The Security Institute has announced that Camilla Scrimgeour ASyI and Anastasia Spiridonova will co-chair the organisation’s Young Members Group, which exists to serve security professionals under the age of 35.
In essence, the Young Members Group aims to represent the views of young professionals within the sector, as well as foster more opportunities for such professionals to access and thrive within the world of security. Scrimgeour and Spiridonova now plan on arranging regular speaker-focused and networking events to ‘spread the message’.
Both Scrimgeour and Spiridonova have already gained a wealth of experience and begun to establish themselves as young professionals within the security field. Camilla Scrimgeour is currently an associate at S-RM, the global risk and intelligence consultancy. In this role, she works within the crisis response team, actively preventing and responding to kidnap, ransom and extortion incidents as well as wider crises. She boasts experience of working in the crisis management and intelligence space for both corporate companies and Government organisations including the Mayor of London’s Office.
Scrimgeour holds an MA in International Relations and French gained at the University of St Andrews and is qualified in the fields of business continuity and intelligence analysis.
Anastasia Spiridonova is currently a student member of the Institute. Outside of the Institute, she’s an investigator and soon-to-be co-director at the Lost Boys Detective Agency. The latter is a security, risk management and investigations company that provides bespoke services to private, corporate and legal clients.
Spiridonova holds a BA degree in French and Iberian and Latin American Cultures from Stanford University, as well as having studied criminal justice in partnership with the University of Oxford. She speaks Russian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and English, with her professional background encompassing art sales through to roles in corporate finance.
Under the leadership and direction of Scrimgeour and Spiridonova, the Young Members Group will continue to support the Institute’s advocacy for the inclusion and celebration of young people within the security business sector. The Institute strongly believes that embracing young people and their unique perspectives is key to increasing innovation within the field, which will also help to enhance professional practices and, ultimately, ensure that the sector is best equipped to tackle the threats of tomorrow.
In a joint statement concerning their new roles at the Institute, Scrimgeour and Spiridonova explained: “We are excited to be co-chairing the Young Members Group and look forward to supporting other young professionals within the Institute. Through the Young Members Group, we hope to better understand the challenges faced by young professionals like ourselves and ascertain how the Institute can further support their professional development as well as provide opportunities for them to become more engaged with the security community.”
Further, Scrimgeour and Spiridonova stated: “We strongly encourage all those under the age of 35 to become involved with the Young Members Group. It’s a fantastic opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals, seek peer-to-peer advice and help create positive change for the entire sector.”
The Security Institute’s CEO Rick Mounfield CSyP FSyI added: “I’m grateful to Camilla and Ana for coming forward to co-chair the Young Members Group. The group has been a long-standing safe space that provides young professionals with all of the opportunities and support they need to succeed, and I’m sure it will go from strength to strength under their leadership.”
In addition, Mounfield observed: “It’s imperative that, as a sector, we embrace the next generation of security professionals. This is a ‘must’ if we are to remain innovative and forward-thinking. The Institute’s Young Members Group will lead the industry’s efforts in this area.”
2021 Annual General Meeting
As stated, the intention is for the Young Members Group to arrange regular speaker and networking events, the first of which will be held on 5 May. Members of the Institute can access further details on this by accessing the Institute’s Community Platform.
Institute members can also here Scrimgeour and Spiridonova speak about their plans for the Young Members Group at this year’s Annual General Meeting, which is being held online on Wednesday 21 April.