Dr Alison Wakefield FSyI appointed as next chairman of The Security Institute

Dr Alison Wakefield FSyI

Dr Alison Wakefield FSyI

The Security Institute has announced that academic criminologist Dr Alison Wakefield FSyI will become the organisation’s new chairman with effect from January 2018, taking over the reins from Garry Evanson CSyP FSyI. Wakefield is senior lecturer in security risk management at the University of Portsmouth, where she’s also course leader of the BSc degree course in Risk and Security Management and the Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management.

Alison Wakefield’s track record of accolades is impressive to say the very least. This security expert has been listed in the ‘Top Four Influencers’ on IFSEC Global.com’s ‘Top 50 Most Influential People in Security’ for the past three years in a row and, earlier this year, was awarded the prestigious Imbert Prize by the Association of Security Consultants.

Wakefield holds a BA (Hull) and MPhil PhD (Cambridge).

In terms of her work to date both with and for The Security Institute, Wakefield has served as vice-chairman of the organisation since 2015 and as a Board director from 2010. Previously, Wakefield was a director with the International Institute of Security from 2004 prior to its merger with The Security Institute in 2008.

Wakefield chaired the Institute’s Academic Board at the point of the launch of the organisation’s qualifications in 2010 and the Knowledge Centre in 2013, and has remained at the forefront of research and the personal professional development of individuals within the Institute.

In 2010-2011, Wakefield chaired the Institute’s Working Party that devised the pathways to becoming a Chartered Security Professional, and now serves as academic advisor to the Chartered Security Professionals Registration Authority.

Wakefield has authored ‘Selling Security: The Private Policing of Public Space’ (Willan Publishing, 2003), which was shortlisted for the British Society of Criminology Book Prize 2003, and served as Editor of ‘The Sage Dictionary of Policing’ with Jenny Fleming (Sage, 2009) and ‘Ethical and Social Perspectives on Situational Crime Prevention’ with Andrew von Hirsch and David Garland (Hart Publishing, 2000).

Currently, Wakefield serves on the Editorial Boards of The Security Journal and the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, and is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology.

Wakefield was also executive secretary of the British Society of Criminology from 2004 to 2008.

Garry Evanson CSyP FSyI

Garry Evanson CSyP FSyI

Speaking about her appointment, Wakefield observed: “I’m extremely honoured to be appointed chairman of The Security Institute. Today’s uncertain political and economic landscape presents significant challenges, but also great opportunities as people and organisations look to our profession to help them manage uncertainty. We will continue to champion and support the professional development of our members, promote awareness of the important role that’s played by the security sector and seek to consolidate the Institute’s standing among the security community, within industry and across Government.”

Garry Evanson added: “I’m delighted that Alison will be taking over as chairman and continuing to shape The Security Institute as the leading security membership body at a time when the challenges in the security landscape are at their greatest for many years. Alison is a professional of the highest order and her collegial approach will ensure that the Institute goes from strength to strength. She has proven herself in many and varied arenas, not least as the Institute’s vice-chairman. I congratulate her on her election and wish her and the Institute well for the future.”

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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