BSIA’s national industry award winners demonstrate high value of security personnel

The Westgrove Group's Tom Lewis (left) picks up his certificate for being national winner in the Service to the Customer category from the BSIA's CEO James Kelly

The Westgrove Group’s Tom Lewis (left) picks up his certificate for being national winner in the Service to the Customer category from the BSIA’s CEO James Kelly

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced the national winners of its 2017 Security Personnel Awards. The award presentations took place on Wednesday 12 July at the Trade Association’s Annual Luncheon, held at the Grand Connaught Rooms near London’s Covent Garden. As well as being a celebration of the outstanding achievements of security personnel, the Annual Luncheon was a particularly special occasion as it was also a celebration of the BSIA’s 50th Anniversary.

The renowned Security Personnel Awards are currently in their nineteenth year and have been sponsored by Camberford Law plc – specialist insurance broker to the security industry – since their inception. The awards themselves serve to recognise the talent, dedication, skill and bravery exhibited by security personnel in their roles each and every day.

This year, there was a special commendation, runner-up and overall winner for each of the five categories: Outstanding Act, Best Newcomer, Best Use of Technology, Service to the Customer and Best Team.

Discussing the value of the Security Personnel Awards, James Kelly (CEO at the BSIA) explained: “The past year has been extremely testing for the United Kingdom, with numerous terror events shocking the nation. In times like these, it’s important to recognise the true value of security personnel, who are often the first responders during emergency situations and play a vital role in keeping our country safe. This year’s winners are a perfect testament to the truly high calibre of personnel we have working within our industry.”

Kelly went on to add: “We received a high number of fantastic nominations this year, making the judging process a tough one. This year’s winners should be extremely proud of their achievements.”

This year’s Keynote Speaker at the Annual Luncheon was renowned publisher, writer and broadcaster Andrew Neil, who entertained guests with discussions about the political climate in the UK, Europe and the United States.

Talking about the company’s long-standing support of the Security Personnel Awards, David Ottewill (managing director at Camberford Law plc) commented: “Camberford Law plc is delighted to be involved in sponsoring the BSIA’s Security Personnel Awards 2017. We applaud and encourage the promotion of professionalism within the industry and also the hard work and dedication required by the entrants to achieve their accolades. We’ve been insuring security companies for over 30 years. All-too-often, though, the work of the security company and its constituent individuals is overlooked, despite the fact that these businesses play such a crucial role in public life. We feel it’s only fair to recognise the outstanding achievers in this field. Well done to all the 2017 finalists.”

Outstanding Act

Special Commendation: Charles Stewart – SecuriGroup Services

Runner-Up: John Atkins – Vision Security Group (VSG)

Overall Winner: Megin Dorrian – The Westgrove Group 

Best Newcomer 

Special Commendation: John Moore – Robinson Services

Runner-Up: Erin Jackson – SecuriGroup Services

Overall Winner: Simon Searle – Vision Security Group (VSG)

Best Use of Technology

Special Commendation: Jason Thomas – The Westgrove Group

Runner-Up: Steven McKenzie – SecuriGroup Services

Overall Winner: Andrew Horner – Kings Security Systems

Service to the Customer

Special Commendation: Phillip Hillman – Mitie Total Security Management

Runner-Up: Winston Cooper – Mitie Total Security Management

Overall Winner: Tom Lewis – The Westgrove Group

Best Team

Special Commendation: JLL Bridgewater Place Security Team – Vision Security Group (VSG)

Runner-Up: North Bristol NHS Trust Southmead Hospital Security Team – OCS Group UK

Overall Winner: Union Square Security Team – Vision Security Group (VSG)

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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