Counter-Terrorism policing specialist Paul Barnard joins Board of The Security Institute

Paul Barnard

Paul Barnard

The Security Institute has announced the co-option of Paul Barnard MSt MSyI to the organisation’s Board of Directors. Barnard has now filled the one remaining place on the Board following this year’s elections at the Institute’s Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 17 April.

Barnard began his current role at Ward Security as director of security, risk and mitigation in January of this year, specifically leading on two initiatives: the City Security Council and Young People Security Futures.

His impressive CV also includes serving as Detective Superintendent and Detective Chief Superintendent for counter-terrorism in the City of London Police with overall responsibility for the delivery of CONTEST policing and engagement with strategic partners, including the Home Office.

Barnard is an experienced speaker on the subject of counter-terrorism, having presented his thoughts at last year’s OSAC seminar in New York and at the ASIS International seminar in Dallas last September.

Barnard was awarded a Master’s Degree in Applied Criminology from Cambridge University in 2015.

Dr Alison Wakefield FSyI, chair of The Security Institute, is “delighted” to welcome Barnard to the Institute’s Board of Directors. “Paul joins us with an impressive background as a senior counter-terrorism policing specialist, Committee Member of the City of London Crime Prevention Association and Board member of the CSSC South East Region, among his many roles and achievements,” stated Wakefield.

“As well as being a key influencer within our community, Paul is passionate about promoting career pathways for young people into the security profession and is already working with us to develop our capability in this area. His director portfolio will be linked to these aspirations. We encourage other security professionals who share an interest in enhancing career opportunities for young people to contact him via e-mail at We’re very privileged to gain Paul’s expertise on the Institute’s Board and I’m very much looking forward to working with him.”

Of his co-option, Barnard stated: “I’m delighted to have been selected as a director of The Security Institute. The progressive and strategic intents of the Institute are widely recognised and growing. It’s a body which is the professional voice of the security industry. We have a duty to raise standards, and this will include my portfolio in providing clear career pathways and enabling teenagers to understand what the security industry is and the types of careers it can offer. We will work with strategic partners to turn this into a purposeful and genuine project. Work is already underway. I’m staggered at the overwhelming support we have already received.”

Barnard will formally stand for election at the next Annual General Meeting of The Security Institute in 2019.

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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