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Nominations open for George van Schalkwyk Award

The George van Schalkwyk Trophy is awarded annually to The Security Institute member making a significant contribution to security professionalism. Nominations are now open for members who made a significant contribution in 2015.

The Security Institute looking for names of members who have ‘made a difference’. It could be for inspirational leadership, someone who has introduced something new and beneficial or just sheer hard work and commitment to a cause which has made a difference to others in the security business sector.

George van Schalkwyk was an Institute member who was tragically killed in a helicopter accident in Afghanistan back in 2006. The George van Schalkwyk Award is bestowed in his memory and generously sponsored by Bruce Braes of SSSI in Australia. Recipients receive a special trophy along with a commemorative certificate.

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Previous winners of the George van Schalkwyk Award have been Di Thomas MSyI, Mike Bluestone CSyP FSyI, David Gill CSyP FSyI (in the year that Risk UK’s Editor Brian Sims Hon FSyI was a runner-up), Ken Livingstone FSyI, Bill Wyllie CSyP FSyI, John Allan FSyI and Stewart Kidd CSyP FSyI. 

How to nominate

Send an e-mail to Carol Douthwaite (office and administration manager at The Security Institute (carol@security-institute.org) including the name of the person you believe deserves recognition, along with 50-70 words describing what they have contributed to the security world in 2015.

Closing date for entries is Tuesday 15 March 2016

There will then be an online vote by the membership the following week, and the George van Schalkwyk Award will be presented at The Security Institute’s 2016 AGM to be held in central London on Tuesday 12 April.

All grades of membership are eligible for the George van Schalkwyk Award.

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Mike Bluestone CSyP wins 2013 George van Schalkwyk Award

The Security Institute has announced that immediate past-chairman Mike Bluestone MA CSyP FSyI is this year’s winner of the George van Schalkwyk Award.

Mike Bluestone, who was nominated jointly by Institute directors Andrew Nicholls and Mike Hurst, joined The Security Institute in 1999, and spent several years on the Validation Board before becoming chairman in March 2009.

During his four years at the helm, Mike supported the introduction of student membership, Continuing Professional Development and the Institute’s mentoring programme, as well as being instrumental in the development and launch of the Register of Chartered Security Professionals.

Mike Bluestone MA CSyP FSyI

Mike Bluestone MA CSyP FSyI

Comments from the 2013 winner

Speaking about this accolade, Bluestone commented: “I’m deeply honoured and humbled to receive this very special award. The Security Institute has been part of my DNA since I joined in 1999 as member No 20, and I will continue to do my bit as a vice-president. I had the honour of setting up the Remembrance Lecture during my tenure.”

Mike is director of consulting at Corps Security, and is the first to acknowledge the tremendous level of support he received from the company – and in particular CEO Peter Webster – during his term of office.

Security Institute chairman Emma Shaw CSyP commented: “The George van Schalkwyk Trophy is awarded annually to the Institute member making a significant contribution to security professionalism. Mike has been recognised for all his years of dedication and commitment not just to the Institute but also to the security profession in general.”

George van Schalkwyk was an Institute member who was tragically killed in a helicopter accident in Afghanistan in 2006. The award is made in his memory, and sponsored by Institute Fellow Bruce Braes of Organisational Resilience Pty Ltd in Western Australia.

Recipients of the trophy, as voted for by the Institute’s membership, receive an etched de vecchi silver dish along with a commemorative certificate.

The finalists in 2013 were:

• Mike Bluestone CSyP FSyI
• John Briggs MSyI
• Rinus Meelis FSyI
• Brian Sims Hon FSyI
• Martin Smith FSyI
• Di Thomas MSyI

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George van Schalkwyk Award 2013: finalists announced

The Security Institute has unveiled the shortlist of candidates nominated for this year’s George van Schalkwyk Award.

The George van Schalkwyk Trophy is awarded annually to the Institute member considered to have made the most significant contribution to security professionalism in the previous year, as decided by the Board of The Security Institute.

George van Schalkwyk was an Institute member tragically killed in a helicopter accident in Afghanistan back in 2006.

The award is made in his memory and sponsored by Bruce Braes of SSSI. Recipients receive an etched de vecchi silver dish along with a commemorative certificate.

Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI: nominated for the George van Schalkwyk Award for the second year in succession

Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI: nominated for the George van Schalkwyk Award for the second year in succession

2013 nominated finalists

The nominated finalists in 2013 are as follows:

Mike Bluestone CSyP FSyI
John Briggs MSyI
Rinus Meelis FSyI
Brian Sims Hon FSyI
Martin Smith FSyI
Di Thomas MSyI

The winner is decided by way of an online vote among the Institute’s membership, and announced at the organisation’s Remembrance Lecture which takes place this Thursday evening in central London.

Previous winners of the prestigious trophy include David Gill CSyP FSyI (2012), Ken Livingstone FSyI (2010), Bill Wyllie CSyP FSyI (2008), John Allan FSyI (2007) and Stewart Kidd CSyP SyI (2006).

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