2019 British Security Awards winners unveiled by British Security Industry Association

The national winners of the British Security Awards 2019 have been announced. Organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and held at the London Grosvenor Marriott Hotel, the awards showcased the national finals of the Security Personnel of the Year categories, Bravery Awards for Cash-in-Transit staff, the best National and International Partnerships, the most Innovative Security Project, SME and Business of the Year and also the coveted Contribution to the Industry Award.

This year also saw the return of the prestigious BSIA Chairman’s Award, which was presented by current BSIA chairman Simon Banks of the CSL Group.

The awards were presented by journalist and broadcaster Jane Moore, with the Bravery Awards presented by Sarah Boycott, Assistant Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police. This was the first time in the history of the BSIA that the headline speakers for the Trade Association’s annual gathering in central London were both female.

The 2019 winners of the British Security Awards are as follows:

Best Newcomer: Lauren Summers (VSG)

In the short time that she has been in her role as an intelligence researcher, Lauren Summers has mastered the techniques required to assist more experienced intelligence analysts with information gathering on threats and risks. Indeed, Summers is well on track towards becoming an intelligence analyst and has surpassed expectations in terms of service delivery to the client.

Best Use of Technology: Jim Mills (G4S) for Project Vision

Jim Mills has been recognised for Project Vision, incorporating the careful extension of CCTV to 100% coverage and the introduction of monitoring and reactive processes. The team can now proactively follow suspicious parties and also carry out retrospective investigations. Mills identified an issue, worked up a solution and used his initiative and experience to develop new technology.

Outstanding Act: David Rutwaza (G4S)

David Rutwaza has been recognised for three truly outstanding acts: protecting a PCSO from a hammer assault while sustaining serious injury to himself, defending and then delivering First Aid to an OAP after a brutal gang attack while taking numerous blows in the process and, finally, for coaxing down a suicidal girl from a bridge and attending to her until her parents arrived on the scene.

Service to the Customer: Steve Allen (Westgrove Group)

Steve Allen has shown great commitment to assisting his client with reducing energy consumption and increasing waste recycling, resulting in a reduction of electricity consumption by over 30% as well as cutting landfill to zero waste. In addition, Allen has presided over a 62% drop in anti-social behaviour at the Shopping Centre where’s he’s based, bucking trends for the city.

Best Team: Eurostar Security Team (Mitie)

The team at Mitie is recognised for exceptional levels of teamwork, from their work on disability awareness, e-gate management and disruption support through to dealing effectively with major incidents. The team interacts with people from across the world, adapting to all languages, ethnicities and religions, showing a real commitment and skill for providing a great service.

Apprentice of the Year: Sam Howard (EFT Systems)

Sam Howard is an apprentice with EFT Systems. The business is in no doubt about his commitment to the industry. Howard has excelled throughout college and in EFT Systems’ Training Academy. He’s already installing competently in his second year and recently completed his flagship installation at Leeds Armouries, installing a brand-new EMS fire alarm to the value of £345,000.

National Partnership Award: The Security Institute and the Volunteer Police Cadets for the Next Generation Security Initiative

The Next Generation Security Initiative has given young people a unique insight into the world of security that otherwise would not have been available. Already, over 150 young people have taken part and been given the opportunity through industry collaboration to choose a career path in one of the many diverse businesses in the security sector, in turn helping to set the foundations for the next generation of security professionals.

International Partnership Award: Concept Smoke Screen (for ‘Sentinel Connect’)

Concept Smoke Screen worked with ASB in Holland to create ‘Sentinel Connect’, a simple and effective solution for the Brazilian market that uses IP-enabled fog generators directly linked to monitoring services that can self-diagnose and act as a standalone security system, with the option for the end user to ‘dial in’ remotely via smart phone to manage the system.

Innovative Security Project: Selectamark Security Systems (for SelectaDNA)

SelectaDNA tagging spray is an innovative product that deters and prevents personal attack and criminal behaviour, including moped and motorcycle-enabled crimes. It has been a major factor in the reduction in the number of times scooters were used to commit crime, leading to numerous arrests and successful convictions.

SME of the Year: CSL Group

CSL Group provides secure connectivity solutions to the fire, security and telecare sectors. In 2018, the acquisition of WebWayOne enabled the business to enhance with new software capabilities, in turn underpinning international growth ambitions. The company has developed numerous products such as its quick and reliable 4G connectivity solution the CSL Router.

Business of the Year: Securitas UK

In the last 12 months, Securitas UK has been officially recognised as a Top Employer by the Top Employers Institute for its commitment to delivering exceptional people management and was also awarded Business Superbrand status. As a Living Wage Foundation Service Provider, Securitas is working towards a real Living Wage for all officers by 2020 as well as working to achieve a greater gender diversity.

Contribution to the Industry: Andy Gilmore (AAI Security Systems)

Andy Gilmore has played a major role on a number of security committees over the years and his knowledge and understanding has proven important in adding both value to these committees and the wider security industry. With a clear understanding of what’s required to deliver a quality service, Gilmore’s commitment to the industry has helped in raising standards by demanding the best from all parties involved.

SaferCash Bravery Award (Industry): Surrendra Chongbang (Loomis)

Surrendra Chongbang is recognised for his actions during a raid where he delayed the attackers gaining entry into the Bastian Unit even though his colleague had a hand gun held to his head, and then delayed opening the safe unit of the ATM, again although under the threat of being shot.

SaferCash Bravery Award (Public): Domas Bagdonavicius, Krzysztof Gacki and Radu Brad

The courageous actions of the three deserving winners ensured that there was no loss to the Post Office and helped to put a dangerous criminal back behind bars.

BSIA Chairman’s Award: David Snook

Mike Reddington

Mike Reddington

BSIA CEO Mike Reddington stated: “The British Security Awards is a major celebration in the security industry calendar that recognises the talent and commitment of our industry’s finest. We have an industry fit to burst with positive ambassadors from within our sector, from young officers starting out right through to seasoned professionals. Each one of them recognised in the 2019 British Security Awards has gone above and beyond expectations, demonstrating courage, innovation, customer service and contribution to the industry.”

Reddington concluded: “This year’s winners and finalists should be very proud of their achievements, as indeed are ourselves and the industry whom they represent.”

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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