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Adam Jones wins The Security Institute’s Wilf Knight Award 2013

The Security Institute’s prestigious Wilf Knight Award is presented annually at the Security Excellence Awards in recognition of a unique piece of research into a security management-based subject.

The 2013 Security Excellence Awards took place on Wednesday 23 October at the Hilton Hotel on London’s Park Lane. The proud recipient of the Wilf Knight Award 2013 was Adam Jones, who walked away with an engraved glass trophy and a cheque for £500.

Nominated by his course tutor, Phillip Wood (head of faculty enterprise and security at Buckinghamshire New University), Jones’ dissertation was titled ‘Violence in the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department: Does a Pro-Security Culture Reduce Risk of Violence in an Accident and Emergency Environment? An Analysis of the Barnet and Enfield Hospitals Trust.’

A&E departments have to deal with violence and aggression from patients on a daily basis and, despite a pro-security culture, there has not been a reduction in these types of incidents since the inception of NHS Protect.

Jones’ study examined what a pro-security culture actually means to the NHS, discussed its interpretation and went on to suggest an appropriate strategy based on his findings.

Left to Right: Brian Sims HonFSyI, Emma Shaw CSyP, Adam Jones and Patricia Knight

Left to Right: Brian Sims Hon FSyI, Emma Shaw CSyP, Adam Jones and Patricia Knight

Views of the 2013 Judging Panel

The 2013 Judging Panel felt that Jones’ work has value not only to Barnet and Enfield Hospitals Trust but also to any organisation with an interest in developing a secure working environment and limiting the risk of violence within it.

The dissertation was awarded a grade of 74% and gained the only distinction ever awarded for the course.

Jones is currently employed as a senior consultant for 4C Strategies, a leading international provider of risk management solutions. He began his working life in the Army and this was followed by a 20-year career in the UK Prison Service and the New Zealand Department of Corrections.

After moving back to the UK, Jones was keen to pursue other interests and joined the NHS as a security management specialist. It was while in this position that he enrolled in the MSc in Business Continuity, Security and Emergency Management at Buckinghamshire New University.

To expand his skills further, Jones needed to seek experience in London and subsequently joined the Barnet and Chase Farms Trust in Enfield.

Comment from The Security Institute’s chairman

Wilf Knight’s widow, Patricia Knight and Emma Shaw CSyP, chairman of The Security Institute, presented Jones with the award alongside Brian Sims Hon FSyI, media solutions manager at UBM Live’s Security and Fire Portfolio and a member of the Judging Panel for the Wilf Knight Award as well as Chairman of the Judges for the Security Excellence Awards.

Shaw commented: “I’d like to offer my congratulations to Adam, who is a very worthy winner given the very high standard of entries this year. There is always the potential for a degree of controversy in exploring security issues within a public sector environment. However, during his study he was sensitive to the needs of the organisations and participants involved in the research, while also being clear about his overall aims and objectives. I think that there is a lot we can all learn as a result of his interesting and thought-provoking work.”

David Paterson from the University of Leicester was highly commended for his thesis entitled: ‘Is there a link between staff job satisfaction and the level of shrinkage within a retail store? A Comparison of Staff Satisfaction and Shrinkage.’ He completed an MSc in Security and Risk Management and was nominated by Dr Matt Hopkins.

Major Crossley McEwen was commended for his paper entitled: ‘Nuclear New Build: A Move towards a Securer Future for the United Kingdom?’ which he authored at the Department of Management and Security, Cranfield University. He was nominated by Dr Anna Maria Brudenell.

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Inspiration in HR Award 2013: Call for Entries

SSR Personnel’s managing director Peter French MBE created the Inspiration in HR Award to recognise the excellent work consistently carried out by Human Resources professionals (most notably in the security world).

The awards scheme – which is run in association with and supported by http://www.IFSECGlobal.com/UBM Live’s Security and Fire Portfolio – is open to either individuals or organisations deemed to have made a significant, positive and lasting impact in the areas of Human Resources management and corporate performance.

It’s fair to say that service sectors necessarily rely on teams of people operating across a number of environments, from customer-focused settings through to those that require an in-depth knowledge of technology.

For their part, Human Resources professionals play a key role in the selection, training and monitoring of thousands of individuals across these different spheres.

Now in its seventh year, the Inspiration in HR Award provides these professionals with the recognition they so richly deserve.

As always, the winner will be presented with their prize during the Security Excellence Awards ceremony organised by UBM Live’s Security Portfolio. This year, the event takes place at The London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on Wednesday 23 October.

The Inspiration in HR Award is presented each year at the Security Excellence Awards Ceremony

The Inspiration in HR Award is presented each year at the Security Excellence Awards Ceremony

Entrants for the 2013 initiative will be judged by a panel of experts chaired by Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, media solutions manager across UBM Live’s Security and Fire Portfolio.

Previous winners of the Inspiration in HR Award

Award winners to date have included Gemma Quirke of multiple award-winning security guarding solutions provider Wilson James and the HR teams at both VSG and Advance Security.

Speaking about the 2013 edition of the Inspiration in HR Award, Peter French explained: “We’re in the HR business, and deal with HR professionals all the time. They really are the professionals of the day, and that’s no understatement, but they rarely receive the due recognition they deserve. That’s why we launched the Inspiration in HR Award.”

French continued: “Whether you’re talking about finance, regulatory issues, the Corporate Social Responsibility agenda or talent-matching exercises, HR professionals can and do deliver massive improvements to businesses in terms of process, function and profitability.”

What you need to do to submit an entry

On a single sheet of A4, provide details of:

•the reason for the nomination
•originality of the idea
•impact that the person/organisation has made

The nomination can be supported with marketing materials consisting of no more than two sides of A4.

**Entries should be received by Wednesday 31 July 2013 and submitted either by e-mail to: awards@ssr-personnel.com or posted to Awards, SSR Personnel, FREEPOST, London E17 6BR

About SSR Personnel

Based in London, SSR Personnel (including its Executive Profiles search division) is the largest specialist recruitment consultancy in Europe when it comes to sourcing permanent, interim and temporary personnel specifically for the security, fire, IT and Health and Safety sectors.

SSR is an ISO 9001:2008 accredited company, compliant with rigorous standards of verification and offers competency-based interviewing, psychometric testing and assessment centre interviews.

SSR has always continued to ensure quality service delivery in the most complex of environments.

Continued commitment to Investors in People initiatives has influenced SSR’s work ethic as a company, and ensures that its qualified consultants remain dedicated to achieving successful, long-lasting Human Resources solutions of the very highest quality and standard.

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