BSIA’s regional Security Personnel Awards 2017 highlight “exceptional” industry talent

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced the winners of its regional Security Personnel Awards for 2017. Now in their nineteenth year, the prestigious annual awards serve to recognise the outstanding achievements and invaluable contributions made by professionals working within the UK’s private security industry.

The Security Personnel Awards are presented in five different categories: Best Team, Outstanding Act, Service to the Customer, Best Newcomer and Best Use of Technology. This year, there are over 30 regional winners across all five categories covering the UK.

“Each year, I’m humbled to learn of the truly outstanding work undertaken by security officers in their daily roles, and this year is no exception,” commented James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA. “These awards are a fantastic way in which to showcase the hard work and talent exhibited by individual officers and teams within the industry, ranging from life-saving actions to intelligent uses of new technology. The BSIA prides itself upon representing the very best in the security industry. There’s no doubt that these winners are a testament to the true quality of our members.”

The regional award presentations will be taking place across the UK over the coming months, with each of the winners being put forward to the national judging phase. The national winners will then be announced at the Trade Association’s Annual Luncheon, to be held in central London on Wednesday 12 July.

As always, the BSIA would like to thank Camberford Law plc – specialist insurance broker to the security industry – for its generous sponsorship of the Security Personnel Awards since their inception.

The full list of 2017 regional winners is as follows: 

Best Newcomer

Erin Jackson (SecuriGroup Services – Scotland), John Moore (Robinson Services – Northern Ireland) and Simon Searle (Vision Security Group – London) 

Service to the Customer

Paul Wignall (Guardforce Security Services – South East), Winston Cooper (Mitie Total Security Management – London), Phillip Hillman (Mitie Total Security Management – South West), Thomas Monteith (Sword Security – Northern Ireland), Stephen O’Connor (Vision Security Group – North West), Bill Stephen (Vision Security Group – Scotland), Abs Shabbir (Vision Security Group – South East) and Tom Lewis (The Westgrove Group – Midlands)

Best Team

Southampton General Hospital Security Team (Mitie Total Security Management – South East), North Bristol Trust Southmead Team (OCS UK – South West), Skypark Security Team (Palmaris Services Ltd – Scotland), VSG Sony Pictures Entertainment Team (Vision Security Group – London), Bullring Security Team (Vision Security Group – Midlands), JLL Bridgewater Place Team (Vision Security Group – North East), Eagles Meadow Security Team (Vision Security Group – North West), Union Square Security Team (Vision Security Group – Scotland) and the Princes Quay Shopping Centre Team (The Westgrove Group – Yorkshire) 

Outstanding Act

Kimberly Gatenby (Mitie Total Security Management – North West), Peter Jebb (Robinson Services – Northern Ireland), Charles Stewart (SecuriGroup Services – Scotland), Steven Barthram (Vision Security Group – London), Don Murray and Kay Singh (Vision Security Group – Midlands), Joe Pearce (Vision Security Group – Midlands), John Atkins (Vision Security Group – North East), the Oracle Shopping Centre Team (Vision Security Group – South East) and Megin Dorrian (The Westgrove Group – North West) 

Best Use of Technology

Andrew Horner (Kings Security Systems – Yorkshire), Samson Ighodaro (Mitie Total Security Management – London), Steven McKenzie (SecuriGroup Services – Scotland) and Jason Thomas (The Westgrove Group – South West)

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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