Pauline Norstrom – the newly-elected chairman of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) – has personally recognised the significant contributions made by five individuals and organisations to the ongoing success of the UK’s private security sector.
Presenting the 2014 Chairman’s Awards during the Association’s Annual Luncheon at the London Hilton, Park Lane on Wednesday 16 July, Norstrom selected winners in the following categories: Contribution to Exporting, Contribution to Standards, Contribution to Training, Contribution to the Community and Promoting the Industry.
Contribution to Exporting: Ian Moore (Elmdene)
The Chairman’s Award for Contribution to Exporting was presented to Ian Moore of Elmdene. With an export career spanning 20 years, Moore has made a positive contribution to the international growth of a number of businesses.
In 2003, he founded Detector Technologies and oversaw the company’s growth from a start-up to becoming an international business with offices in the UK, Australia, Dubai and South Africa all in just six years.
A long-term contributor to the BSIA’s Export Council, Moore’s expertise continues to help new exporters gain a foothold in overseas markets.
Contribution to Standards: Robbie Calder (Broadland Guarding)
The Chairman’s Award for Contribution to Standards was presented to Robbie Calder of Broadland Guarding, who was recognised for his contributions to the development of training standards requirements for Security Industry Authority licenses relating to CCTV operators.
As the main BSIA representative on many revisions of BS 7958 (CCTV Management and Operations) and BS 8523 (Management and Operation of Warden Schemes), Calder has continued to promote Best Practice and improve quality of service delivery in these areas.
As chairman of the BSIA’s Police and Public Services Section, Calder has also represented the Association at various Parliamentary round table meetings, ensuring that our industry’s capabilities are both recognised and respected.
Contribution to Training: PHS Group Training Department/PHS Datashred
The Chairman’s Award for Contribution to Training was presented to PHS Group Training Department/PHS Datashred in recognition of the organisation’s efforts to develop recognised training schemes for the Information Destruction Sector.
As the first organisation in the UK to be awarded accreditation from Skills for Security for Information Destruction Operations, PHS Datashred has worked together with the wider PHS Group’s Training Department to develop an in-house training course designed to further enhance the quality of service provided to customers and the wider public alike.
Recently, the Group has opened the PHS Academy – a dedicated training and development centre in Gloucester which houses the delivery of this course.
Contribution to the Community: David Bone (Securitas Security Services)
The Chairman’s Award for Contribution to the Community was presented to David Bone of Securitas Security Services who, as an active member of the organisation’s Community Team since 2008, has dedicated countless hours to the company’s fundraising and community events programmes.
Bone’s contributions have made a difference to various local and national charities, including the Poppy Appeal and St Theresa’s Hospice, with events raising over £31,000 in total.
Organising security for charity events, as well as celebrity appearances, are key elements of Bone’s contributions, and he pledges to “continue to build and maintain excellent community links while encouraging others to take part in delivering the Securitas Community Spirit.”
Promoting The Industry: Simon Banks (CSL DualCom)
Finally, the Chairman’s Award for Promoting the Industry was presented to Simon Banks of CSL Dualcom for his fantastic work on the 100 in 100 Apprenticeship initiative.
A driving force behind the success of the annual scheme (which aims to place 100 new security apprentices in the sector in just 100 days), Banks has been instrumental in its success, which has so far seen over 1,800 young people placed in security careers. These new recruits have included installers, engineers, technicians, customer service personnel and locksmiths.
Inspired by his own experiences as an apprentice, Banks believes that the continued recruitment of young people into the security sector is crucial for maintaining the industry’s professionalism while also helping to avoid a potential skills gap in a few years’ time.
Commitment to enhancing the quality of UK security
Speaking about the Chairman’s Awards, Pauline Norstrom said: “It’s a great pleasure that one of my first tasks as chairman of the BSIA is to recognise and reward the significant and lasting contributions made by these dedicated individuals and companies. Their commitment to improving the reputation and quality of our industry is admirable, and I shall look forward to building further on these achievements in my next two years as BSIA chairman.”
Companies interested in BSIA membership can find out more about the many benefits of belonging to the Association – including the annual award presentations – by visiting: http://www.bsia.co.uk/join-the-bsia