David Clark CPP PCI PSP FISRM FInstLM: An Obituary



The Board of ASIS International’s UK Chapter 208 has informed the security profession that David Clark CPP PCI PSP FISRM FInstLM, head of security and logistics at The Francis Crick Institute and chairman of the UK Chapter for the last four years, passed away in hospital during the early hours of Monday 14 October following a short illness.

Clark harboured a proven track record of designing and delivering global strategic and operational security and resilience programmes for several high-profile private and public sector organisations specifically designed to increase security effectiveness and reduce risk.

During his career, Clark worked for many top tier organisations, among them Allied Universal, the South Bank Employers Group, Bloomberg and Whitehall Security Services. At The Francis Crick Institute, where he was in direct charge of 50-plus members of staff, Clark designed and implemented the organisation’s security and risk programme. For Allied Universal, where he reported directly to the CEO, Clark was instrumental in 90% of the company’s locations being reduced to a low risk status.

In the role of security and risk manager for the South Bank Employers Group, Clark oversaw the installation of physical risk mitigation solutions and also implemented a bespoke risk mitigation strategy.

Clark was a prominent figure in the wider security industry and, to his great credit, devoted much of his time to its advancement. As stated, he served as the chairman of ASIS International’s UK Chapter 208 for four years, was a member of the CSO Centre and a London First SRN Advisory Board member and also served for two years as chairman of The Security Commonwealth.

In addition, Clark was a member of the Security Industry Authority’s Strategic Forum, a member of AUCSO, the Association of Security Consultants, Project Griffin’s National Executive Board and, indeed, the Internet of Things Security Forum.

Importantly, Clark was a passionate supporter of many industry initiatives including the ongoing desire for a reduction in knife crime. He was a fervent supporter of increased diversity and inclusion across the security business sector, and was always helpful towards those transitioning from backgrounds in the Armed Forces to a career in the security world.

Indeed, Clark was proud to serve in the Welsh Guards for five years as part of the British Army.

Clark’s loss to the industry cannot be overstated. Above all else, he was a family man, a respected leader, a valued colleague and a great friend to many.

The thoughts and sympathies of everyone here at Pro-Activ Publications and Risk Xtra are with David’s family and many friends at this extremely sad time.

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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