Garry Evanson CSyP, chairman of The Security Institute, has announced that the professional membership organisation has now crossed the 2,000th member threshold having enjoyed steady growth since its formation back in 1999.
“In the past 18 months,” asserted Evanson, “we’ve been recruiting at record levels. This is a direct reflection of our strategic shift towards representing members of the profession at all stages of their career, and not simply when they’ve reached the higher branches of the tree. In the past, I believe a group of individuals may have been deterred from seeking to join us because of the perception that we were in some way elitist and that one had to wait to be invited in order to become a member. That’s simply not the case, as this landmark achievement shows.”
The Security Institute has enjoyed increasing influence within the profession. Today, the organisation offers all the services you would expect of a mainstream professional body such as Continuing Professional Development, education, events and networking.
“We will always want to attract those who believe they are among the best at what they do, wherever they may be in the hierarchy,” stated Evanson. “One of the main roles of a professional body is to offer support in the development of skills and to give tangible assistance to those who have ambitions of building a long-term and successful career in the security business sector. There’s no doubt in my mind that membership of a professional body and the letters after your name that it bestows is a great signal to employers and clients that you’re serious about professionalism.”
Determined by the Validation Board
The actual 2000th member, as determined by The Security Institute’s dedicated Validation Board, is Peter Rees (chief operating officer at Guarding UK).
“At this point in my career, I believe that membership of The Security Institute represents a strategic advantage,” explained Rees in conversation with Risk UK. “I very much look forward to meeting and interacting with my peers in what is and will continue to be a demanding profession. The focus of The Security Institute on developing and nurturing talent chimes very much with my own view that a career in security can be hugely rewarding. Over half of our senior managers at Guarding UK have been promoted from within the company, having proven their worth and shown the potential for advancement. I believe that this benefits not only the individual, but also the business as a whole.”
Rees went on to state: “Having dedicated and hard-working staff in my team has enabled me to steer their careers, allowing them to benefit from the many years of experience people like myself have gained. Membership of the leading professional body in the sector is a logical part of that development, both for them and for me.”
In conclusion, Garry Evanson commented: “I want to reassure The Security Institute’s members that we will not be resting on our laurels. Our next milestone is 3,000 members, and I fully expect us to make significant inroads towards that target during the course of 2016.”
Art and science of security management
The Security Institute is a not-for-profit membership body established for the benefit of individuals working in the security sector. It promotes the art and science of security management and continually works to drive standards, educate and spread Best Practice across the security sector (a sector responsible, of course, for the safety of much of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure).
The Institute is responsible for managing and operating the Register of Chartered Security Professionals on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. In conjunction with the Registration Authority it sets standards, provides quality control and oversees the appointment and management of licensees as well as admitted registrants.
The Register of Chartered Security Professionals was launched on 7 June 2011. Established under Royal Charter by The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, the Register itself endorses the main aim of the Company, which is “to promote, support and encourage standards of excellence, integrity and honourable practice in conducting the profession of security practitioners and to aid societies and other organisations connected to such a profession.”