The Security Institute appoints new Board directors at 2018 Annual General Meeting

Following on from the organisation’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 17 April, The Security Institute has announced the election of five new members of the Board with immediate effect. The individuals concerned will each serve a term of three years alongside the familiar faces of Board colleagues Dr Alison Wakefield FSyI, Peter Lavery FSyI, Paul Drury FSyI, Dr Rachel Anne Carter MSyI, Peter Houlis CSyP FSyI, Stephen Massey FSyI, Angela Vernon-Lawson FSyI, Mike White MSyI and Simon Whitehouse CSyP FSyI.

Each Board member manages a different portfolio of work which they’re tasked to develop on behalf of the Institute. The key business areas concentrated upon include research and policy, international development, education, recruitment and membership engagement.

“Institute directorships are no small undertaking,” said Dr Alison Wakefield. “I’m personally very grateful for the huge contributions that all of our directors make to our decision-making and activities. It’s not always easy to persuade people to make the commitment of putting themselves forward for the Board. Therefore, I’m also extremely grateful to our incoming directors for putting themselves forward, bringing with them as they do such a valuable and varied breadth of experience. I very much look forward to working with them.”

Tony Aston FSyI became a member of The Security Institute in 2001 and has since racked up a wealth of Institute accomplishments, becoming vice-chairman of the Validation Board in 2012 two years after joining it, then becoming chairman of the Validation Board Working Group in 2014 and, last year, a member of the Membership Management Advisory Group all before his co-option to the Board of Directors at the start of 2018.

Aston’s previous roles have included the chairmanship of the Defence Industry Security Association. He was also a serving career police officer for 27 years.

Aston said of his appointment: “I’m both delighted and honoured to have been elected to the Board of Directors of The Security Institute. I would like to extend my thanks for all the support I received across the membership in the lead up to my election at the AGM. I’m looking forward to supporting and working closely with my Board colleagues and the wider membership as the organisation continues to evolve, develop and grow.”

He continued: “In the immediate term, I’m excited by the prospect of taking on responsibility for the Validation Board, an august group of professional members who voluntarily give their time each month to ensure that all Institute membership applications are thoroughly and properly scrutinised and validated. Additionally, I’m currently engaged on two projects in collaboration with the Membership Management Advisory Group. The first surrounds the potential for conversion of student members into professional members at the end of their studies and how the organisation might encourage greater numbers of students to make that move. The second relates to the programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and whether there might be an appetite for extending mandatory annual completion to other professional membership levels in addition to that which already applies to Fellows.” 

Carl Dakin CSyP MSyI is a security consultant with a strong military background, having left the British Army in March 2013. He became a student member of the Institute while studying for a Foundation Degree at Buckinghamshire New University in 2006 before joining as a member in 2013 and becoming involved with the Building Research Establishment’s Built Environment Special Interest Group.

Dakin’s interests lie in developing his knowledge within the built environment and counter-terrorism measures for crowded spaces, but he’s also interested in academic development and assisting with creating and promoting viable pathways for CPD.

More specifically, Dakin wishes to assist the creation of a flexible pathway for those operating at the lower end of the industry who seek CPD towards a management role. His current project involves scoping the potential to create an industry apprenticeship standard that will prove to be suitable across most of the sectors in the security industry.

“I’m relatively new to security, but I’m passionate about helping to professionalise the discipline,” stated Dakin. “Although I enjoy working with my professional clients through DCL, I particularly enjoy imparting knowledge through Silverback and mentoring others to realise their potential through academic and vocational development.” 

Stuart Hughes FSyI is a member of the Institute’s Membership Management Advisory Group and became a member of the Institute itself back in 2004. With extensive international experience in the security industry, Hughes was the senior executive within Adidas responsible for global corporate security.

His security career began in the retail world as a security officer in 1995, eventually moving into supervisory, management, loss prevention, investigations, departmental head, director and executive roles.

As a career security practitioner for 23 years, and experienced across a wide range of subjects and organisational levels, Hughes is a passionate advocate of learning, personal development and of the security profession. He graduated from the University of Leicester with a PgDip in Security Risk Management and from the University of Pennsylvania Business School in the subject of Executive Leadership. Hughes has also passed the internal Adidas Executive Development Programme. He’s now managing director of his own professional services consultancy firm, namely Enterprise Security Risk, where he focuses on corporate security, risk and resilience.

“I believe that constant learning is the only way to grow both personally and professionally,” explained Hughes. “My ambition is to change the way in which security is currently seen [ie as a grudge purchase commodity] such that the discipline can take its rightful place as a strategic enabler and a source of competitive business advantage.” 

Mahbubul Islam CSyP MSyI is a civil servant with over ten years’ experience in working within physical and technical areas of security. He’s the Institute’s most recent Chartered Security Professional. Islam is currently chair for the XGov Cloud Forum and a contributor to various forums managed by ISF, CIS, the Cabinet Office and other departments within Her Majesty’s Government.

Having chaired numerous Working Groups on security, Islam was part of the original reviewer and contributor for the CESG Certified Professional Scheme standard and built the Cyber Apprentice Programme in Her Majesty’s Passport Office, as well as having evaluated material for the Cabinet Office’s dedicated Cyber Apprentice Programme on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions.

Moving forward, Islam is keen to become involved in the Institute’s Cyber Security Working Groups which are currently being developed.

“I’m a firm believer and supporter of having knowledge, experience and exposure in security and would like to support building a framework for cyber knowledge at The Security Institute. I have a keen interest in fraud and error detection and prevention as well as cyber security. I’m also interested in transportation security for the movement of Her Majesty’s Government’s assets worldwide.”

Richard Woolford MSyI spent 30 years within the Metropolitan Police Service and the City of London Police, retiring in June last year having attained the role of Commander of Operations with the strategic lead for counter-terrorism, security and operations.

As one of the chief officer team, Woolford represented and chaired multiple Boards. Nowadays, he advises clubs and police across Europe on crowd safety and security. He also reports directly to the CEO of the City of London Corporation and sits on the Strategic Security Board.

Woolford is a trustee of the Cross-Sector Safety and Security Communications initiative, a committee member of the City of London Crime Prevention Association and an Advisory Council member of TINYg.

Woolford is currently working with Rick Mounfield to affiliate the City of London Corporation’s security managers and supervisors to The Security Institute.

Also re-elected for a second term was Angela Vernon-Lawson. As director for education, Vernon-Lawson remarked: “The AGM certainly set the tone for the Board moving forward. The appetite for our members to access information, knowledge, training and educational opportunities was verified by the many conversations I had during the networking segment of the event. As I move forward with the education portfolio, along with the support of my co-directors, the aim is to identify opportunities for professional development in order to improve and upskill the sector. I look forward to working on behalf of the members, and with members through the Membership Management Advisory Group and Special Interest Groups as I begin the next phase of my commitment to the Board, but also to a profession that I’m passionate about.”

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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