New Deputy Chairman and Vice-Chairman appointed by The Security Institute

Andrew Nicholls and Dr Alison Wakefield are taking on new Board-level roles at The Security Institute

Andrew Nicholls and Dr Alison Wakefield are taking on new Board-level roles at The Security Institute

The Security Institute’s new chairman Garry Evanson CSyP FSyI is to be supported in his efforts to progress the organisation’s development thanks to the appointment of a new deputy chairman and vice-chairman on the Board of Directors. These roles will be taken by, respectively, Andrew Nicholls and Dr Alison Wakefield.

Andrew Nicholls is the head of security and licensing for Mitchells & Butlers plc. Based at the organisation’s head office in Birmingham, Nicholls leads a team of security and licensing managers. His work involves the management of security requirements and licensing compliance across an estate of almost 2,000 premises. Nicholls is a regular speaker at trade conferences and sits on several national Working Groups.

“My role as deputy chairman is to support and deputise for the chairman as well as lead on the commercial responsibilities of the Institute,” explained Nicholls. “In this role I will be supported directly by two Board directors, namely Guy Mathias and Jerry Woods. I will, of course, be working closely with Alison Wakefield who’s the Institute’s lead on the subject of professional development.”

Andrew Nicholls

Andrew Nicholls

Across the next 12 months, the Institute’s commercial team will be working on achieving the following:

*ensuring that the expectations of the Institute’s members are met

*helping to make certain that members’ money is spent wisely and efficiently

*continuing to grow the membership of the Institute by attracting membership from various areas of potential new interest

*creating better awareness about the existence of the Institute through an enhanced communications strategy

*working closely with the team at head office to ensure that stated business priorities are achieved

*supporting Institute activities such as the ever-popular Annual Conference

Nicholls concluded: “I’m always interested to hear from members about their views on Institute activities and how we can continue to grow our membership. I would be delighted for any member who has a view they wish to share or in some way wants to participate in our various projects or work to contact me or any member of staff at the Institute’s head office.”

Perspectives from the new Institute vice-chairman

Dr Alison Wakefield FSyI is an academic criminologist based at the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Criminal Justice Studies. Here, Alison directs the BSc programme in Risk and Security Management and the Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management.

Dr Alison Wakefield FSyI

Dr Alison Wakefield FSyI

“Professions are externally recognised, knowledge-based fields of expertise that are typically grounded in university education and vocational training and experience,” explained Wakefield. “The Institute’s founding principles 15 years ago were to become a pre-eminent professional body, represent members’ interests and provide a forum for debate as well as assist in setting professional standards, lead and encourage personal and collective professional development, education and qualifications and promote security as a career.”

Those objectives, of course, remain as important as ever. In turn, Wakefield sees the role of vice-chairman as being to drive forward the development of the Institute’s status as a professional and future Chartered body by:

*supporting career progression in the security sector by clarifying career pathways and promoting education and Continuing Professional Development

*keeping Institute members informed on security Best Practice by building the knowledge resources available to members

*supporting the Institute’s wider objectives as laid out in its Manifesto, collaborating with all bodies representing elements of professional security to establish a shared position on key policy areas and a common voice

Wakefield added: “I look forward to being in regular contact with members, both at our events and online, providing updates and hearing your views. I’m also looking forward to working with the Board and our members to improve the effectiveness and influence of the Institute in order to establish a position of sector pre-eminence.”

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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