Headline sponsor and host announced for UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards 2018

Organisers of the UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) 2018 – for which Risk UK is an Official Media Partner – have announced that Babcock Managed Security Services (MSS) will be the headline sponsor for the event. The awards ceremony, which is to be hosted by former chief constable Mick Creedon QPM, will be held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in central London on Thursday 1 March.

Mike Pimlott, managing director of Babcock MSS, commented: “Sponsoring the UK OSPAs represents a perfect partnership for us. We’re a different style of security business. We have a global vision with human intelligence at its core. It’s a philosophy that’s open and transparent and engages customers as partners. The OSPAs extend this approach, recognising collaborative and combined efforts across the broad spectrum of security.”

Babcock MSS protects people, property and data against cyber security threats to deliver a competitive advantage for its customers. The company’s managed security services are underpinned by Babcock’s extensive experience within Government and Critical National Infrastructure projects.

The business is operated by a team of the industry’s most highly-qualified, experienced and security-cleared threat analysts recruited exclusively from Government, large corporates and other high-security organisations.

Mick Creedon QPM recently retired after 37 years’ service in the field of policing, the last decade of which was spent as chief constable in Derbyshire. Creedon served as a detective at every level in the service and has extensive experience of homicide and corruption investigations as well as serious and organised crime work and has carried out many sensitive and high-profile external inquiries on behalf of other forces and agencies.

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI

For a period of ten years, Creedon was the national policing lead for matters such as serious and organised crime, investigative interviewing, financial investigation and asset recovery and also the policing lead for the development of the network of multi-force and multi-agency Regional Organised Crime Units.

At present, Creedon is working as a Visiting Professor at Liverpool John Moores University.

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI, founder of the OSPAs, commented: “We’re delighted that Babcock MSS and Mick Creedon will be supporting the 2018 UK OSPAs. Working with such trusted partners means that the OSPAs will be able to flourish as we celebrate excellence for those working within the security business sector.”

The UK OSPAs were launched earlier this year and form part of a global awards scheme currently running in eight countries designed to recognise and reward outstanding performance across the security business sector.

“Entries are coming in thick and fast for the 2018 OSPAs,” enthused Professor Gill. “We have just a couple of days before we need to close the nominations. I urge everyone operating within the security business sector to nominate those who have performed at an exceptional level and so deserve to be recognised.”

Entry to the UK OSPAs is completely free and open to companies, teams and individuals who have performed at an exceptional level. Nominations are open until Tuesday 13 November 2017, with submissions invited in the following categories: Outstanding In-House Security Team, Outstanding In-House Security Manager, Outstanding Contract Security Company, Outstanding Security Consultant, Outstanding Customer Service Initiative, Outstanding Security Training Initiative, Outstanding Security Installer, Outstanding Event Security Team, Outstanding Security Partnership, Outstanding Investigator, Outstanding Cyber Security Initiative, Outstanding Information Security Company, Outstanding Security Equipment Manufacturer, Outstanding Security Officer, Outstanding Young Security Professional and the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

*Full details on how to enter can be found at https://uk.theospas.com/enter/

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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