The Security Institute has announced that academic criminologist Dr Alison Wakefield FSyI will become the organisation’s new chairman with effect from January 2018, taking over the reins from Garry Evanson CSyP FSyI. Wakefield is senior lecturer in security risk management at the University of Portsmouth, where she’s also course leader of the BSc degree course in Risk and Security Management and the Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management.
Alison Wakefield’s track record of accolades is impressive to say the very least. This security expert has been listed in the ‘Top Four Influencers’ on IFSEC Global.com’s ‘Top 50 Most Influential People in Security’ for the past three years in a row and, earlier this year, was awarded the prestigious Imbert Prize by the Association of Security Consultants.
Wakefield holds a BA (Hull) and MPhil PhD (Cambridge).
In terms of her work to date both with and for The Security Institute, Wakefield has served as vice-chairman of the organisation since 2015 and as a Board director from 2010. Previously, Wakefield was a director with the International Institute of Security from 2004 prior to its merger with The Security Institute in 2008.
Wakefield chaired the Institute’s Academic Board at the point of the launch of the organisation’s qualifications in 2010 and the Knowledge Centre in 2013, and has remained at the forefront of research and the personal professional development of individuals within the Institute.
In 2010-2011, Wakefield chaired the Institute’s Working Party that devised the pathways to becoming a Chartered Security Professional, and now serves as academic advisor to the Chartered Security Professionals Registration Authority.
Wakefield has authored ‘Selling Security: The Private Policing of Public Space’ (Willan Publishing, 2003), which was shortlisted for the British Society of Criminology Book Prize 2003, and served as Editor of ‘The Sage Dictionary of Policing’ with Jenny Fleming (Sage, 2009) and ‘Ethical and Social Perspectives on Situational Crime Prevention’ with Andrew von Hirsch and David Garland (Hart Publishing, 2000).
Currently, Wakefield serves on the Editorial Boards of The Security Journal and the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, and is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology.
Wakefield was also executive secretary of the British Society of Criminology from 2004 to 2008.
Speaking about her appointment, Wakefield observed: “I’m extremely honoured to be appointed chairman of The Security Institute. Today’s uncertain political and economic landscape presents significant challenges, but also great opportunities as people and organisations look to our profession to help them manage uncertainty. We will continue to champion and support the professional development of our members, promote awareness of the important role that’s played by the security sector and seek to consolidate the Institute’s standing among the security community, within industry and across Government.”
Garry Evanson added: “I’m delighted that Alison will be taking over as chairman and continuing to shape The Security Institute as the leading security membership body at a time when the challenges in the security landscape are at their greatest for many years. Alison is a professional of the highest order and her collegial approach will ensure that the Institute goes from strength to strength. She has proven herself in many and varied arenas, not least as the Institute’s vice-chairman. I congratulate her on her election and wish her and the Institute well for the future.”