Call for Entries now open for UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards 2020

The entry process for the 2020 UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) has now opened, with the event organisers calling for nominations. Entries are welcomed from now until 1 October 2019. Nominations are invited across a number of categories.

This year’s categories are Outstanding In-House Security Manager/Director, Outstanding Contract Security Manager/Director, Outstanding Security Team, Outstanding Contract Security Company (Guarding), Outstanding Security Consultant, Outstanding Customer Service Initiative, Outstanding Security Training Initiative, Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator, Outstanding Event Security Team, Outstanding Security Partnership, Outstanding Security Equipment Manufacturer, Outstanding New Security Product, Outstanding Security Officer, Outstanding Young Security Professional, Outstanding Cyber Security Initiative and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Adjudication on the UK OSPAs is undertaken by an esteemed independent panel, the members of which have been nominated by the leading security associations.

Winners will be selected from finalists and presented with their awards at a prestigious awards dinner taking place on Wednesday 26 February 2020 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in central London.

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI

OSPAs founder and director Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI told Risk Xtra: “The security industry plays a vital role in safeguarding public and private sector organisations and the general public. There are many companies and talented individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty to protect property, people and assets and they deserve to be recognised. The OSPAs provide an independent platform to showcase the exceptional and unconditional work that’s being done by so many. It’s hugely important that we reward and acknowledge the incredible contribution made in keeping us all safe.”

Information on nomination criteria and how to enter can be found at

The UK OSPAs are now in their fourth year and Innovise Software is sponsoring the awards for the second consecutive year.

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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