2019 UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards winners announced in London

The third UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) Ceremony took place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in central London on Thursday 28 February. Over 450 security professionals gathered to celebrate the very best from across the sector with dinner and a presentation event hosted by Susannah Fish OBE QPM (the former chief constable of Nottinghamshire Police, national gun crime lead and national lead for business crime, private security industry liaison and information sharing).

OSPAs founder Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI commented: “The OSPAs provide an independent platform to showcase excellence and outstanding performance across the sector, in turn ensuring that those who contribute towards maintaining high standards are recognised and rewarded.”

Gill continued: “Each year, the calibre of the nominations exceeds expectations and makes the job of selecting the winners particularly challenging for the Judging Panel. All those that were selected as finalists and winners demonstrated that they really are the very best and should feel extremely proud of themselves.”

The 2019 UK OSPA winners are as follows:

Outstanding Contract Security Manager/Director

Robert Woodward (Sodexo)

Outstanding In-House Security Manager/Director

Lisa Corbridge (Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)

Outstanding Security Team

CriticalArc (Heriot-Watt University Safeguarding Team)

Outstanding Security Consultant

Mike Bluestone CSyP FSyI (Corps Security)

Outstanding Contract Security Company

CIS Security

Outstanding Customer Service Initiative

Project Dixon (Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)

Outstanding Security Training Initiative

Stephen Beels (Auxilia Consultancy)

Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator

Mitie TSM

Outstanding Security Partnership

Croma Vigilant in Partnership with London Borough of Camden (RSP)

Outstanding Event Security Team

FGH Security – Events Division

Outstanding New Security Product

Thruvision for the Thruvision TAC people screening camera

Outstanding Security Equipment Manufacturer


Outstanding Security Officer

Stephen O’Conner (VSG)

Outstanding Young Security Professional

Nikki Boakye (CIS Security)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Carl Palmer (CIS Security)

The OSPAs supports The Clink Charity, with guests at the London event making donations to help channel offenders into meaningful work streams and therefore assisting them to desist from crime.

The event organisers would like to thank all those who have helped to make the third UK OSPAs event such a success:

*Sponsors: Innovise (headline sponsor), Edith Cowan University (trophies and certificates), Audax (drinks reception), ADS, Axis Security, NSI, International Security Expo, The Security Institute and TrackTik (category sponsors), ICTS UK & Ireland (menu sponsor)

*Supporters: ASIS International UK Chapter and The Security Commonwealth

*Media Partners: AllSecurityEvents.com, Infologue.com, Professional Security and Risk Xtra

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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