Both individuals and teams have been presented with prestigious British Security Industry Association Chairman’s Awards to celebrate the outstanding contributions they’ve made to the ongoing success of the UK’s private security business sector.
Personally selected by the BSIA’s present chairman Pauline Norstrom (chief operating officer at Dedicated Micros and the AD Group), the highly prestigious 2015 Chairman’s Awards serve to recognise significant or lifelong contributions in five different categories: Contribution to Standards, Contribution to the Community, Contribution to the Industry, Contribution to Training and Contribution to Exporting.
This year’s accolades were presented during a glittering ceremony held as part of the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.
Chairman’s Award for Contribution to Standards
The 2015 Chairman’s Award for Contribution to Standards was presented to Kevin Harris of Thorn Security, part of the Tyco Group.
Despite operating from his home and company base in Canada, Harris has been an active member of the BSIA’s Security Equipment Manufacturers Section’s TC1 Committee for several years now, contributing to most of the Association’s guidance and standards comment reviews as well as participating on various ad hoc groups dealing with standards-related matters.
Harris actively supports the Trade Association and the BSI as the UK’s representative on CENELEC Working Group 2 for intruder alarm component standards, and is also the convenor of CENELEC’s Working Group 13 for integrated security systems standards as well as Working Group 9 focused on environmental compliance standards.
As part of this duty, Harris travels across Europe to the various Working Group meetings and is ideally placed to update and advise our industry on matters of great importance to the sector.
Contribution to the Community
The BSIA Chairman’s Award for Contribution to the Community was presented to the Tour of Securitas Team at Securitas Security Services UK.
Over 800 security officers and support staff cycled 2,677 miles to raise awareness about issues around safety in the workplace. In so doling the team raised more than £3,000 for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), an award-winning charity dedicated to the prevention of accidents on the road or in the workplace.
Sponsored by Marks & Spencer, the project also received the backing of Team GB cycling legend Shane Sutton.
Contribution to the Industry
The Chairman’s Award for Contribution to the Industry was awarded to David Ottewill, managing director at Camberford Law plc (the specialist insurance broker to the security sector).
Since taking charge at Camberford Law plc back in 2007, Ottewill has ensured that the company’s ongoing sponsorship of the BSIA’s Security Personnel Awards has been maintained every year, in turn making it possible for the industry to recognise and reward the achievements of the many security officers who help to keep the UK’s infrastructure, businesses and members of the public safe and secure each and every day.
Contribution to Training
The award for Contribution to Training was presented to security guarding solutions specialist VSG for its Zero Assaults Project. The project – which is aimed at protecting members of the public and minimising criminal or reputational damage – has been delivered to 240 managers and directors since its launch last May.
All in all, the success of the project is readily apparent with the number of reportable conflict incidents across VSG having fallen by 23% and the number of lost time injuries decreasing by 42%.
Such has been the project’s popularity, in fact, that it has now been rolled out across major VSG contracts in London. It also forms part of the company’s mandatory induction process.
Contribution to Exporting
The BSIA Chairman’s Award for Contribution to Exporting was deservedly won by Ron Archibald, head of Trade Challenge Partners at UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).
A career civil servant, Archibald joined the Department of Trade and Industry in 1979 and has since worked around the world securing European Union free trade agreements with – among others – South Africa, Mexico and Chile.
For the last decade, he has headed the Tradeshow Access Programme, a major UKTI initiative providing support to UK businesses participating in around 400 overseas Trade Fairs each year.
With the evolution towards a new accreditation system for partner organisations, Archibald – who had been closely involved in the accreditation process – has now taken on responsibility for the new Trade Challenge Partner Programme and is working with newly-accredited Partners to develop their arrangements with UKTI.
As deputy director of UKTI’s Global Events and Missions Change Programme, Archibald aims to transform the customer experience of UKTI-supported events by introducing a single events programme from Spring 2016.
Commenting on the Chairman’s Awards for 2015, Pauline Norstrom explained: “I’m delighted to be able to recognise the significant contributions made by these five outstanding individuals and organisations whose commitment and dedication have made a lasting impression on the UK’s private security industry. Whether organising charitable events or raising standards in the field of training, the actions of these winners have all served to promote our industry in a positive light.”