FCO and The Security Institute agree terms on new Group Membership scheme

At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Tuesday 25 April at the Hallam Conference Centre in central London, The Security Institute announced that it has entered into a Group Membership arrangement with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The deal will enable all the senior members of the FCO’s Security Team to become members of the Institute and obtain professional membership status.

Several members of the FCO’s Security Team are already Institute members, with the new arrangement enabling another 50 members of the team to join the ranks.

Roddy Drummond, the FCO’s head of security profession, said: “The FCO is delighted to enter into this partnership with The Security Institute which will ensure our team of security professionals remains up-to-date with the latest industry advancements and has the opportunity for ongoing development.” 

Roddy Drummond of the FCO pictured with Baroness Ruth Henig, president of The Security Institute

Roddy Drummond of the FCO pictured with Baroness Ruth Henig, president of The Security Institute

Andrew Nicholls, CEO of The Security Institute, added: “We’re delighted to be able to make this announcement as it brings together several weeks of discussion and agreement. I very much look forward to working with the FCO in the future over Continuing Professional Development arrangements and achieving formal qualification for all members its Security Team.”

Honorary Fellowship awarded

Also announced at the AGM is that the Board of Directors of the Institute has agreed that Lisa Sharkey (who retired from the Board at the AGM) should be awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute.

This unusual step was taken in recognition of Lisa’s dedicated and continuing voluntary contribution to The Security Institute by providing pro bono legal advice and assistance in her capacity as legal and ethics director and in the future as the legal advisor to the Main Board.

Lisa Sharkey receives her Honorary Fellowship certificate from Baroness Ruth Henig

Lisa Sharkey receives her Honorary Fellowship certificate from Baroness Ruth Henig

A partner at licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen, Sharkey commented: “I have very much enjoyed my time with The Security Institute in my role as legal and ethics director. To be awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute is very humbling and something I’m very proud to accept.”

Garry Evanson CSyP, chairman of The Security Institute, responded: “This is a very well-deserved recognition for Lisa who has given a huge amount of her own time to support the Institute. We all very much value her ongoing help and support as well as her expert advice.”

Dallmeier joins as corporate partner

Dallmeier UK has now become The Security Institute’s second corporate partner. The new partnership underpins Dallmeier’s ongoing commitment to the Institute and the security industry as a whole.

Baroness Ruth Walker and James Walker, managing director at Dallmeier UK

Baroness Ruth Walker and James Walker, managing director at Dallmeier UK

On receiving the certificate of partnership at the Institute’s AGM, Dallmeier’s UK managing director James Walker said: “We’ve been supporting the work of The Security Institute for many years through Richard Howe and my own personal membership. Dallmeier firmly believes in the mission of the Institute and the importance of consistent standards across the industry. We’re delighted to become a corporate partner and look forward to working even closer with the Institute on helping to promote its cause.”

Garry Evanson added: “Corporate partnership offers businesses within the security industry an opportunity to support the work we do to promote the highest possible standards of integrity and professional competence in the business of security. Dallmeier has been a long-time supporter of the Institute and the Register of Chartered Security Professionals since James joined our number back in 2011. I’m delighted that we’ve formalised this agreement and look forward to welcoming more of his team into membership.”

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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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