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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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Security Excellence Awards 2013: The Winners

With close on 1,000 attendees, the highly coveted Security Excellence Awards, organised by UBM Live, took place during a Black Tie gala ceremony at London’s prestigious Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on the evening of Wednesday 23 October 2013.

Produced in association with http://www.IFSECGlobal.com, the Security Excellence Awards highlight the very best people, projects and processes the UK’s security industry has to offer.

Rufus Hound – the comedian, actor and presenter – took to the stage to present the worthy winners with their trophies after UBM Live’s Brian Sims – Media Solutions Manager for the Security and Fire Portfolio – had delivered the keynote address.

Winners were commended for their achievements by a highly respected Judging Panel which included: Alex Carmichael (technical director at the British Security Industry Association), Emma Shaw (chairman of The Security Institute), Don Randall MBE (head of security, Bank of England and chairman, City of London Crime Prevention Association) and Jeff Little OBE (CEO of the National Security Inspectorate).

The outstanding winners of the Security Excellence Awards 2013 are:

ACS Champion of the Year (Sponsored by Servest Multi-Service Group)
Axis Security

Best Deployment of Lone Worker Technology (Sponsored by Over-C)
Reliance High-Tech – Reliance Protect Lone Worker Solution

Contribution to Standards in the Security Sector (Sponsored by the National Security Inspectorate)
Tony Makosinski

Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year
Dot Dot Dot Property – Dot Dot Dot Property Guardians

Counter-Terrorism Solution of the Year (Sponsored by Securitas)
Community Safety Europe – Intelligent Situational Threat Assessment, Risk Evaluation and Determination (I STARED) System

Customer Care Initiative of the Year
Corps Security – The Customer Charter

Cyber Security Solution of the Year (Supported by IFSECGlobal.com)
BAE Systems Detica – Detica CyberReveal

Enterprise Security Risk Management Project of the Year
BT Security – Secure Communications for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Event Security Team of the Year (Supported by IFSEC International)
Showsec – BT London Live Event Security Team

International Achievement Award (Sponsored by the BSIA)
Westminster Aviation Security Services (Westminster Group plc)

Large Security Installer of the Year (Sponsored by GJD)
Kings Security

Security Guarding Company of the Year (Sponsored by Peter Drew Contracts)
Axis Security

Security Consultant of the Year
CornerStone

Security Manager of the Year (Sponsored by SecuriGroup)
Mark Hepherd (William Hill)

Security Partnering Initiative of the Year (Sponsored by Showsec)
Securitas Security Services and the Avon and Somerset Constabulary/Devon and Cornwall Police – Crime Scene Guarding

Security Training Initiative of the Year (Sponsored by Bouygues E&S FM UK)
Maybo and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust Security Department – Healthcare Security Clinical Assault Reduction Programme

Small to Medium Security Installer of the Year (Sponsored by ievo)
Contact Security

Systems Integrator of the Year
ATEC Security

Engineers of Tomorrow 2013

The winners of the Engineers of Tomorrow 2013 were also presented with their prizes at the Security Excellence Awards. Here are this year’s winning apprentices:

1st Aaron Uppal (Universal Fire and Security) and Mark Power (Kings Security)
2nd Luke Preston (CIA Fire and Security) and Matthew Gautrey (Wessex Fire and Security)
3rd Stuart MacKenzie (EFT Systems) and James Raynor (EFT Systems)

As always, the Security Excellence Awards served as a platform for the presentation of The Security Institute’s Wilf Knight Award in addition to the Inspiration in HR Award (which is sponsored by SSR Personnel and supported by IFSECGlobal.com). The winners in 2013 are:

Wilf Knight Award
Adam Jones (Buckinghamshire New University)

Inspiration in HR Award
VSG HR Team

UBM Live Security Portfolio Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Profession
Don Randall MBE

Charlie Cracknell, event director at UBM Live, said: “We’re thrilled to bring the security industry together to celebrate the outstanding achievements made throughout the year. Recognising and rewarding Best Practice that has been implemented throughout the year highlights how the security industry continues to evolve. I’m delighted to be part of honouring the deserved winners and congratulate them all on what they have accomplished.”

The charity partner for the 2013 Security Excellence Awards was the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA), an organisation that provides lifelong support to members of the Armed Forces and their families.

SSAFA believes that their commitment deserves commitment in return, so the charity provides important practical, emotional and financial support to anyone who is serving – or has ever served – in the Armed Forces and their immediate family members.

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100 in 100 Roll of Honour recognition for Securi-Guard

Securi-Guard has joined a special industry roll of honour after taking on two apprentices as part of a major national recruitment drive administered by Skills for Security.

The Plymouth-based company will train Liam Hewins (aged 18) and 17-year-old Kieran Pope, both from Plymouth, to work in its security systems division as part of a commitment to help the next generation of security industry employees.

In recognition of the two appointments, Securi-Guard is among a number of security firms nationwide who have been named in the 100 in 100 Roll of Honour by Skills for Security, the not-for-profit organisation that serves as the sector skills body for the private security industry.

It offers information, advice and guidance to help with training and skills development in the security sector for both apprentices and existing security personnel who want to improve their knowledge and skills set.

Terri Jones, the new director general at Skills for Security, said: “We’re delighted that Securi-Guard is supporting the 100 in 100 initiative for 2013. Apprentices deliver real value to employers, and developing the talent of the future is vital to the economic success of the sector. Congratulations to Kieran and Liam. We look forward to following their progress.”

Left to Right: Securi-Guard's Paul Lawson with new apprentices Liam Hewins and Kieran Pope

Left to Right: Securi-Guard’s Paul Lawson with new apprentices Liam Hewins and Kieran Pope

Installation, maintenance, Health and Safety

Securi-Guard will be training Liam and Kieran as security and fire systems engineers under the auspices of Skills for Security’s training programme.

They will both work with an experienced engineer and be taught a variety of skills, including installation of systems, how to repair and maintain the systems to a high standard and ensuring compliance with Health and Safety regulations.

Scott Boyd, Securi-Guard’s managing director for fire and security, said he was delighted to be able to support the 100 in 100 initiative.

“This is an extremely worthwhile campaign and represents a great opportunity for us to help two young apprentices make their mark in the security industry,” stated Scott.

“As a family company, we take great pride in developing our staff from within and see apprenticeship schemes such as this as a natural extension of that ethos. It’s a chance to develop two individuals and equip them with the kind of skills and knowledge that will benefit them throughout their careers.”

The 100 in 100 campaign for 2013 is aiming to place at least 100 new apprentices across the security sector between IFSEC International 2013 (which was held in May at the NEC) and the Security Excellence Awards Ceremony, which takes place at London’s Hilton Park Lane Hotel on Wednesday 23 October.

Fully endorsed by skills minister Matthew Hancock, last year’s campaign resulted in 320 new apprentices. The organisers are hoping to top that figure in 2013.

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Magenta Security aims for further success at Security Excellence Awards

Magenta Security has been nominated in three categories at the 2013 Security Excellence Awards.

With its head office in Hounslow and operations in Swindon, Kent, Birmingham and Manchester, Magenta Security has been shortlisted for Security Guarding Company of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year and Security Partnering Initiative of the Year at the prestigious Security Excellence Awards, which take place on Wednesday 23 October at the celebrated Hilton Hotel on London’s Park Lane.

The company won the Environmental Initiative of the Year ctegory in 2009 and 2012 – Magenta was also nominated in the same category in 2010 and 2011 – and was shortlisted for Security Guarding Company of the Year in both 2010 and 2011.

Magenta Security's managing director Abbey Petkar

Magenta Security’s managing director Abbey Petkar

12 months of success

Magenta Security has achieved considerable success during the last 12 months realising a 61% increase in profitability. Indeed, it’s one of the fastest-growing security guarding companies in the country, providing a wide range of bespoke security solutions.

As well as providing security officers, mobile patrols and electronic surveillance, partnerships with external suppliers mean that Magenta can provide a variety of additional services to clients.

Managing Director Abbey Petker said: “I’m delighted that Magenta Security has been shortlisted for three Security Excellence Awards. It is recognition of the excellent standard of services we offer our clients. We’re committed to providing them with a wide range of security solutions which meet their individual needs. This is achieved through a service-based ethos and intensive account management.”

Petkar concluded: “To be nominated once again for these prestigious industry awards shows that we continue to deliver a high quality of service across key areas.”

Now in their 15th year, the Security Excellence Awards promote and reward individuals and companies within the UK security industry for achieving the very highest standards and outstanding success.

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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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