an MSc in Security Risk Management and an MSc in Security Management.
Peter has had several articles published on security subjects within the Journal of Applied Security Research and professional trade magazines, and is a visiting lecture at various universities.
Peter has recently published his first book entitled ‘Why Security Fails’.
Dawn Holmes CPP MSc BA MSyI
Dawn Holmes is vice-president of protective services and regional manager (Europe/CEEMEA) at Bank of America.
Dawn has been working in the security industry for over 13 years, predominantly in corporate security and specialising in physical security with an interest in CPTED.
Dawn has worked at The Boots Company, Britannia Building Society and Experian and has experience of delivering security solutions around the world.
Dawn is passionate about this industry and championing the importance of education in increasing the profile of those involved in security.
Having worked with some fantastic bosses and others who are not so supportive, Dawn understands that there can sometimes be the need for additional support for women looking to make a career in security.
Dawn’s excited about taking this to the next level and working with other women in the industry and offering the necessary support.
Industry and Parliament Trust – ASIS involvement
The ASIS UK Chapter has recently been elected as a supporter of the Industry and Parliament Trust – an independent, non-lobbying, non-partisan charity that provides a trusted platform of engagement between Parliament and UK business.
ASIS International covers a global community of more than 38,000 security practitioners, each of whom has a role in the protection of assets, people, property and/or information.
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