Popular Thought Leadership Summit returns to UK OSPAs line-up in February 2019

On Thursday 28 February, attending professionals from the UK’s security business sector will once again be given the opportunity to listen to the views aired by a line-up of first class speakers and contribute to matters affecting the industry at the Thought Leadership Summit which runs on the afternoon of the 2019 UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs).

Katy Bourne, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex, will speak about how businesses and the private security sector can better engage to complement the work of the police. In addition, Dr Glen Kitteringham is set to discuss new global research that invites a rethink on the way in which security officers are managed.

Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth, counter-terrorism national co-ordinator for Protect and Prepare, will present an overview of counter-terrorist activity and outline the development to date of public/private sector collaboration designed to combat the terrorist threat.

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI

The event will close with a debate involving well-known thought leaders Stuart Lowden and Geoff Zeidler. Discussion will take place under the heading: ‘Is the Security Industry Authority stifling the development of the security sector?’

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI, director of Perpetuity Research and founder of the OSPAs, informed Risk Xtra: “The Thought Leadership Summit is about inspiring new insights and rethinking concepts and ideas that we have for too long left unchallenged. The closing debate involving Stuart and Geoff promises to be lively and thought provoking, and I urge everyone to consider attending and be ready to challenge and pose questions.”

The Thought Leadership Summit takes place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in central London and will be supported by a comprehensive exhibition of products and services. Doors will open at midday and luncheon will be provided.

The Summit is set to conclude at 4.40 pm, with the UK OSPAs Ceremony following on at 6.45 pm.

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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