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ACS Pacesetters recognised at inaugural Achievement Awards Luncheon

The inaugural ACS Pacesetters Achievement Awards Luncheon was held at Royal Windsor Racecourse on Wednesday 4 June. Scheme members in attendance received engraved plaques commemorating their achievements during 2013-2014.

Security companies present included Advance Security, Axis Security, Contract Security (United Kingdom), Corps Security, Danhouse Security, Equinox Security Management, First Response Group, GBM Support Services, Hard Hat Logistics, Incentive Lynx Security, Interr Security, Kingdom Security, Oakpark Security Management, Octavian Security, Shield Security Services, Sodexo, The Specialist Security Company, The Keyholding Company, The Shield Group, TSS Security UK, Ward Security and Wilson James.

Left to Right: Anne Wheeley and Allen Parton (Hounds for Heroes), Terry O’Neil and Lynda Moore (ACS Pacesetters)

Left to Right: Anne Wheeley and Allen Parton (Hounds for Heroes), Terry O’Neil and Lynda Moore (ACS Pacesetters)

The event was kindly sponsored by Cobia, Eurotech Monitoring, the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), Sutton Specialist Risks, The Security Watchdog (part of Capita plc), Interr Security and Wilson James.

Security Officer of Distinction Awards

The event also witness the launch of the new ‘Security Officer of Distinction Award.

Bill Butler, CEO of the Security Industry Authority, agreed to present individual awards to ten very worthy security officers.

Winners of the Security Officer of Distinction Awards pictured with Bill Butler (CEO, SIA) and Lynda Moore of ACS Pacesetters

Winners of the Security Officer of Distinction Awards pictured with Bill Butler (CEO, SIA) and Lynda Moore of ACS Pacesetters

Each officer was nominated by their client company. Nominations were endorsed by individual employers and the final selections made by the sponsors of the ACS Pacesetters Achievement Awards.

In 2014, the winners are as follows:

• Sophie Cook (Axis Security Services)
• Paul Hodgson (Equinox Security Management)
• Muhammad Butt (Interr Security)
• Stuart House (Kingdom Security)
• Stephen Newall (Oakpark Security Systems)
• Nicholas Jansen (Shield Security Services)
• Christopher Lowe (Sodexo)
• Dumitru Didu (TSS Security)
• Douglas Johnson (Ward Security)
• John Taylor (Wilson James)

A charity raffle took place at the conclusion of the event, with all proceeds going to Hounds for Heroes. Over £1,400 was raised on the day for this very worthwhile cause.
Generous prizes were donated by the Hindhead Golf Club, the Royal Windsor Racecourse, Sodexo and FM Contract Watch.

There was also an extremely moving speech delivered by Gulf War veteran Allen Parton, whose long-held dream and partnership with his Labrador, Endal, formed the basis for the foundation of Hounds for Heroes.

The purpose of Hounds for Heroes is to provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and the Emergency Services. Through this provision, the organisation’s key aim is to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life for its clients.

*If you’d like to find out more information on Hounds for Heroes please visit: http://houndsforheroes.com/

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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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Sodexo’s Jane Farrell scoops Women in Security Industry Award

Sodexo’s skills development manager Jane Farrell has won a top award for her work aimed at bringing more women into the security industry.

Farrell, who’s Sodexo’s Centre of Excellence development manager, scooped the Women in Security Industry Award at the IFSEC and FIREX Awards in Birmingham.

Jane, who is responsible for security training and compliance across the UK and Ireland, spearheads the Sodexo Women in Security Group and ensures that all reports, findings, recommendations and advice are directly communicated to the Sodexo executive management team, remaining a priority for all her senior colleagues.

As part of Secure (Sodexo’s on-site security service), Jane has worked to increase the percentage of female security officers in the organisation from 9% to 14% over the last three years.

Left to right: Professional Security's md Roy Cooper, Jane Farrell and Una Riley

Left to right: Professional Security’s md Roy Cooper, Jane Farrell and Una Riley

Jane has worked for Sodexo for 30 years. Speaking about this award, she commented: “It’s great to be recognised for my contribution to the security industry. I’ve always found that some women have a fear about a career in security as it’s seen as a male-dominated industry. What we’ve tried to do is take that fear away and open up more opportunities for women.”

Farrell continued: “I’ve always seen my role as one of helping people, men and women, to develop their careers. It was never viewed like that before, but the security industry is about having a professional career path and developing their skills.”

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