New graduates strengthen management team at event security specialist Showsec

The development of Showsec’s management team has taken further significant steps forward as part of an ongoing commitment on the part of the business to achieve the highest degree of excellence. Four of the company’s operations executives have been awarded a Foundation Degree in Applied Professional Studies in Crowd Management, while the training of five managers will put them in a much stronger position to strengthen that infrastructure in the future.

Glen Stevenson, Simon Howard and Carlos Campbell donned gowns and mortarboards for their graduation ceremony which took place at the Derby Arena. A fourth operations executive, Mark Norbury, has also received the Foundation Degree. The awarding of the degrees represents another momentous landmark in the career journeys of these dedicated Showsec professionals.

Development pathways at the Leicester-based event security business are about to be enhanced still further as a direct result of training being undertaken by a group of managers who will then be able to teach aspects of the Foundation Degree themselves.

“Our partnership with the University of Derby’s Business Centre means that we’re constantly looking at ways in which to remain at the forefront of management training in the industry,” commented Keith Hackett, Showsec’s learning and development manager. “The operational team has been further strengthened by the latest graduates acquiring a Foundation Degree. They are to be commended for their dedication and professionalism in combining their studies with what is an extremely busy workload.”

Hackett added: “This Level 5 qualification means they’re now ready to move on to greater things, making them potential candidates for the area manager’s training programme at some point in the future.”

Training and development programme

Showsec works closely with the University of Derby’s Business Centre to create a training and development programme which affords individuals the very best possible career pathway.

Recently, this has involved five managers taking a teacher training course. Alan Wallace, Joe Milner, Ieuan Fury and Tom Bailey, who all received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Professional Studies in Crowd Management earlier this year, have now been joined by Human Resources manager Michelle Abdale.

“It’s hugely beneficial to the progression of the business that we’re able to offer a quicker pathway to different levels of managerial qualifications,” continued Hackett. “One way in which we can refine this programme is by conducting a high proportion of the training in-house. Once these five managers have completed their teacher training, they will be in a position to offer that support for Years 1 and 2 of the Foundation Degree.”

Hackett and Showsec’s managing director Mark Harding attended the graduation ceremony at Derby Arena to see the operations executives receive their degrees.

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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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