The UK edition of the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) has been launched at an event in central London which was attended by leading security professionals from both the UK and around the world.
Held at The Savoy Hotel on Thursday 9 June, the event also served as an opportunity to announce the sponsorship agreement signed between the OSPAs and Edith Cowan University for all the OSPA trophies and certificates now being run on the global stage.
Those speaking on the day included Professor Steve Chapman CBE (vice chancellor of Edith Cowan University) and David Clark CPP PCI PSP, chairman of the Security Commonwealth and ASIS International’s UK Chapter.
The inaugural UK OSPAs will take place on 2 March 2017 at the London Marriott Hotel on Grosvenor Square in Mayfair. They build upon the success of events already held in other countries around the world, including Australia, Germany, Norway and the USA.
These awards are an opportunity for recognising and rewarding the diligent efforts of companies and individuals across the UK’s security business sector. The night itself will include a drinks reception, a three-course meal and entertainment followed by the awards themselves and plenty of networking opportunities. It will be a celebration of the true success stories unearthed from across the UK’s security industry.
Entries for the inaugural UK awards will open in August.
Engagement with leading associations
One of the key principles of the OSPAs is that they engage with leading security associations within countries to unite the security sector in celebrating success.
On that note, Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI (director of Perpetuity Research) explained to Risk UK: “I’m delighted to announce the launch of the UK OSPAs, and to have this opportunity to express just how pleased I am that the Security Commonwealth – an umbrella organisation consisting of 43 member organisations spanning the UK’s security business sector – is working with us to make the event a success. It’s so encouraging that leading members of the UK’s security world are here in support of the OSPAs.”
David Clark added: “The Security Commonwealth is an independent organisation. We believe that we’re well aligned with the OSPAs. We’re all about integrity, collaboration and working together for achieving greater aims in the security business sector. The OSPAs are an ideal vehicle for the Security Commonwealth to nail its colours to the mast on this issue. The OSPAs represent a great platform for the UK’s security sector to show how good it really is.”
Winners of the 2017 UK OSPAs will be forwarded to the international stage to demonstrate how good they are in comparison with their peers across Germany, Poland, Australia and the USA, etc.
Sponsorship of trophies and certificates
As stated, the Edith Cowan University will now be the official sponsor for all the OSPA trophies and certificates around the world. Edith Cowan University is located in Western Australia and renowned for being one of the foremost international universities in the world with more than 27,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as over 4,000 international learners on its register.
Professor Steve Chapman CBE commented: “We’re really proud to be associated with the OSPAs and would like to become even more involved in the future. We wanted to be a global sponsor. If you ever have the chance to visit us you will find out that there are some real hidden gems at the university. One of them is security management education.”
Professor Martin Gill concluded: “We’re delighted that Professor Chapman could attend this launch event in person having just collected his CBE at Buckingham Palace. To have one of the leading universities in the area of security management supporting the OSPAs is a great boost for us. We’re delighted to sign the agreement.”
*For further information on the OSPAs visit: www.theospas.com
**An exclusive article on the OSPAs and the UK launch appears in the June 2016 edition of Risk UK (pp50-51)