New milestone for The Security Institute as 2,000th member joins professional body

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).

Garry Evanson CSyP

Garry Evanson CSyP

“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.”

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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