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

by Brian Sims

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.

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