Outstanding Security Performance Awards set for inaugural UK ceremony in March 2017

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.

Professor Martin Gill

Professor Martin Gill

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

David Clark

David Clark

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)

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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