New deputy chairman and vice-chairman appointed by The Security Institute

The Security Institute has announced the appointment of Peter Lavery FSyI as deputy chairman and Paul Drury MSyI in the role of vice-chairman. Lavery and Drury were voted on to the Board of Directors in April last year having previously served on the Validation Board for several years and commence their new roles with immediate effect.

Dr Alison Wakefield FSyI, chairman of The Security Institute, commented: “I’m delighted to appoint Peter Lavery and Paul Drury as deputy chairman and vice-chairman of our Institute. They have brought significant expertise and commitment to our Board of Directors, having made considerable contributions to the Institute over many years. Both are highly regarded.”

Wakefield continued: “In the complex security climate we face today, sharing knowledge and expertise through security networks and partnerships has become more important than ever. In the deputy chairman’s role, Peter’s extensive engagement and high standing across the security community, via roles in multiple bodies including the CSSC and BSI, will help us to ensure that the Institute plays a full and active part in shaping sector-wide responses to contemporary security challenges and assist us in enhancing the understanding and reputation of our discipline.”

Paul Drury MSyI

Paul Drury MSyI

For his part, Drury has made an exceptional contribution to the development of member services within The Security Institute, having co-founded the Institute’s Membership Engagement Forum and the Membership Management Advisory Group, whereby he’s supporting the development of new Special Interest Groups including the recently-launched Built Environment Security Special Interest Group.

“Paul has also played a key role in the Institute’s website development project, identifying substantial new professional development resources for members that will be launched shortly,” added Wakefield. “In his role as vice-chairman, Paul will continue to champion member engagement and the development of member services.”

Lavery brings 30 years of expertise as a security practitioner from across the military, foreign, Commonwealth Office and private sectors (including manufacturing, finance and telecommunications) to this new role. “I look forward to supporting the continued growth of the Institute along with my fellow directors under Alison’s leadership,” enthused Lavery. “The modern security risk professional needs recognition as a key advisor and business enabler. They must be valued by fellow business professionals and contribute to wider societal security. I remain firmly committed to ensuring that the Institute plays a central role in the security sector as a thought leader, both within the UK and beyond and among all of our members.”

Drury is currently a corporate security practitioner within a FTSE 100 company, having worked in the security sector for over 20 years as well as in the public sector. He has stated that his main areas of interest are security assurance and governance, travel risk management, developing innovative ways of working and raising the profile of security.

Peter Lavery FSyI

Peter Lavery FSyI

Among Drury’s accolades are his voluntary work as vice-chairman of the Validation Board during the period between 2011 and 2014. He also formed the Validation Board Working Group, for which he served as chairman between 2012 and 2014.

On becoming vice-chairman of the Institute, Drury told Risk UK: “I’m really excited to take on this role. I feel I have a good understanding of what we do well and where we need to develop. As the Membership Management Advisory Group [co-chaired by Drury alongside Steve Massey] continues to gain momentum, we’re working on improving those areas. My focus has always been on what we offer to our members and I will continue with this in my new role, while also attracting new members and building upon our membership services and benefits. There will be some exciting announcements on this very soon. This truly demonstrates the importance that The Security Institute is placing on establishing us as the leading membership organisation for security professionals.”

Lavery replaces previous deputy chairman Andrew Nicholls MSyI while Drury fills the position previously held by Alison Wakefield, who concluded by stating: “I want to take this opportunity to thank Andrew for his massive contribution and dedication to the Institute, having joined the Board in 2011 and serving as deputy chairman since 2015. Andrew kindly stepped in as interim CEO of The Security Institute in October 2016 and held that role until Rick Mounfield’s appointment in May last year, helping to lay the foundations for the strong position in which the Institute now finds itself.”

Nicholls and immediate past-chairman Garry Evanson CSyP FSyI will remain on the Board of Directors until the Institute’s AGM in April.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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