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Andy Bowers wins The Security Institute’s coveted 2014 Wilf Knight Award

Now in its sixth year, The Security Institute’s prestigious Wilf Knight Award is presented in recognition of a unique piece of research into a security management-based subject. In 2014, the proud winner of this highly sought-after accolade is Andy Bowers, who receives a glass engraved trophy and a cheque for £500.

Bowers has served for 28 years in the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and is currently the Assistant Chief Officer – Head of Community Response, a role affording him responsibility for all emergency response activities. This includes the most common areas of fire-fighting and road traffic collisions as well as specialist teams such as Urban Search and Rescue, Water Rescue, Maritime Response and Hazardous Materials.

Bowers completed national work for the Chief Fire Officers Association on the subject of operational assurance before becoming involved with the national Incident Command project. He was also one of the founder members of the South East Ways of Working Project which then developed into the Collaborative Partnership (and will now become part of a suite of national guidance documents in the near future).

Bowers holds a Masters in Business from the University of Portsmouth and is currently studying for an MSc in Crisis and Disaster Management.

Nominated by Dr Sara Thorne for the Wilf Knight Award, Bowers’ dissertation entitled: ‘Improving Tactical Decision-Making for Crisis and Disaster Responders’ focuses on the response and emergency life-saving element of crisis and disaster management. By considering the role of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (and, specifically, assessing its incident command processes), this research investigates a means of improving command decision-making by first responders at emergency incidents.

Left to Right: Garry Evanson CSyP, Andy Bowers and Patricia Knight

Left to Right: Garry Evanson CSyP, Andy Bowers and Patricia Knight

Critical area of security and risk management

The 2014 Judging Panel – whose cohort included Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, the Editor of Risk UK – felt that Bowers’ winning paper addresses a critical area of security and risk management. The document demonstrates thorough research and a well-presented argument on decision-making for emergency responders with an extremely usable recommendation particularly for the Fire and Rescue Services.

Bowers’ insightful and original approach “could lead to great practical improvements” in terms of how our emergency services deal with incidents from the outset.

Patricia Knight (Wilf Knight’s widow) and Garry Evanson CSyP, deputy chairman of The Security Institute, recently presented Bowers with his award. Evanson commented: “I’d like to offer my congratulations to Andy who’s a very worthy winner. This award is always hotly contested and it’s a real achievement to win it. I think there’s much that we can all learn as a result of Andy’s diligent and detailed work.”

Richard Diston was runner-up with his paper entitled: ‘Does the mandatory training for managing work-related violence and the use of force for front line security staff actually protect stakeholders from harm or create additional risks?’ Diston was nominated by Danie Adendorff of Loughborough University.

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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

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

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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The Security Institute’s Wilf Knight Award 2013: Entry deadline extended

The Security Institute has extended the deadline for entries to the 2013 Wilf Knight Award. The closing date is now Thursday 12 September.

The competition is run each year by The Security Institute and has always proven to be extremely prestigious and high profile. The annual Wilf Knight Award not only showcases individual students’ abilities, but provides a substantial financial prize for the student entrant.

Importantly, the Wilf Knight Award also reflects the high and progressive standards of the academic institutions sponsoring the finalists.

Recent winners of the Wilf Knight Award

2009: Loughborough University (Dannie Adendorff)
2010: Loughborough University (Angus Darroch-Warren)
2011: Cranfield University (Matthew Mackmin) and the University of Leicester (Leonie Darbon)
2012: Cranfield University (Ian Middleton)

Ian Middleton (second left) collects the 2012 Wilf Knight Award from Patricia Knight and Mike Bluestone CSyP (left)

Ian Middleton (second left) collects the 2012 Wilf Knight Award from Patricia Knight and Mike Bluestone CSyP (left)

Details of the entry process

The dissertations or projects submitted must originate from coursework. They may incorporate a title of the student’s own choice or one which they may have been given by their teaching establishment.

The essential requirements for entry are as follows:
• An entry must be by a student on a recognised Bachelor or Masters/PgDip Degree course in a specific or general field of security management (this includes related subject areas such as civil emergency planning, crime prevention or criminology, defence, fraud management, risk studies, business continuity – all of which are non-exhaustive examples of the diversity allowed within the award criteria)
• Minimum level of study – 1st degree with the submission supported by the university or training provider acting as sponsor
• Normally only one entry would be allowed from a university. However, where the university has more than one faculty/college wherein security-related courses are being studied, it’s permissible for each faculty/college to submit an entry
• The entry must be part of the coursework of the student concerned
• Work submitted should be a dissertation, assignment or project which shows evidence of particular distinction and/or innovation in relation to the subject area and must make a valuable contribution to the development of security management
• Author students do not need to be members of The Security Institute
• The prize winner will receive £500 and all finalists will receive a certificate of commendation from The Security Institute
• The winner will receive his/her award at the 2013 Security Excellence Awards (as The Security Institute’s guest at dinner). The event is to be held on Wednesday 23 October 2013 at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London

All nominated entries (which must be submitted in electronic copy format) should be sent by the sponsoring university or institution to the Wilf Knight Award Panel at: di@security-institute.org

• Entries to be submitted by 12 September 2013 (see Nomination Form attachment, below)

• Once received, all entries will be acknowledged by e-mail

• Final judging complete on 1 October 2013, and then the finalists selected will be informed together with their sponsors

Comment from Edit Bori MA PgDip MSyI

Edit Bori MSyI, a member of The Security Institute’s Academic Board who’s co-ordinating this year’s competition, commented: “I do hope that you have many eligible entries among your students and that you are able to nominate a strong contender from one of your degree courses.”

Bori continued: “If your institution has several faculties which cover the various related facets of the security management discipline please would you be so kind as to raise awareness of the Wilf Knight Award among your colleagues.”

In conclusion, he stated: “If you have any questions or wish to discuss the Wilf Knight Award further please do not hesitate to contact me, or alternatively feel free to contact the Institute’s Head Office.”

2013 Wilf Knight Award Nomination Form

The Security Institute, 1 The Courtyard, Caldecote, Warwickshire CV10 0AS (telephone: 02476 373362, Internet: http://www.security-institute.org)

Edit Bori MA PgDip MSyI
Security Operations Manager
Westminster Abbey
The Chapter Office
20 Dean’s Yard

Tel: 020 7654 4938
Mob: 07707 896848


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