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SecuriGroup Forum focuses on the future for regulation

On Wednesday 24 July, SecuriGroup – the Glasgow-based security solutions provider – held a Forum at which Baroness Ruth Henig CBE gave a timely speech on the future landscape for regulation.

As a company, SecuriGroup has always been at the forefront of the regulatory agenda and, in 2009, won the ACS Champion of the Year category at the Security Excellence Awards.

Only recently, chairman John Malcolm QPM and managing director Russel Kerr asked Baroness Ruth Henig CBE – former chairman of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) – to join the Board, and it was in her capacity as a Board director that the Baroness addressed a gathering of company representatives and key customers at SecuriGroup’s Bath Street headquarters in Glasgow.

Baroness Ruth Henig CBE: now working with SecuriGroup

Baroness Ruth Henig CBE: now working with SecuriGroup

The Baroness began her address on the future roadmap for private sector security regulation by stating that SecuriGroup “embraces all of the values” the Regulator wants to see in security companies. The Baroness also expressed delight that SecuriGroup is progressing extremely well with its business not just north of the border but also in the South East of England.

Of course, licensing via the SIA was first introduced in Scotland back in 2007, and the remit then was really all about licensing the individual. “To be really effective, though,” stated the Baroness, “licensing needs to be focused on businesses.” This, of course, is why the next phase of regulation – the ‘new regulatory regime’ that has still to emerge – will do just that.

SecuriGroup's chairman John Malcolm QPM

SecuriGroup’s chairman John Malcolm QPM

With over 800 responses received to the recent consultation on the future for regulation, the Government has promised further legislation with a slated appearance of this coming October. When that legislation does appear, Baroness Henig is adamant that we’ll need to “see sanctions and penalties for those companies who don’t co-operate” [with the new rules].

Reflecting on proposed regulatory change in the security sector, the Baroness continued: “Companies like SecuriGroup will have everything to gain and nothing to lose as a result of the forthcoming changes. It will now be much easier to crackdown on non-conformant companies.”

In terms of how top end security companies like SecuriGroup might be able to differentiate themselves under the new regime, there has of course been talk of a Hallmark-style scheme being introduced. “This is going to be an important area for development over the next few months,” commented the Baroness.

Russel Kerr: managing director at SecuriGroup

Russel Kerr: managing director at SecuriGroup

Experience of policing and security

Baroness Henig CBE is particularly well qualified to advise SecuriGroup and its customer base on the future regulation roadmap. Chairman of the Lancashire Police Authority from 1995-2005, the Baroness also served as chairman of the Association of Police Authorities between 1997-2005, eventually becoming president.

The Baroness was a member of the National Criminal Justice Board from 2003-2005, receiving her CBE from Her Majesty The Queen in 2000 for services to policing.

Made a Life Peer in 2004 by (then) Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Baroness was appointed chairman of the Security Industry Authority in 2006, and served in that role for six years.

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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.

Don Randall MBE (left) and Mike Alexander

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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2013 Imbert Prize accolade for Baroness Ruth Henig CBE

SecuriGroup director Baroness Ruth Henig CBE recently received another impressive accolade in an increasing list of awards.

The Association of Security Consultants’ (ASC) Security Associations’ Award (part of the Imbert Prize named after Peter Imbert – the former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service and the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London) is presented annually to the person deemed to have made the most notable contribution in the security industry in the preceding year.

Nominations for the accolade are made by four of the leading professional bodies of the security industry and judged by the ASC’s awarding panel.

This year, the panel decided that two candidates should jointly receive the award for their exceptional contributions to the security industry. Baroness Ruth Henig CBE shares the honours with Don Randall MBE, head of security at the Bank of England.

It was judged that Baroness Henig’s significant contribution to the industry as chairman of the Security Industry Authority in overseeing the Government’s move towards a new, fit-for-purpose regulatory regime made her an outstanding candidate.

Baroness Ruth Henig CBE: winner of the 2013 Imbert Prize

Baroness Ruth Henig CBE: winner of the 2013 Imbert Prize

Nominated by three of the leading professional bodies, Baroness Henig described the award as “a great honour”. The former SIA chairman was particularly pleased to have won the support of The Security Institute, the British Security Industry Association and the International Professional Security Association.

As the SIA’s chairman between 2007 and 2013, Baroness Henig worked tirelessly to ensure that the Regulator both operated as an efficient and effective organisation and that it had the full support – as far as possible – of the industry at large.

Baroness Henig continues to work to drive up standards across the industry by helping build a strong and unified voice that can lobby Government, and also serves as a non-executive director with the multiple award-winning security company SecuriGroup.

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2013 Imbert Prize awarded to Iain Gibson at ASC Annual Luncheon

The Association of Security Consultants (ASC) held its Annual Awards Luncheon for 2013 at the RAF Club, London on 13 June with support and sponsorship from Samsung Techwin.

ASC chairman Allan Hildage presided and two of the ASC Patrons, Lord Peter Imbert and Lord James Bethell, were in attendance.

An extremely thought-provoking after luncheon speech on the Prohibition of Illegal Drugs was given by Tom Lloyd QPM MA (Oxon), international drugs policy advisor and former chief constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, that was well-received by the hundred-plus members and guests in attendance on the day.

Allan Hildage: chairman of the ASC

Allan Hildage: chairman of the ASC

As part of its professional development programme, the ASC wishes to encourage the promotion of ideas for the advancement of risk and security management in the UK through the award of an annual prize. Named after Lord Peter Imbert, former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, the Imbert Prize comprises of three separate awards.

The University Dissertation Award

The University Dissertation Award includes a prize of £1,000 for a selected dissertation submitted by an academic institution.

Cranfield, Leicester, Loughborough and Portsmouth Universities were invited to submit one of their students’ dissertations, which must be relevant to consultancy in security.

The dissertations were submitted to an award panel appointed by the ASC. The award panel was independent of any institution submitting dissertations and was made up of members appointed by the chairman of the ASC, the ASC Board and such other members required for the purpose of adjudication.

As in previous years, the standard of submissions was excellent and made the adjudication very difficult (as stated by Lord Imbert when making the Awards and commending all the finalists for their efforts).

This year’s finalists were as follows:

Christine Boseley, University of Portsmouth: ‘Workplace Violence in Healthcare’

Christopher Newman, Loughborough University: ‘Countering Maritime Piracy in the 21st Century’

David Paterson, Leicester University: ‘Is there a link between staff satisfaction and the level of shrinkage with a retail store?’

Iain Gibson, Cranfield University: ‘The Effects of Regulation on the International Private Security Industry’

After much deliberation and consideration the panel decided that this year’s winner of the Imbert Prize for the University Dissertation Award is Iain Gibson from Cranfield University.

The Security Associations’ Award

The Security Associations’ Award is presented to the person making the most notable contribution in the security industry in the preceding year, with nominations submitted by ASIS, the BSIA, IPSA and The Security Institute and judged by the ASC Award Panel.

This year saw 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 for his work in promoting security generally, not only within the City of London but also 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.

Don Randall MBE

Don Randall MBE

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 in overseeing particularly difficult times and enabling the industry as a whole to bring pressure to ensure a new fit-for-purpose regulatory regime.

As a previous chairman and president of the Police Association Authorities and other police and security-related appointments, Baroness Henig was also a very worthy nominee.

Baroness Ruth Henig CBE DL at an NSI Awards Ceremony in 2012

Baroness Ruth Henig CBE DL at an NSI Awards Ceremony in 2012

The adjudication panel recognised the exceptional contribution that both nominees had made and felt that both should be formerly rewarded for their efforts.

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

Unfortunately, Don Randall was unable to attend the Awards Luncheon. Mike Alexander, the chairman of ASIS UK, accepted the award on his behalf.

The Association of Security Consultants Award

The ASC Award is presented to the ASC member who has made the most significant contribution to independent security consultancy in the preceding year. It is nominated by the members of the ASC, as adjudged by the ASC Awards Panel.

Chris Roberts, a long-standing ASC Board Member and Treasurer was nominated for his efforts and support in helping to drive the ASC forward.

Mike Bluestone CSyP, an Associate member, was nominated for his overall efforts in promoting the ASC and security consultancy as a whole through his former appointment as chairman of The Security Institute.

Mike Bluestone CSyP

Mike Bluestone CSyP

Again the Panel decided that both nominees should be formerly recognised for their respective contributions. Accordingly, Chris Roberts and Mike Bluestone jointly received the ASC Award for 2013.

The Awards Luncheon was concluded by the ASC chairman thanking all concerned and involved for making the event such a success.

The 2014 ASC Awards Luncheon will be held at the RAF Club on Thursday 26 June 2014 where it will additionally be hosting the Women in Security Awards.

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BSIA appoints Baroness Ruth Henig as special advisor on regulatory change

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Baroness Ruth Henig as the Association’s special advisor on regulatory change.

Working alongside the BSIA’s leadership, the former Security Industry Authority chairman will support the Association’s active public affairs programme to represent the interests of the BSIA and its members in Parliament as well as at industry events (including IFSEC International and the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon).

Baroness Ruth Henig

Baroness Ruth Henig

Reinforcing the importance of primary legislation to support the Government’s proposals for a new ‘lighter touch’ regulatory regime – which is set to include business licensing alongside individual registration – is a key priority for the Association, and this will be one area in which Baroness Henig’s influence will benefit BSIA members.

Advancing the cause of primary legislation

“Advancing the cause of primary legislation within Parliament is an essential role for the BSIA as we continue to support our members and ensure the development of a new regulatory regime that’s fully reflective of the industry’s needs,” explained James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA.

In addition to the work on regulation, Baroness Henig will be an active participant in the Association’s Parliamentary roundtable programme which generates a lively debate on the topic of private security involvement in the delivery of outsourced police support services.

Kelly continued: “Baroness Henig brings with her a wealth of expertise from six years at the Security Industry Authority, as well as a long and well-respected background in policing and local Government. As we move towards a new era of industry regulation, our Association and its members will benefit significantly from her advice and support.”

Speaking about this new role, Baroness Henig said: “I am very much looking forward to working with the BSIA to shape the development of the new regulatory regime for private security. In particular, it will be important to ensure that the needs of all businesses in the private security sector are fully taken into account by those who are framing the new legislation and regulations in Parliament.”

Visitors to the BSIA’s Networking Luncheon, to be held at IFSEC International next week, will be able to meet Baroness Henig who will be attending the event as the Association’s special guest.

Existing Association members can register to attend by following this link: http://eepurl.com/x3xV9

Non-BSIA members are also welcome to attend, and can register online by following this link: http://eepurl.com/x3BVD

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