Baroness Ruth Henig appointed chair of Chartered Security Professionals Registration Authority

Baroness Ruth Henig CBE

Baroness Ruth Henig CBE

After an eight-year term as chairman of the Chartered Security Professionals Registration Authority (CSPRA), Lord Alex Carlile CBE QC has stepped down from the role and passed the baton to The Security Institute’s President Baroness Ruth Henig CBE.

The CSPRA is the Committee which was established to oversee the management and maintenance of standards for the Register of Chartered Security Professionals (RCSP).

Don Randall MBE CSyP, a member of the CSPRA Committee, observed: “It is with enormous pleasure that we welcome Baroness Ruth Henig as the new chair of the CSPRA. We also thank Lord Alex for his chairmanship, wisdom and astute guidance to the CSPRA Board over the past eight years.”

Commenting on her appointment, Baroness Henig (former chair of the Security Industry Authority) said: “It’s a great honour to follow Lord Alex Carlile as chair. I very much look forward to working with senior security professionals on the Registration Authority. We all share a strong commitment to raise professional standards across the private security sector and encourage those working in the industry to gain Chartered status.”

Lord Alex Carlile

Lord Alex Carlile CBE QC

To date, the RCSP holds the names of 138 individuals, each of whom have passed a rigorous application process including a professional interview and have been practising in their areas of expertise at a strategic level. Competency skills required focus on security knowledge and application, but applicants must also demonstrate solid and proven leadership and communication skills and a commitment to ongoing personal development in their professional security career. The Register includes academics, corporate heads of security, security providers, cyber specialists and consultants.

The RCSP was established under a Royal Charter issued to the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP) in the UK and launched in 2011. Registrants use CSyP as a post-nominal and are called Chartered Security Professionals (CSyP). Becoming a CSyP is a means of being recognised and continuing to represent the highest standards and ongoing proficiency. It’s viewed as the ‘Gold Standard’ of competence in security.​

Applications to become Chartered are managed by The Security Institute on behalf of the WCoSP. Licenced organisations are The Security Institute and ASIS International’s UK Chapter 208, who can both mentor and support CSyP applicants.​

The RCSP is recognised across the UK, including by the SIA, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and also membership organisations (among them the Association of Security Consultants and the International Professional Security Association).

Held this year at the Central Criminal Court (ie the Old Bailey) in the City of London, the Annual CSyP Presentation Dinner celebrated another successful year of admissions. During the evening, Lord Alex presented certificates of admittance to ten new entrants.

*Visit the RCSP website to learn more about achieving CSyP status or, alternatively, send an e-mail to: info@charteredsecurityprofessional.org

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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