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IPSA and the QICSS sign historic membership agreement

On Wednesday 25 June 2014, the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) signed an historic agreement in Doha, Qatar with the Qatar International Centre for Safety and Security (QICSS). The agreement provides for graduates from QICSS security-related courses to be automatically enrolled as individual members with IPSA for 12 months, with options to extend their membership thereafter.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Doha, Mike White – IPSA’s chairman – explained: “This is an historic moment for IPSA. We already have many members within the region, and this will allow us to be at the forefront of professional representation as the Qatari private security industry continually grows and develops.”

IPSA's chairman Mike White and Khalid Omran of QICS exchanging signed copies of the agreement

IPSA’s chairman Mike White and Khalid Omran of QICS exchanging signed copies of the agreement

White continued: “These are exciting times for Qatar. We’re very proud to be associated with our professional colleagues at the QICSS, and we look forward to working with them in the future on developing new members and helping and supporting both the Centre and our members wherever and whenever we can.”

Speaking on behalf of the QICSS, CEO Khalid Omran stated: “This is a key moment for the private security industry in Qatar. We’re looking forward to working with our IPSA partners in the years to come.”

All you need to know about… IPSA

The International Professional Security Association is a membership body for individuals and companies working in security and associated roles.

The Association was formed over 50 years ago to ensure professionalism in the management of security operations. As an established and recognised worldwide professional organisation, IPSA provides a specialist service to industry and commerce. There are no geographical boundaries in terms of its operation, and the highest technical standards are stringently applied in all of its dealings.

The Association operates within the framework of 14 regions which include many in overseas territories.

IPSA is an independent body controlled and paid for by its members. Membership is available to:

*Persons wholly employed in the industry
*Persons who are preparing to come into the industry (ie police officers, members of the Armed Forces and students, etc)
*Security guarding companies
*Door supervisors
*Businesses engaged in the manufacture or supply of security equipment
*Training companies
*Organisations who employ their own security staff

IPSA offers membership to those employed in industrial or commercial security and to those companies who supply services or materials used in connection with industrial or commercial security. The Association also provides a number of training courses for security personnel and management.

For further information visit: http://www.ipsa.org.uk

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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’.


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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UK Joint Security Associations Annual Charity Dinner: 30 September 2014

The inaugural Joint Security Associations Annual Fundraising Dinner will be held on Tuesday 30 September 2014 at the Grange City Hotel, a spectacular five star venue which overlooks the Tower of London.

This will be a prestigious Black Tie event, and will allow those attending the perfect opportunity to network with colleagues, entertain guests or simply enjoy a relaxed atmosphere while at the same time helping to support two very worthy charities.

The ticket price of £100 includes an exquisite three-course dinner menu and one free entry into the £20 ticketed prize raffle.

This year, the guest speaker will be Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC (President of The Security Institute).

The event will begin with a welcome reception at 6.30 pm followed by the dinner which will conclude at 11.00 pm, with a cash bar in operation both during and after.

The Grange City Hotel near Tower Bridge in London

The Grange City Hotel near Tower Bridge in London

Security associations and their nominated charities

The security associations involved (including The City Of London Crime Prevention Association, The Security Institute, ASIS International, the International Professional Security Association and ADS Group) are hoping to raise in excess of £20,000 which will be split equally between the two charities – the St Giles Trust and PTSD Resolution.

St Giles Trust aims to help break the cycle of prison, crime and disadvantage, creating safer communities by supporting people to help them change their lives. The charity offers a range of services which have helped over 16,000 clients overcome any barriers which might be holding them back from moving forward. Ultimately, it equips people with skills to help them live independent lives.

PTSD Resolution is a charity that offers a unique service counselling to the UK Armed Forces, TA and Regular Reserves (including their dependants) to relieve mental health problems resulting from Military Service and the traumas that they have faced.

The PTSD Resolution Outreach Programme has over 200 counsellors trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy and provides a valuable contact point for anyone requiring counselling, complimentary to the work of the other armed forces charities.

Unique and exciting initiative

Don Randall – chairman of the organising committee and the City of London Crime Prevention Association – explained: “I’m honoured to be part of this fundraising project which has brought together professionals from the various security associations in the UK and will deliver what I hope will be an annual event on everyone’s calendar for many years to come.”

Don Randall: chairman of the City of London Crime Prevention Association

Don Randall: chairman of the City of London Crime Prevention Association

Emma Shaw, chairman of The Security Institute, added: “This event provides a perfect opportunity for the security profession to work together to raise substantial funds for two extremely worthwhile charities closely associated with the security sector. The Security Institute is absolutely delighted to be involved in this unique and exciting initiative.”

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

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Sodexo appoints Simon Pears as global security director

Sodexo, the world’s largest services company, has announced that Simon Pears has been appointed global security director to enhance the company’s capabilities in providing global professional security services.

Pears joined Sodexo UK and Ireland back in 2007 and was instrumental in establishing and delivering Secure by Sodexo, the company’s security offer. Secure by Sodexo has been extremely successful in providing clients with professional security services, and is now ranked in the top 1% of security providers for quality delivery in the UK.

Ian Mills, group vice-president for Sodexo’s Worldwide Technical Expertise Platform, commented: “Simon has a unique ability to understand, design and implement policy, procedure and process that delivers cost-effective and highly efficient security solutions to our clients. He has worked extensively on delivering industry-leading regulatory compliance within Sodexo and has built a network of key industry contacts both in the UK and beyond.”

Mills added: “In December 2013, Simon was admitted to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals having met the stringent criteria, an achievement which is testament to his commitment and professionalism in the provision of security services. We look forward to Simon helping us develop Sodexo’s worldwide security capabilities.”

Simon Pears: promoted to global security director at Sodexo

Simon Pears: promoted to global security director at Sodexo

In his new role, Pears will be responsible for supporting the Sodexo Group by developing and co-ordinating all aspects of the security business model across all countries. He’ll also be supporting the implementation of regional and country security processes and driving standardisation, consistency and Best Practice across the Sodexo business.

In addition, Pears is to support the marketing offer development and tender preparation for security expertise as well as the security contracts within Sodexo’s international large accounts to drive Best Practice and ensure contractual requirements are being delivered.

Pears is a member of the Security Industry Authority Standards and Strategy Working Group and represents the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) on the Security Regulatory Alliance in preparation for the introduction of business licensing in the UK.

Pears’ memberships encompass IPSA, ASIS, The Security Institute, The Security Institute of Ireland and The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals.

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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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