The Security Institute has announced the appointment of Peter Lavery FSyI as deputy chairman and Paul Drury MSyI in the role of vice-chairman. Lavery and Drury were voted on to the Board of Directors in April last year having previously served on the Validation Board for several years and commence their new roles with immediate effect.
Dr Alison Wakefield FSyI, chairman of The Security Institute, commented: “I’m delighted to appoint Peter Lavery and Paul Drury as deputy chairman and vice-chairman of our Institute. They have brought significant expertise and commitment to our Board of Directors, having made considerable contributions to the Institute over many years. Both are highly regarded.”
Wakefield continued: “In the complex security climate we face today, sharing knowledge and expertise through security networks and partnerships has become more important than ever. In the deputy chairman’s role, Peter’s extensive engagement and high standing across the security community, via roles in multiple bodies including the CSSC and BSI, will help us to ensure that the Institute plays a full and active part in shaping sector-wide responses to contemporary security challenges and assist us in enhancing the understanding and reputation of our discipline.”
For his part, Drury has made an exceptional contribution to the development of member services within The Security Institute, having co-founded the Institute’s Membership Engagement Forum and the Membership Management Advisory Group, whereby he’s supporting the development of new Special Interest Groups including the recently-launched Built Environment Security Special Interest Group.
“Paul has also played a key role in the Institute’s website development project, identifying substantial new professional development resources for members that will be launched shortly,” added Wakefield. “In his role as vice-chairman, Paul will continue to champion member engagement and the development of member services.”
Lavery brings 30 years of expertise as a security practitioner from across the military, foreign, Commonwealth Office and private sectors (including manufacturing, finance and telecommunications) to this new role. “I look forward to supporting the continued growth of the Institute along with my fellow directors under Alison’s leadership,” enthused Lavery. “The modern security risk professional needs recognition as a key advisor and business enabler. They must be valued by fellow business professionals and contribute to wider societal security. I remain firmly committed to ensuring that the Institute plays a central role in the security sector as a thought leader, both within the UK and beyond and among all of our members.”
Drury is currently a corporate security practitioner within a FTSE 100 company, having worked in the security sector for over 20 years as well as in the public sector. He has stated that his main areas of interest are security assurance and governance, travel risk management, developing innovative ways of working and raising the profile of security.
Among Drury’s accolades are his voluntary work as vice-chairman of the Validation Board during the period between 2011 and 2014. He also formed the Validation Board Working Group, for which he served as chairman between 2012 and 2014.
On becoming vice-chairman of the Institute, Drury told Risk UK: “I’m really excited to take on this role. I feel I have a good understanding of what we do well and where we need to develop. As the Membership Management Advisory Group [co-chaired by Drury alongside Steve Massey] continues to gain momentum, we’re working on improving those areas. My focus has always been on what we offer to our members and I will continue with this in my new role, while also attracting new members and building upon our membership services and benefits. There will be some exciting announcements on this very soon. This truly demonstrates the importance that The Security Institute is placing on establishing us as the leading membership organisation for security professionals.”
Lavery replaces previous deputy chairman Andrew Nicholls MSyI while Drury fills the position previously held by Alison Wakefield, who concluded by stating: “I want to take this opportunity to thank Andrew for his massive contribution and dedication to the Institute, having joined the Board in 2011 and serving as deputy chairman since 2015. Andrew kindly stepped in as interim CEO of The Security Institute in October 2016 and held that role until Rick Mounfield’s appointment in May last year, helping to lay the foundations for the strong position in which the Institute now finds itself.”
Nicholls and immediate past-chairman Garry Evanson CSyP FSyI will remain on the Board of Directors until the Institute’s AGM in April.