High-profile speakers added to 2020 OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit Programme

The third Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) Thought Leadership Summit, organised in association with the National Security Inspectorate (NSI), takes place on Wednesday 26 February 2020 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in central London. The event organisers have now added key influencers to the line-up of speakers scheduled to make presentations on the day.

Stuart Wright, chair of the UK Living Wage Advisory Council, will address the subject of ‘Why pay a Real Living Wage and the benefits and implications for the security sector’. Wright will provide a background to the Real Living Wage, outline the impact it has on people and services and relate why paying it could be right for your company, people and society. His talk will cover hours worked, notice of shifts, sickness, staff turnover, productivity and morale, while also exploring whether the security sector could do more to gain more from the Real Living Wage?

The Security Industry Authority’s Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) has always been a focus of attention in terms of raising standards. An  area of concern now emerging is the role of some labour providers operating outside the remit of the ACS. That concern is around providers engaging people on illegally low pay, who may not be adequately screened, and who may well be poorly trained in the task, or even elements of rogue labour. It’s a threat to security.

Ian Todd, CEO at the SIA, will cover ‘The role of the Regulator in promoting best employment practice’ and explore how the threat can be managed. What’s the role of the Regulator in all of this?

Lacking the necessary vision

Commenting on the event, Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI, director and founder of the OSPAs, stated: “The security sector is sometimes viewed as its own worst enemy. New developments, including technologies, offer enormous scope for improvement, yet these are often shunned as standards and practices are too slow to catch-up, and because some stakeholders lack the necessary vision or protect partisan interests at the expense of the public good.”

Professor Gill added: “The OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit will tackle the key issues head on, engaging with controversy, providing a platform for thinking differently, examining what the collective industry response should be and analysing whether the Regulator could/should do more.”

Additional speakers will be added to the programme in due course. Those practitioners wishing to help shape the future of the industry are urged not to delay in booking their attendance.

Doors to the OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit will open at 11.15 am. Luncheon will be provided, and an exhibition of products and services will be on display.

The event is due to finish at 5.00 pm, with the OSPAs Awards Dinner following on at 6.45 pm.

Delegate places

Places at the Thought Leadership Summit are limited. Book your delegate place for £45 +VAT (including luncheon, entrance to the exhibition and afternoon refreshments) online at: https://uk.theospas.com/summit2020/

The Outstanding Security Performance Awards is an independent global awards scheme currently running in 13 countries to recognise and reward the demonstrable skills of companies and individuals operating across the security business sector. The OSPAs are designed to be both independent and inclusive, providing an opportunity for outstanding performers to be recognised and their success to be celebrated.

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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