Axis Group unveils bespoke risk training and consultancy business designated Astute

The new Astute website

The new Astute website

The Axis Group – one of the UK’s fastest-growing security and support services organisations – has now launched Astute, a new business that supports other companies in managing security and mitigating risk by delivering a range of bespoke training and consultancy services.

Benefiting from the strengths of its sister company, Axis Security, Astute’s training services include bespoke qualifications that are “operationally relevant” for in-house teams, existing security practitioners or practising facilities managers simply looking to broaden their operational understanding of the sector.

Astute also provides refresher training for security operatives by way of a bespoke e-learning platform.

The business’ consultancy services adopt a contemporary view of risk management and deliver advice that’s rational, practical, reliable and appropriate. Services include project-based consultations on areas such as operational violence management and organisational security.

Richard Diston

Richard Diston

Richard Diston, director of Astute, believes that the new business will provide “fresh thinking and a unique approach” to security management training and risk consulting.

In conversation with Risk UK, Diston said: “The launch of Astute is a direct response to the increasing need for accelerating the ‘professionalisation’ of the security business sector with relevant training, while providing clients with highly qualified and commercially aware security management advice.”

For his part, Diston holds a Master’s degree (with distinction) on the subject of Security Management and harbours over 20 years’ operational security experience (including the provision of bespoke consulting services for companies in both the care and retail sectors).

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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