Ward Security has announced its top performing employees of the year at the annual Star Employee Awards Ceremony. From its 550-strong team, Ward Security presented nine employees with a Star Award in recognition of their commitment, loyalty and outstanding achievements during 2013. Winners included employees from the London, Central, South East and West regional offices operated by the company, with two members of staff receiving special recognition awards. Alex Ambrose, who has been an employee of Ward Security for seven years, was formally recognised by receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award. Ambrose was described at the ceremony as someone” who prefers to work under the radar” and has amazed the head office team with his ability to efficiently collate and analyse data as well as problem solve. In addition, Ambrose plays a pivotal part in managing the company’s bespoke client Help Desk service. Lee Chapman was announced as winner of the coveted Employee of the Year Award which was presented by Gareth Tancred, the CEO of the British Institute of Facilities Management. Initially employed as a dog handler in May 2007, Chapman quickly progressed to the position of contract manager and is viewed by Ward Security as one of its rising stars. Chapman was described by the panel of judges as someone who is extremely proactive and diligent and an outstanding ambassador for the company. He was also noted as someone who is a thoughtful and compassionate person which is clearly visible both in the relationships he has with his clients and in his interaction with the security dogs he trains. Outstanding team members at Ward Security Commenting on the Star Employee Awards, David Ward” managing director of Ward Security” explained:” We always look forward to these awards with a great sense of pride and satisfaction. We’re delighted to host this evening as a Thank You in recognition of the outstanding team members we have at Ward Security. Such is the quality of our team that this year’s winners were harder than ever for the judges to decide upon. We would like to congratulate everyone who was nominated throughout the course of the year and, of course, our worthy winners.” The 2014 ceremony represents the seventh annual Star Employee Awards run by Ward Security and the culmination of monthly employee awards for which staff are nominated throughout the year. This year’s event took place on Friday 15 August at The Grange City Hotel in London. The full list of winners is as follows: *London Regional Award Winner 2013: Lauren Kettlety *Central Regional Award Winner 2013: John Finley *South East Regional Award Winner 2013: Tom Atley *West Regional Award Winner 2013: Allan Clarke *Response Award Winner 2013: Samuel Asiamah *Head Office Award Winner 2013: Sarah Jones *Dog Handler Award Winner 2013: Karen Jones *Outstanding Contribution Award Winner 2013: Alex Ambrose *Employee of the Year Award Winner 2013: Lee Chapman
Personnel excellence celebrated at Ward Security’s Star Employee Awards
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.