BSIA prepares to honour security sector’s finest professionals at 2016 Annual Luncheon

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) will soon be recognising the industry’s finest talent at its upcoming 2016 Annual Luncheon, scheduled to take place on Tuesday 12 July at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.

The Annual Luncheon is the Association’s flagship event, enabling members and colleagues from across the security business sector to join forces in celebrating the industry’s achievements of the past year, while also networking with VIPs from Government, the police service and other key stakeholder representatives.

The event an excellent platform for recognising the commendable and limitless contributions that security personnel make to the industry and the wider community each and every day through the Association’s awards programme. As ever, accolades will be presented to the national winners of the Security Personnel of the Year Awards, the Apprentice Installer Awards, the CVIT Special Awards and the BSIA Chairman’s Awards.

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, commented: “The Association’s Annual Luncheon is always a highlight in the security calendar, and one that I know many of our members look forward to each and every year. The BSIA is proud to represent the very best of the security industry. Our annual awards programme enables us to showcase the enormous amount of talent that’s present within the sector.”

Keynote Speaker: Chris Moon

This year, the awards will be presented by former British Army officer and inspirational speaker Chris Moon, who’ll also be delivering a Keynote Speech. Moon spent time clearing landmines in Asia and Africa, and survived being taken prisoner in Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge by successfully negotiating his own release and that of two colleagues from threatened execution.

However, back in 1995 Moon was injured in a supposedly safe area of a minefield in remote East Africa, losing an arm and a leg. Within a year of leaving hospital, he had run the London Marathon and raised significant sums of money to help disabled people in the developing world.

Moon later became the world’s first amputee ultra-distance runner and completed the gruelling Marathon Des Sables in 1997. Subsequently, he has also finished the world’s toughest ultra-marathons.

James Kelly: CEO of the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO of the BSIA

“I’d like to encourage anyone involved in the UK’s private security business sector to join the BSIA at our Annual Luncheon this year,” stated James Kelly. “The event is always well attended by colleagues from all sectors of the industry, and presents a great opportunity to reflect on achievements realised over the past year.”

Tickets to the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon are available at a cost of £135 +VAT per person for BSIA members or £150 +VAT per person for non-BSIA members. Tickets can be booked via the Association’s website at: www.bsia.co.uk/events. Alternatively, contact the events team on (tel) 0203 585 1447 or via e-mail: events@bsia.co.uk

The BSIA would like to extend its thanks to this year’s sponsors:

• Annual Luncheon: TSS Security UK in association with Regency Security Group Ltd
• Security Personnel of the Year Awards/Drinks Reception: Camberford Law plc
• Apprentice Installer Awards: Eaton Security
• CVIT Special Awards: SaferCash
• Event Security: Executive Management Security Ltd
• VIP Drinks Reception: Contract Security Services Ltd

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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