Outstanding Security Performance Awards outline inaugural UK Thought Leadership Summit

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI

On Thursday 1 March next year, professionals from the UK’s security business sector will be given the opportunity to listen to a line-up of high-profile speakers, with the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) providing a platform for debate around key issues facing the sector at its inaugural UK Thought Leadership Summit in central London.

Confirmed speakers include The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP (Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Ian Dyson QPM (commissioner at the City of London Police) and Andrew Thomson (director of property services at The Shard). There will also be a discussion involving former offenders focused on how they tackle security and why they think it so often fails. The full programme for the day will be announced in due course.

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI, founder and director of the OSPAs, commented: “The OSPAs are about recognising excellence and the truly outstanding performers who project the best image of security and all the good it can do. The aim of this UK Thought Leadership Summit is to contribute towards excellence by bringing different thought leaders together. In short, the people who excel and can offer their own insights for debate. We want to provide the opportunity for practising security professionals to listen to what the opinion formers think and contribute to the discussion about how we can improve what security does and how it’s perceived. The quality of what we have in the future in terms of security provision here in the UK will depend on the quality of debate that we conduct now.”

In addition, Professor Gill informed Risk UK: “This event is open to all participants in the security sector and its stakeholders, and I urge everyone to consider attending and be ready to pose questions to a panel of influential speakers.”

The UK Thought Leadership Summit takes place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. Organised by the OSPAs, it’s being run with the support of the Security Commonwealth (whose membership cohort includes The Security Institute, the British Security Industry Association, ASIS UK, the International Professional Security Association, the Register of Chartered Security Professionals and the Association of Security Consultants).

Doors will open to the event at midday. Luncheon will be provided, and a comprehensive exhibition of products and services will be on display. The event is set to finish at 4.30 pm, with the UK OSPAs Awards Ceremony for 2018 following at 6.30 pm.

*Sponsorship opportunities and exhibition stand spaces are available. To find out more visit the website at https://uk.theospas.com/summit2018

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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