London First and ASIS International’s UK Chapter sign Memorandum of Understanding

ASIS International's UK Chapter and London First have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding

ASIS International’s UK Chapter and London First have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding

London First and ASIS International’s UK Chapter have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement was ratified at the ASIS UK Spring Seminar by Robert Hall MBCI MSyI, London First’s director of security and resilience, and ASIS International’s UK chairman Andy Williams CPP FSyI.

Both organisations have been working together informally for some time now, but hope and expect that the Memorandum of Understanding will be the start of a long-term and meaningful relationship with a view towards developing greater co-operation and synergies in order to promote mutual objectives in the fields of security and resilience. 

Allowing members of the respective organisations to take part in one another’s events so as to maximise effectiveness in subject areas and minimise duplication of effort will be a key goal, so too enhancing the organisations’ reputations and business interests still further.

Announcing the agreement, Andy Williams commented: “I’m delighted to have signed this Memorandum of Understanding with London First on behalf of ASIS UK. I believe that it will prove to be of significant benefit to the members of both organisations.”

Robert Hall added: “We’re delighted with this new association which demonstrates that two strong and independent organisations can work together for the benefit of their respective memberships in advancing the collective security of organisations based in London.”

ASIS International plays host to a global community of more than 38,000 security practitioners, each of whom has a role in the protection of assets, people, property and/or information. The ASIS Board of Directors-certified and globally recognised CPP, PCI and PSP qualifications provide objective proof of an individual’s professional knowledge and experience.

The organisation provides a forum to enhance the effectiveness and productivity of security practitioners through the development and delivery of educational material that addresses information technology security and risk topics.

The UK Chapter is a licensee of the Register of Chartered Security Professionals.

Key mission for London First

London First was established in 1991 as a not-for-profit membership organisation with a mission to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. Its membership reflect the diversity of London’s economy, representing property, transport, finance, professional services, security, creative industries, hospitality, retail and the higher education sector.

London First works in partnership with business leaders from across these sectors to identify and address the core challenges facing the capital, with the shared goal of strengthening London’s global competitiveness. The membership represents around a quarter of London’s GDP.

As an integral element of London First, the Security and Resilience Network is uniquely placed to help the private sector improve its security and resilience by working with official Government departments and law enforcement organisations to make the capital a safe environment in which to do business.

The Security and Resilience Network’s goals are five-fold:

*Broaden and deepen the security agenda in the public and private sector spaces

*Raise the awareness and relevance of resilience in both the national and local contexts

*Capture and transfer Best Practices for dealing with the security challenges faced by today’s world cities

*Help to design out crime with the use of proactive, intelligent and technologically-driven solutions

*Improve organisational effectiveness by sharing leadership and management expertise

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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