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“Significant and lifelong contributions” to the security sector recognised by BSIA Chairman’s Awards

by Brian Sims

Individuals and teams have been presented with prestigious British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Chairman’s Awards to celebrate the significant contributions they’ve made towards the ongoing success of the UK’s private security business sector.

Personally selected by the BSIA’s chairman Dirk Wilson (managing director at Sector Security Services), the Chairman’s Awards serve to recognise the significant or lifelong contributions in five different categories. These are as follows: Contribution to Standards, Contribution to the Community, Contribution to the Industry, Contribution to Training and Contribution to Exporting.

The 2016 Chairman’s Award for Contribution to Standards was presented to Martin Harvey, head of regulatory affairs at Tyco/ADT. Harvey has been involved with the fire and security industries for more than four decades, and has made a significant contribution to the development of standards within that time. He has been involved in various committees and organisations relating to standards, initially with the British Fire Protection Systems Association, before becoming chairman of the Fire Industry Association in 2012.

Harvey is now working with a number of BSI and CENELEC Security Systems Committees, using his expertise to shape and form standards. He represents the UK on three key Standards Committees for alarm systems, Alarm Receiving Centres and integrated systems and has an enthusiasm to see the security industry keep pace with changes in technology. Harvey is dedicated to the development of Best Practice in the security industry.

The award for Contribution to the Community was presented to Vigilance Properties Ltd, a company that has its beginnings within the social enterprise arena, having been established in 2008 with the aim of improving the lives of ex-Armed Forces men and women. Studies suggest that as many as 5,000 former services personnel are homeless in the UK at any one time, with over 20% of them to be found in London alone. Vigilance Properties’ track record in rebuilding productive lives for those struggling in such ways is very strong indeed.

The company’s commitment to the community extends beyond its recruitment ethos – which has nurtured over 600 former soldiers to develop civilian careers in security over the past eight years – to encompass dedicated fundraising efforts, particularly around London Poppy Day in support of the Royal British Legion. Staff from Vigilance Properties volunteer with thousands of Armed Forces personnel across London to raise funds and, in the last two years, have generated a staggering £77,000 for this worthy cause.

The BSIA Chairman’s Award for Contribution to the Industry was presented to Detective Inspector Georgina Barnard who has been closely involved with the Police and Security (PaS) initiative since its inception in 2014. Barnard’s support of the private security industry through PaS has been extremely well received, and proven to be instrumental in ensuring that the initial enthusiasm for the PaS concept hasn’t stood still, but has instead been translated into positive actions and outcomes.

Barnard has been extremely proactive in introducing and supporting discussion between the Metropolitan Police Service and the private security industry. Her boundless energy and enthusiasm for creating a positive atmosphere between the police and members of the private security business sector has contributed to significant steps forward in the working relationship between both parties.

The 2016 Chairman’s Award for Contribution to Training serves to recognise those who have made significant efforts towards equipping the industry with the skills and knowledge it needs to develop and innovate. This year, the award was presented to Emily O’Mahony, head of learning and development at Securitas UK.

As a business, Securitas has engendered a renewed focus on the training and development of more than 13,000 staff and, since taking up her post, O’Mahony has created and led a strategy to change and secure the shift in skills and output as a result. In 2015, the company opened a new Training and Development Academy featuring state-of-the-art training equipment at its heart and, within the space of a year, achieved its status as a City & Guilds Accredited Training Centre (which is somewhat unique in the private security industry). This achievement was largely due to O’Mahony’s leadership and “tireless dedication” to achieving this aim.

Last, but not least, the 2016 award for Contribution to Exporting goes to John Davies, managing director of TDSi and chairman of the BSIA’s Export Council. Davies has been a driving force and keen supporter of the BSIA’s Export Council, serving twice as its chairman. First elected vice-chairman of the Export Council in 2008, Davies has worked very closely with the Association to provide salient advice and guidance for other security companies who are less experienced exporters.

Davies first became chairman of the Export Council in 2010. Around the same time, he served on the UKTI DSO’s Security Sector Advisory Group, assisting the Government in identifying security export opportunities.

Davies started his second tenure as chairman of the Export Council last year, and continues to be a strong voice for exporting in the industry. He now serves concurrently on the Home Office’s Security Resilience and Growth Partnership as an authoritative voice on exporting in the security business sector.

Commenting on the Chairman’s Awards in general, Dirk Wilson explained: “I’m proud to be able to recognise these individuals and teams whose commitment and dedication has made a lasting impression on our industry, both here in the UK and abroad. The actions of this year’s winners have all served to promote our business sector in a positive light, and I’m delighted to be able to commend the significant impact they’ve made.”

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