ASIS UK Police Liaison receives OBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours list

Richard Stones OBE

Richard Stones OBE

ASIS UK Police Liaison Committee Member Richard Stones CSyP has been awarded an OBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours for services to the police and business.

Stones was the first serving police officer worldwide to be awarded Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) status back in 2011. He’s also a Fellow of The Security Institute and a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals.

On receiving the award, Stones explained: “It’s great to be recognised in this way. I was shocked but delighted when I received the letter. I hope this accolade will help in raising the profile of ASIS, particularly in policing circles where a closer collaboration with business and industry standards would help us all.”

Speaking about this development, ASIS UK’s Chapter chairman Andy Williams CPP said: “With the police service in the UK being subject to further budget reductions, the pressure on non-front line departments to reduce expenditure while at the same time improving efficiencies is huge. Set in that context, it’s particularly gratifying to see the great work that Richard has undertaken being rewarded in this way. As a former police officer myself, I’m particularly proud that Richard is working as part of the ASIS UK team in his policing liaison role.”

Stones, who is Staff Officer to the National Policing Lead for business crime reduction, holds an MSc in Security and Risk Management and is a Visiting Fellow at Derby University.

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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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