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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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2014 Imbert Prize winners announced by the Association of Security Consultants

The Association of Security Consultants held its Annual Luncheon on Thursday 26 June. The winners of the 2014 Imbert Prizes were announced at the event, which was held in central London at the Royal Air Force Club, Piccadilly.

To its great credit, the Board of the Association of Security Consultants (ASC) continually seeks to encourage the development of ideas for the advancement of risk and security management in the UK.

One of the ways in which this excellent ethos manifests itself is by way of an annual prize – the hugely prestigious Imbert Prize.

Named after one of the Association’s Patrons – Lord Peter Imbert CVO QPM JP, former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service and Lord Lieutenant of Greater London – the Imbert Prize always consists of three separate awards. These are the University Dissertation Award, the Security Associations Award and the ASC Award.

The University Dissertation Award

Each year, an award of £1,000 is bestowed for a selected dissertation submitted by an academic institution. Cranfield, Leicester, Loughborough and Portsmouth Universities are each invited to submit a dissertation produced by one of their students – a dissertation relevant to the discipline of consultancy in the security profession.

The Judging Panel (which, in 2014, included Mike Bluestone CSyP, immediate past-chairman of The Security Institute among its cohort) is appointed by the ASC’s chairman and Board.

All Judging Panel members are independent of any of the institutions submitting dissertations.

2014 Winner

The winner in 2014 is Lt Col Paul Easter (Cranfield University) for his dissertation entitled: ‘Jihadist Use of Technology: 1998-2013’.

Runners-Up

In 2014, the runners-up are Andrew Bates (University of Leicester): ‘Whistleblowing in the Private Security Industry – Factors That Influence The Reporting of Wrongdoing’, Stuart Senior (Loughborough University): ‘Mine Action Industry: Is There A Case for a New Approach to Security When Working In Current or Post-Conflict Zones’ and Stephen Green (University of Portsmouth): ‘An Investigation of Current Security Technology Procurement Paradigms and Subsequent Effects on Perceived Efficacy’.

The Security Associations Award

This element of the Imbert Prize is awarded to the person deemed to have made the most notable contribution to the security sector in the preceding 12 months.

Nominations are received each year from The Security Institute, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) and ASIS International’s UK Chapter.

2014 Winner

The winner for 2014 is Peter Finch CSyP CPP FSyI FCMI FInstLM, former head of security at the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and now security manager at the Coventry Building Society.

ASIS Nominee: Adrian Leppard (Commissioner, City of London Police)
BSIA Nominee: Andrew Rennison (former UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner)
IPSA Nominee: Geoff Tate (CEO, Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board)

The ASC Award

This award is bestowed upon the ASC member who has made the most significant contribution to independent security consultancy in the preceding year. The nominee is put forward by the ASC, as adjudged by the ASC Award Panel.

2014 Winner

The winner in 2014 is Joe Connell (director, Praemunitus Intelligence and Risk Consultants Ltd)

*Long-standing ASC member and founding director Nigel Flower was also named an Honorary Life President of the ASC

**The Keynote Address was given by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach KCB CBE ADC BA MPhil DTech DLitt FRAes RAF, Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff

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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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