Outstanding security personnel recognised with national awards bestowed by the BSIA

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is proud to announce the national winners of this year’s annual Security Personnel of the Year Awards.

These esteemed awards are now in their 18th year and serve to acknowledge the commendable and limitless contributions that security personnel make to the industry – and, indeed, the wider community – each and every day. The awards recognise exceptional performances within the sector across five different categories: Best Team, Outstanding Act, Service to the Customer, Best Newcomer and Best Use of Technology.

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, commented: “The security industry remains essential in safeguarding our nation. Its success of which is determined by the exceptional personnel that work within it. We at the BSIA pride ourselves on representing the very best of the security industry, and the outstanding contributions made by this year’s award winners clearly demonstrates this assertion.”

Kelly went on to state: “We receive a huge volume of nominations every year, and the judging process is always very difficult. The standard of applications this year has been as high as ever, and we’re extremely proud to be associated with the talent displayed by our winners.”

Incredible achievements of security personnel

The award presentations took place at the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon, held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Tuesday 12 July. The ceremony celebrated the incredible achievements of security personnel, many of whom had gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the safety of the communities they protect.

The awards were presented by the world’s first amputee ultra-distance runner, Chris Moon, who also delivered a moving and hugely inspirational Keynote Speech.

The Annual Security Personnel Awards have been sponsored by Camberford Law plc – specialist insurance brokers to the security industry – since their inception. David Ottewill, the company’s managing director, commented: “It’s important to recognise and reward the hard work and efforts of those dedicated professionals within the private security business sector. As such, we were very proud to once again sponsor this year’s awards.”

The BSIA would like to thank Camberford Law plc for its ongoing support, without which the annual awards would not be possible. The full list of 2016 winners is as follows:

Service to the Customer

*David Phillips: Westgrove Group

*Joseph Thompson: Mitie Security

*Ronnie Harkison: VSG

*Roberta Sasnauskaite: VSG

Outstanding Act

*Kevin Cooper: G4S Secure Solutions (UK)

*Leoni Bromfield: VSG

*Saleh Akram and Martin Hall: VSG

*Gary Nicholas: Westgrove Group

Best Newcomer

*Siobhan Meenan: VSG

*Ian Hewitt: Kings Security Systems

*Stewart Judd: VSG

Best Use of Technology

*William Yau: VSG

*David Harries: VSG

*Nasser Mahmood: G4S Secure Solutions (UK)

Best Team

*Redbridge College: Sight & Sound Security Solutions Team

*Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing: Kings Security Systems

*St David’s Shopping Centre: OCS Group UK

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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