On Wednesday 25 June 2014, the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) signed an historic agreement in Doha, Qatar with the Qatar International Centre for Safety and Security (QICSS). The agreement provides for graduates from QICSS security-related courses to be automatically enrolled as individual members with IPSA for 12 months, with options to extend their membership thereafter. Commenting at the signing ceremony in Doha, Mike White” IPSA’s chairman” explained:” This is an historic moment for IPSA. We already have many members within the region, and this move will allow us to be at the forefront of professional representation as the Qatari private security industry continually grows and develops.” White continued:” These are exciting times for Qatar. We’re very proud to be associated with our professional colleagues at the QICSS, and we look forward to working with them in the future on developing new members and helping and supporting both the Centre and our members wherever and whenever we can.” Speaking on behalf of the QICSS, CEO Khalid Omran stated:” This is a key moment for the private security industry in Qatar. We’re looking forward to working with our IPSA partners in the years to come.” All you need to know about’
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.