Evidence Talks CEO calls for greater UK public-private engagement in the security sector

Elizabeth Sheldon

Elizabeth Sheldon

Elizabeth Sheldon, CEO of digital forensics specialist Evidence Talks, has reiterated the value of greater public-private engagement in the UK across a wide range of issues from child exploitation to matters of national security. Speaking to an international audience at the recent Defence and Security Equipment International event at London’s ExCeL, Sheldon outlined the role of the UK as a global thought leader, which makes it a particularly influential player in the security sector.

Sheldon pointed out to delegates: “We’re home to 18 of the world’s Top 100 universities and four of the Top Ten. More than a quarter of current world leaders have studied in the UK and some 80% of UK institutions have international partnerships through which no less than 1.8 million overseas students receive their education each year. With security exports from these shores accounting for £4.3 billion of trade in 2016, the UK must be committed to developing the right pool of talent. Government must work with industry as well as both schools and colleges to demonstrate what kind of jobs are available in the security business sector.”

Making the case for more formal institutions such as the Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Task Force to be established, Sheldon also made a point of drawing attention to the important role of SMEs in such a process, highlighting the agility and innovation which such businesses have to offer.

Sheldon also commented: “Public-private engagement in the security sector has worked well for issues such as money laundering where the banks, Government and the police service work collaboratively to share information, knowledge and solutions. This template should be extended to other areas of security sector operations.”


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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