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Baroness Ruth Henig and Sue Fish join speaker line-up for The Security Institute’s Annual Conference

The Security Institute’s new president Baroness Ruth Henig CBE DL and Sue Fish (deputy chief constable for Nottinghamshire Police and national policing lead for business crime reduction) have been announced as speakers for this year’s Annual Conference.

Baroness Henig and Fish join previously announced speakers Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI (director of PRCI), Sir David Veness CBE QPM, Major General Chip Chapman CB, Brett Lovegrove MSyI (CEO of CSARN) and Sean Cunningham (operations manager for the Inkerman Group) at the event, which takes place on 22 September at the Amba Hotel, Marble Arch in central London.

Baroness Henig is former chair of the Security Industry Authority (SIA). While at the SIA, the Baroness was instrumental in overseeing a regulatory overhaul and the introduction of a new and modern, fit-for-purpose regulatory regime.


Baroness Ruth Henig CBE DL

Previous high profile roles Baroness Henig has held within the security sector include chair of the Association of Police Authorities (from 1997 to 2005), after which she became the Association’s president. The Baroness was also a member of the National Criminal Justice Board from 2003 to 2005, having been awarded a CBE in 2000 for her tremendous services to policing.

Garry Evanson CSyP, The Security Institute’s chairman, said: “It’s a real pleasure for me to be able to announce that our new president is taking an active role in the life of The Security institute. With her vast insight and considerable experience of the regulatory regime within the UK, Baroness Henig will be a significant addition to this new-style conference for 2016.”

During her career with the Nottinghamshire Police, Sue Fish has had specific responsibilities for the force’s Crime Directorate, the Intelligence Directorate, scientific support, operational support and serious and organised crime. Fish is also a Gold Firearms, Public Order and CBRN commander.

“Sue is one of the most senior police officers in the country,” outlined Evanson, “and has amassed fantastic experience of all aspects of policing. We’re delighted that she will be able to join us at our conference and for the insights Sue will be able to offer us all into initiatives for reducing business crime.”

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Sir David Veness joins Pilgrims Group in senior advisory role

Internationally renowned counter-terrorism expert Sir David Veness CBE QPM has joined global security specialist Pilgrims Group in the role of senior advisor.

Formerly Under-Secretary General of the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), the body responsible for the global security of UN staff and operations, Sir David will further enhance Pilgrims Group’s capacity and capabilities in overseas security operations across both the public and private sectors.

Pilgrims Group (which provides training and security to Government bodies, NGOs and private companies in countries including the UK, USA, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Algeria, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Pakistan and Kuwait) has experienced between 15% and 30% growth annually over the last 16 years and built an impressive track record protecting its clients in countries with challenging political environments, including a 100% safety record globally.

Sir David Veness CBE QPM

Sir David Veness CBE QPM

Development at home and abroad

Sir David Veness boasts vast experience, having held the role of Assistant Commissioner (Specialist Operations) at New Scotland Yard from 1994 to 2005 where he dealt with counter-terrorism and security issues.

“I’m impressed by the high quality team at Pilgrims Group and the leadership of the company,” commented Sir David. “As a senior advisor, I’m looking forward to contributing towards the development of the Group at home and abroad. In particular, I’m keen to support the exemplary security role Pilgrims Group plays in this industry, which has already been recognised by a series of awards.”

Sir David is an Honorary Professor of Terrorism Studies at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, Chairman of the London First Advisory Board on Security and Resilience and Co-Chairman of the Executive Board of the Cross Sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) programme.

Speaking about Sir David’s appointment, Pilgrims Group managing director Bill Freear explained: “We’re absolutely delighted to announce that Sir David Veness has joined the team. Sir David’s knowledge of how markets are affected by global terrorism and his experience of policing and international staff safety and security at the highest level will be invaluable to our strategic planning, and is set to further benefit our clients across all sectors.”

Freear continued: “Sir David’s decision to join Pilgrims demonstrates that he believes in our team and the standards we represent. He sees the continuation of Pilgrims’ strategic growth, both within the UK and across overseas security and risk management markets.”

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