Commenting in the End of Year Report, ASIS UK’s Board of Directors – comprising Caroline Bashford, Graham Bassett, Darren Carter CPP, Stephen Emmins, Mike Hurst CPP FSyI FIRP, James Morris CPP and Russell Penny CPP – have focused on the “numerous successes” achieved by the organisation across 2019, at the same time recognising that all of those achievements are overshadowed by the devastating loss of former chapter chair David Clark CPP PCI PSP.
ASIS UK now boasts upwards of 200 members (among them 27 newly-certified members). Around 25% of ASIS UK’s members now hold at least one of the recognised ASIS certifications, with the desire being to see that number rise to one third.
During the course of the year, over 900 security professionals have attended ASIS UK-run events including the ever-popular quarterly seminars, CPE Days, Young Professionals Group gatherings and events focused on diversity.
In terms of the leadership team, three new Board directors have been appointed during the year, namely James Morris CPP (in the role of Chapter 208 secretary), Russell Penny CPP and Darren Carter CPP. There’s also a new treasurer (in the shape of David Marsh CPP) and a new Women in Security director, with Nicky Thompson taking the latter role. Iskandar Jefferies CPP is the new director of the Young Professionals Group.
Impoirtantly, a “very substantial increase” has been reported for ASIS UK’s operating surplus for year end 31.10.2019 compared to year end 31.10.2018. ASIS UK is, of course, a not-for-profit body so it’s a surplus rather than a profit.
A full financial update will be delivered at the organisation’s AGM to be held in central London on 27 February 2020. ASIS UK also reports a “significant increase” in its bank balance/reserves.
As always, industry engagement has been a key area of development for ASIS UK. Once again, the popular ASIS Members’ Lounges ran at IFSEC International and at the International Security Expo. ASIS UK operated stands at Security and Counter-Terror Expo, at The Security Event and across the Security TWENTY series of events in addition to having a presence at other third party gatherings.
ASIS UK has continued to be a leading member of The Security Commonwealth, which won the Partnering Initiative of the Year Award at the 2019 IFSEC Security and Fire Excellence Awards.
There was a healthy UK presence at ASIS Europe 2019 (for which Risk Xtra once again served as an Official Media Partner) and the Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2019. In addition, ASIS UK members have engaged on ASIS Councils, the European Governance Task Force and The ASIS Foundation.
Communications have been equally important throughout the year. ASIS UK won the ASIS International Newsletter of the Year Award for 2019 and now produces a weekly eNews bulletin. A new (occasional) Education Newsletter has been launched alongside a new ASIS UK Chapter 208 Profile and Buyers’ Guide to help promote sponsors and supporters.
In the social media sphere, the organisation now boasts 4,200 Twitter followers and has approaching 700 members active within its dedicated LinkedIn Group. The launch of the UK Community Page on ASIS Connects was also heralded in 2019. Last, but by no means least, ASIS UK is all set to unveil its new website in 2020.
Supporting the UK’s security community
In a joint statement, the Board of Directors said: “We hope David Clark would be proud of the achievements we’ve listed here, and in which he himself played such a big part over several years. Particular thanks go to the Operations Board and, indeed, all of the other volunteer leaders across Chapter 208 who’ve done so much to support the UK’s dedicated security community. The fact that so much has been achieved in 2019 is testament to the hard work of these volunteers who give freely of their time and talent. Finally, we are indebted to our sponsors, exhibitors and supporters for their ongoing commitment to the work we do.”