New Eastern Region chairman Guy Mathias calls for increased business involvement in CSSC initiative

Security and risk management-focused professional Guy Mathias FSyI has been appointed chairman of the Eastern Region of the Cross-Sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) initiative. Operating on a charitable basis and founded in June 2011 by a team of senior UK security experts, the CSSC was started as a means of facilitating communications between the private and public sectors on issues surrounding security and business resilience.

Mathias, who serves as the risk and operations director at Lucozade Ribena Suntory and also as a strategic advisor to Dardan Security, told Risk Xtra: “The CSSC is all about information sharing and helping businesses to be prepared for a host of different safety and security issues. Membership of the CSSC enables businesses and organisations to have instant access and an information sharing partnership with the Emergency Services and Government. A platform like this can prove invaluable to its members.”

The CSSC acts as a ‘one-stop shop’ for information and helps companies in preparing for various scenarios ranging from counter-terrorism, cyber crime, fraud and security alerts through to safety issues. Initially established in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the CSSC shares bulletins and security alerts and is in permanent direct contact with the police and other authorities as well as industry sector groups and businesses.

A past recipient of the prestigious Security Manager of the Year Award for services to industry, added: “There are a great many threats to businesses from, at one end, cyber crime and terrorism, through at the other end to the effects of environmental issues such as flooding, extreme weather events, infrastructure and service interruptions, fire, disease and industrial accidents. The CSSC provides an information-sharing communications platform right across the private and public sectors. Its members can also benefit from opportunities to gain Best Practice experience, better plan for critical threats and demonstrate their commitment to running a safe and secure organisation.”

Engagement and contribution from businesses

Guy Mathias FSyI

Guy Mathias FSyI

Mathias added: “During my chairmanship, I’m looking to encourage businesses across the east of England to engage with the CSSC and contribute towards building this important communications platform.”

Mathias has previously directed counter-extremist operations for the research and pharmaceutical sectors, most notably at Huntingdon Life Sciences where he was responsible for security, staff protection and pre-employment/contractor screening. He was also a strategic security advisor for GlaxoSmithKline.

He takes over from Dardan Security’s chairman Mark Duffy as regional chairman for the CSSC’s Eastern Region. He has also lectured in front of police and Government bodies on the threat posed by extremism to the industrial, academic and Government sectors and delivered numerous presentations to international industry and Government-centric audiences.

In addition, Mathias served as chairman of the UK Pharmaceutical Industry Security Forum from 2009 until 2014, working in a pivotal role to develop and maintain close business relationships with industrial, academic and Government sectors.

As reported by Risk Xtra, Mathias is also the new chairman of The Security Commonwealth.

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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