Inaugural meeting of Security Commonwealth “well supported” reports The Security Institute

Instigated by The Security Institute, eighteen security organisations and associations recently attended the first meeting of a new Security Commonwealth

Instigated by The Security Institute, eighteen security organisations and associations recently attended the first meeting of a new Security Commonwealth

Eighteen security organisations and associations attended the first meeting of a new Security Commonwealth hosted in central London on Wednesday 4 February. The Security Institute initiated the gathering, which included representatives from the Defence Industry Security Association, the Royal United Services Institute, the British Security Industry Association, ASIS International’s UK Chapter 208, the International Professional Security Association, the Register of Chartered Security Professionals, the Association of Security Consultants, the Association of University Chief Security Officers, the Pharmaceutical Industry Security Forum, The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, the City of London Crime Prevention Association, the Fire and Security Association, the Womens Security Society and the Security Awareness Special Interest Group.

Also in attendance was Bill Butler, the CEO of the Security Industry Authority, and Terri Jones, the director general of sector skills body Skills for Security.

The concept of a gathering of security organisations working together for the benefit of the sector is not new, and has certainly been tried in the past. Some will remember the Joint Security Industry Council and, in more recent times, the Security Regulation Alliance which campaigned so successfully in support of the (then) threatened Security Industry Authority.

The key to success, all participants at the meeting agreed, is maintaining a fair balance and making sure there’s a job to be done.

The Manifesto for Professional Security, published by The Security Institute in November last year, provides many challenges and ideas for the group to develop. The next meeting will start to look at common themes among Security Commonwealth members in order to set defined priorities and targets for the group.

New era of collaboration

Emma Shaw CSyP, chairman of The Security Institute, chaired the first meeting’s discussions and hopes this will be the start of a new era in terms of collaboration within the security sector.

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

“We received an excellent response to the idea of setting up a Security Commonwealth,” stated Shaw, “and I’m pleased that all of the organisations involved are able to see the benefits of sharing ideas and pooling efforts where it’s practical to do so.”

Shaw continued: “The profession is currently perceived by some as disjointed and lacking a single authoritative voice that represents the broader security community. The benefits to the sector, businesses and, more importantly, the general public could be significant and I welcome any opportunities where members and leaders of our profession can come together to discuss and share common ideas designed to develop our profession still further.”

In conclusion, Shaw told Risk UK: “The inaugural meeting was successful. I’m delighted that there was a very real spirit of co-operation in evidence. I hope that this forum will grow and become even more representative.”

Any organisation interested in joining the Security Commonwealth should contact the organisers at:

Promoting the art and science of security

The Security Institute is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1999 for the benefit of individuals working in the security sector. It promotes the art and science of security management and works to drive standards, educate and spread Best Practice across the security sector – a sector responsible for the safety of much of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure.

The Institute is responsible for managing and operating the Register of Chartered Security Professionals on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. In conjunction with the Registration Authority it sets standards, provides quality control, appointment and management of both licensees and admitted registrants.

The Register of Chartered Security Professionals was launched on 7 June 2011. Established under Royal Charter by The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, the Register itself endorses the main aim of the Company which is “to promote, support and encourage standards of excellence, integrity and honourable practice in conducting the profession of security practitioners and to aid societies and other organisations connected to such a profession.”

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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