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PTSD Resolution organises ‘Shell Shock Walk’ for Forces’ veterans mental health

PTSD Resolution – the charitable organisation looking after the mental health of forces’ veterans, reservists and their families – is organising the third annual ‘Shell Shock Walk’ in London on Saturday 14 September. The walk from Wandsworth Bridge to Tower Bridge is over eight miles and starts at 1.30 pm. Further details are available online at www.ptsdresolution.org/shellshockwalk.php.

PTSD Resolution works closely with ASIS UK and other security associations because of the number of forces veterans that work in the industry. Some may have experienced and still suffer from the symptoms of trauma from earlier military service. The charity can also help where there has been a more recent traumatic incident during the course of current employment.

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The charity delivers the TATE Programme (short for Trauma Awareness Training for Employers), a half-day course for security line managers and HR personnel to enable them to recognise the symptoms of trauma in staff and then signpost help.

The 2019 walk is to highlight the issues of veterans’ mental health resulting from military trauma and to raise funds for therapy by PTSD Resolution, which provides free treatment to veterans through a network of 200 therapists nationwide.

In 2019, many veterans are still suffering from the impact of trauma without effective treatment. That’s now over 100 years after the end of World War I, whose mental health casualties are commemorated in the charity walk.

Tragically, many of the victims of shell shock were court-martialled during WW1. Their diagnosis of shell shock was not considered an admissible defence. The Battle of the Somme alone created 60,000 casualties of shell shock – a figure unmatched by any other battle in British military history.

In its aftermath, the Royal Army Medical Corps was actually banned from using the term shell shock.

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Sarah Hayward-Turton promoted to role of director of sales and marketing at Linx International Group

Linx International Group, the global provider of security, risk management, consultancy and training services, has announced the promotion of Sarah Hayward-Turton to the role of director of sales and marketing for constituent companies Tavcom Training, PerpetuityARC Training and the Linx Consultancy. 

Joining the Linx International Group in 2014 as client relationship manager, Hayward-Turton was leading the sales team within two years and now takes the lead as director of sales and marketing. Her dedication to the security industry sees Hayward-Turton taking an active role in supporting the work of ASIS UK’s Young Professionals, an initiative that supports security professionals under the age of 40 and with less than five years’ experience in the industry. Hayward-Turton has also successfully completed PerpetuityARC’s Security Co-ordination and Management BTEC Level 4 course.

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Sarah Hayward-Turton

“This year, not only are we continuing to develop highly relevant courses and pioneering how they’re delivered in the classroom and through e-learning, but also expanding our global presence for training and consultancy,” stated Hayward-Turton in conversation with Risk Xtra.

Ciaran Barry, director of Linx International Group operations, added: “Through our training businesses, we’re wholly dedicated to nurturing and developing talent in the security industry. Sarah’s career trajectory at the Linx International Group is a great example of us practising what we preach.”

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Security industry professionals determine to support Armed Forces veterans

Security industry professional associations are convening at a fundraising reception on Tuesday 13 November from 6.00 pm in support of UK Armed Forces veterans suffering from mental health issues caused by military trauma.

The reception at The Crick Institute in central London will raise funds for charity PTSD Resolution, which provides free treatment to former members of the Armed Forces and their families through a national network of therapists with a near 80% success rate.

Tickets for the event are available from ASIS online. The cost includes drinks, canapés, entertainment and a raffle. The event is organised by ASIS UK with support from the Association of Security Consultants, the International Professional Security Association, the National Association for Healthcare Security and the Spitalfields Security Forum.

David Clark, chairman of ASIS UK, commented: “I would like to thank our fellow Security Commonwealth members for joining with us in this initiative. With so many veterans working in the security industry, it’s important that we, as responsible employers and line managers, recognise their contribution and support them in resolving the effects of trauma experienced now and sustained during their former military careers.”

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Clark added: “PTSD Resolution has a longstanding partnership with the security industry as a provider of therapy that’s free, effective and locally available, not only to veterans but also their families. It’s fitting that, at this time and very soon after Remembrance Day, we should reflect on the contribution of veterans still with us and join together as an industry in supporting the effective therapy available.”

PTSD Resolution’s director Patrick Rea responded: “The symptoms of military trauma can result in family breakdown, job loss, addiction and suicide. Veterans or family members who believe that they may be suffering from the symptoms of trauma should seek help immediately.”

Key features of the service available through PTSD Resolution include the following:

*Free help for Vetverans and family members suffering mental health issues

*Confidential (no GP referral is needed)

*Local help through a UK network of therapists

*Fast treatment (usually with resolution in an average of five sessions)

*First session is booked often in days

*Compassionate: veterans do not have to talk about the events that have led to their mental trauma

*Transparent (with results monitored and reported)

For further information access www.ptsdresolution.org

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PerpetuityARC Training associate Paul Barker made life member of ASIS International and life CPP

PerpetuityARC Training, which is part of the Linx International Group, has announced that associate trainer Paul Barker has been made a life member of ASIS International and a life CPP. The accolade acknowledges Barker’s significant contribution to the international success of ASIS International’s Certified Protection Professional qualification.

In 1993, Barker became the third security professional in the UK to be awarded the CPP qualification. Two years later, he was instrumental in expanding the course in the UK by enabling the examination to be taken outside of the US for the first time.

As an ASIS training officer, Barker delivered two courses per year, and in just three years CPP numbers in the UK rose to 94. This resulted in Barker being presented with the inaugural Mervyn David Award by the UK Chapter of ASIS International.

Today, ASIS International is the world’s largest association of security management professionals. PerpetuityARC Training is proud to be a long-standing ASIS education partner. The company recently revealed that 98% of security professionals choosing its courses to train for their ASIS Physical Security Professional (PSP) and CPP qualifications in 2018 passed their examinations at the first attempt.

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Paul Barker (left) receives his recognition certificate from David Clark CPP PSP PCI (chairman of ASIS UK)

Explaining the reasons for PerpetuityARC Training’s success, Barker said: “The courses are very well developed and expertly delivered in a manner that enables learners to retain the volumes of data and apply it to the examination. The material is extremely comprehensive and ties-in perfectly with the recommended reading for the exam.”

Ciaran Barry, director of Group operations at the Linx International Group, stated: “Paul’s contribution to the training continues to be exemplary and we’re proud to have him as an important part of the PerpetuityARC Training team. He continues a long tradition of teaching security professionals to the highest standards, helping them attain meaningful qualifications that advance their careers.”

In addition to the ASIS training programmes, Barker also delivers the IQ Level 4 course ‘Managing Security Risks in the Oil and Gas Sector’. This programme is designed for professionals in the extraction, energy, exploration and production industries. Barker’s background in strategic security management at one of the world’s largest oil companies stands him in good stead as the Linx International Group’s subject matter expert in this particular field.

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Professor Martin Gill CSyP wins 2016 Imbert Prize bestowed by ASC

Professor Martin Gill CSyP, director of Perpetuity Research and founder of the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs), has won the prestigious Imbert Prize bestowed by the Association of Security Consultants (ASC). The winner of the Associations segment of the annual Imbert Prize was announced at CONSEC 2016, which took place at the London Heathrow Marriott Hotel.

The Associations Prize is awarded to an individual in recognition of his or her demonstrably significant contribution to the security business sector across the previous year, with nominations made by ASIS UK, the British Security Industry Association, the International Professional Security Association and The Security Institute and adjudged by the ASC’s own Awards Panel.

The Imbert Prize itself highlights the ASC’s mission to encourage the advancement and professional development of the disciplines of risk and security management within the UK. The prize is named in honour of Lord Peter Imbert, former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service and Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, who has been a prominent figure in security and policing for many years now.

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This award comes hot on the heels of Professor Gill receiving The ASIS President’s Award for Merit. This was awarded to Gill at ASIS International’s 62nd Annual Seminar and Exhibits (otherwise known as ‘ASIS 2016’), which ran in Orlando from 12–15 September. Gill received this particular award for his demonstrated dedication to the field of security and his assistance in advancing the profession as a whole, highlighted through his work in the field of security education, his service on the Board of the ASIS Foundation and the development and implementation of the aforementioned OSPAs.

Referencing this duo of prestigious honours, Gill told Risk UK: “To me, it’s the ultimate accolade to be recognised by your peers, and I’m both extremely grateful and humbled by the honour. I’m acutely aware of how many deserving people there are out there in security undertaking excellent work which is often unheralded. It’s ironic that I receive two prestigious awards when one of my main commitments is to recognise the truly deserving security people around the world via the OSPAs (www.theospas.com). I would like to thank all those people who continue to support me and my work.”

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Imbert Prize 2013: Don Randall MBE wins Security Associations’ Award

The Security Associations’ Award element of the Association of Security Consultants’ (ASC) annual Imbert Prize is presented to the person making the most notable contribution in the security industry in the preceding year, with nominees being put forward by ASIS UK, the BSIA, the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) and The Security Institute.

This year witnessed nominations for two outstanding candidates who had, in their own right, made significant but differing contributions to the security industry as a whole, not just in the previous year but also throughout the recent past.

Don Randall MBE was nominated by ASIS UK for his fantastic work in promoting security generally, not only within the City of London but more nationally as the chairman and driving force behind Project Griffin, founder of the Safer Buildings Accreditation Scheme and various other security related initiatives and appointments.

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Don Randall MBE (left) and Mike Alexander

Baroness Ruth Henig CBE DL was nominated by the BSIA, IPSA and The Security Institute for her significant contribution to the industry as the former chairman of the Security Industry Authority. The Baroness enabled the industry as a whole to bring pressure to bear in ensuring a new, fit-for-purpose regulatory regime.

The ASC’s Imbert Prize Adjudication Panel members recognised the exceptional contributions that both nominees have made and felt that both should be formerly rewarded for their efforts.

Accordingly, it was decided that both Don Randall MBE and Baroness Ruth Henig CBE should be joint recipients of the Security Associations’ Award for 2013.

Left to Right: Graham Bassett, Don Randall MBE, Mike Alexander and Mike Hurst

Left to Right: Graham Bassett, Don Randall MBE, Mike Alexander and Mike Hurst

Unfortunately, Don Randall was unable to attend the Awards Luncheon due to an overseas business appointment. That being the case Mike Alexander, current chairman of ASIS UK, accepted the award on Don’s behalf on the day of the Awards Luncheon.

Upon Don’s return to the UK, Mike Alexander (along with ASIS UK vice-chairmen Graham Bassett and Mike Hurst, ASIS UK’s director of strategy) presented Don with his award at the Bank of England.

This is the third year in succession that the ASIS nominee has won the Security Associations’ Award.

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Dr Peter Speight is first to gain CSyP via ASIS UK route

Earlier this month, Dr Peter Speight CSyP became the first person to gain admittance to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals via the ASIS UK route.

ASIS International’s UK Chapter held its Summer Meeting in central London on 12 June, the event being attended by 147 members and guests.

At that gathering, Dr Peter Speight CSyP – director of security risk management at Securitas Security Services UK – became the first person to gain admittance to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals via the ASIS UK route.

Peter received his CSyP tie and lapel pin from Sharon Williams CSyP, who is the ASIS UK Chapter’s representative on the Chartered Security Professionals Registration Authority.

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Dr Peter Speight CSyP

This development is very significant because, although there are already 15 ASIS members who have achieved CSyP status (about a third of the total cohort to date), Peter is the first to achieve this via ASIS UK (who became the second licensee of the register earlier this year alongside The Security Institute).

Most of the ASIS CSyPs also hold the CPP certification, which further demonstrates the value of CPP.

If you’re interested in becoming a CSyP, please contact the ASIS UK office via e-mail at: info@asis.org.uk

Why Security Fails

On Wednesday of this week, Peter Speight took part in a live Audio Show hosted by http://www.IFSECGlobal.com in which he discussed ‘Why Security Fails’ – the subject of his 2012 book of the same name – with Brian Sims, UBM Live’s media solutions manager across the company’s security and fire portfolio.

If you missed the broadcast you can register to view retrospectively.

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