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Outstanding security personnel recognised with national awards bestowed by the BSIA

by Brian Sims

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

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