Former BBC journalist Anna Averkiou appointed media advisor to The Security Institute

Anna Averkiou

Anna Averkiou

The Security Institute’s senior leadership team has announced that former BBC journalist, Anna Averkiou, has accepted a position as Board advisor in the area of media engagement. An international journalist, part-time journalism lecturer, media consultant and trainer, Averkiou will bring more than 30 years of experience to her advisory role, listing some of her key skills as reputation management, crisis media management and strategy, broadcast and print journalism, risk mitigation and public speaking.

In addition to senior editorial and management roles at the BBC, Averkiou also spent several years covering headline stories in the Balkans, Europe, MENA, CIS and SE Asia for WTN (APTN), Visnews (Reuters TV), CNN, Superchannel, MBC, and ABC (US). She regularly teaches, writes and speaks about journalism and media issues – particularly relating to Critical National Infrastructure and security-focused matters – and was media advisor to the panel of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry into historic child abuse.

Within her consultancy, Averkiou already works with SMEs and clients in the not-for-profit sector, making her expertise particularly useful for the Institute to improve upon its current practices with managing internal press, news and media operations strategy.

Speaking about her appointment, Averkiou said; “This sector has traditionally stayed under the press radar, but given today’s fast-changing media landscape, it’s now more vital than ever that the right people are providing information and reassurance to the public via different media platforms. I’m looking forward to helping The Security Institute become the go-to place for comment and analysis on key security issues and I’m delighted to have been asked to come on board.”

The Security Institute’s chairman Dr Alison Wakefield FSyI observed: “I’m delighted that Anna has come on board with us as media advisor to help us build the Institute’s profile at the national level. We will be identifying several key areas in which we want to establish a distinct media message and a number of media-trained representatives of The Security Institute who will present those messages. It’s essential that security messaging in the media is authoritative and up-to-date. With Anna’s help, we will be working to build the connections that we need in order to make sure the Institute is represented on our TV screens and in the national press on a more regular basis.”

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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