The Security Institute has recognised the outstanding contributions made by two companies and two individuals who have supported the organisation over the last few years by hosting Reward and Recognition presentations at Westminster Abbey.
Firstly, the Institute recognised Insafe International for its continued support to a number of Institute events including sponsorship of the Annual Remembrance Lecture. The award was received by Alan Bullock MSyI.
Second, Scotland-based security guarding solutions specialist SecuriGroup was formally thanked for organising and sponsoring Scottish member events, including arranging speakers and organising the conference facilities. The award was received by Russel Kerr MSyI, the company’s managing director.
The Institute also recognised two individuals for their tireless support. As chairman of the Validation Board Working Group, Tony Aston FSyI has given unending commitment to an operation which is instrumental in awarding categories of membership and ensuring the process remains robust.
Finally, for his continued support of the Institute’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme and for helping to ensure that the system is fit for purpose, Peter Finch CSyP FSyI was similarly recognised for his hard work in raising the standards expected of members by encouraging continuous development.
The Security Institute “exists for its members”
Andrew Nicholls, the Institute’s deputy chairman, commented: “The Institute is a volunteer organisation which is dependent on the support of members who contribute towards its activities. It also relies on organisations to help sponsor our various events. On that basis, it’s important that the Institute is able to recognise the special work contributed to its success by members and supporters alike. The organisation should also be able to recognise some exceptional act or achievement by security professionals who are not necessarily members.”
Nicholls added: “A large number of our members contribute in some way towards the work of the Institute, as do a number of suppliers, so this Reward and Recognition scheme is designed to acknowledge people who have gone the extra mile and made a really special contribution towards the success of the Institute. We are an organisation that exists for our members and we also need to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors.”
Any member of the Institute is able to nominate an individual or organisation for a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’.
The presentations took place on Wednesday 19 August at Westminster Abbey. Westminster Abbey, of course, is one of the most notable religious buildings in the United Kingdom and has been the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English and, later, British monarchs.
All of this year’s certificates were presented by Garry Evanson CSyP, the chairman of The Security Institute. Evanson is also head of security and emergency planning at Westminster Abbey, a role that encompasses disaster planning, leading on all aspects of security for Royal events as well as responsibility for all fire safety, the insurance portfolio and the Abbey Business Risk Registers.
Evanson is a member of the Senior Executive Team and reports directly to the Receiver General, Sir Stephen Lamport.
*The Security Institute would like to acknowledge the generous support of Susan Chappel, retail director for Brown’s Restaurants, for donating gifts
Input on National Occupational Standards
Skills for Security is currently working on the following National Occupational Standards projects and would welcome the input of Security Institute members with a view to the NOS’ development and further improvement:
- CCTV Managers
- Community Wardens
- Cash and Valuables in Transit
- Cash Processing Operations
To access the draft NOS documents and make comment follow the options on this web page: http://www.skillsforsecurity.org.uk/index.php/help/35/2
Closing date for feedback: Monday 14 September 2015