ASIS UK to host inaugural CSO Center for Leadership and Development meeting in London

ASIS International’s Chief Security Officer (CSO) Center for Leadership and Development brings together the most senior security professionals from the largest and most influential organisations in the world. Now, on Wednesday 4-Thursday 5 October, ASIS UK will host a meeting – the first of its kind to take place in central London – specifically aimed at tackling some of the issues facing CSOs today, tomorrow and into the future.

The gathering is to be informed by some leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of risk, resilience and security. Speakers/participants confirmed thus far include Dr Jon Arthur (an expert in applied risk reasoning systems for complex organisations), Roddy Drummond (head of security at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI (a leading security academic, researcher and writer and the director of PRCI as well as the Security Research Initiative), Dr Samir Puri (lecturer at Kings College London within the Department of War Studies), Chris Smith (global security risk director at HSBC) and David Thorp (executive director of the Business Continuity Institute).

The event will start with an informal networking reception on Wednesday 4 October and conclude with a dinner in the Peers’ Dining Room in the Palace of Westminster.

While attendance is by invitation only, any individuals who meet (or who are close to meeting) the eligibility criteria (see below) are invited to contact ASIS UK’s chairman David Clark CPP PCI PSP via e-mail at: for an invitation.

Typically, CSO Center membership is limited to the highest-level security professionals operational in organisations with turnovers of $500 million (or equivalent), a company that provides security services with at least US$300 million (or equivalent) in gross annual revenue, a significant Government (local/regional/national) department or agency, a significant not-for-profit or non-profit organisation or those professionals currently operational at another business, agency, facility or organisation deemed to have distinctive and notable global or national significance.

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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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