Prestigious FSA Fire and Security Industry Awards now open for 2019 nominations

The fire, emergency and security systems industry is being urged to nominate outstanding individuals who have changed the sector for the better for this year’s Fire & Security Association (FSA) Awards. The two awards, which are being presented once again at the industry-leading IFSEC Security and Fire Excellence Awards on 20 November 2019 at the Park Lane Hilton in London, are the Peter Greenwood Security Award and the Ian Marsh Fire Award.

The Peter Greenwood Security Award recognises individuals who’ve made an outstanding contribution to the security systems industry. It’s the longest-established individual award in the security profession and has been in existence since Peter Greenwood’s untimely death in January 1995. Greenwood was a former head of the ECA’s Security Group and was also involved with the organisation’s Fire Group. He was also a founder member of the Security Industry Lead Body (SILB). Last year’s winner was Pat Allen of the Abel Alarm Company.

The Ian Marsh Fire Award recognises individuals who demonstrate enthusiasm and selfless concern for the fire and emergency systems industry. This award was renamed in honour of Ian Marsh in 2013, the year after he died from illness. Marsh made a major contribution to the industry, including an active involvement with both British Standards and the Wiring Regulations, as well as having a pivotal role in the creation of certification body ELECSA. The 2018 winner of the Ian Marsh Fire Award was Kevin Griffin of Logic Systems Fire and Security.

Tom Brookes, chair of the FSA and managing director of Lindum Fire Services, commented: “The sector is full of outstanding work and we urge anyone involved in fire, emergency and security to put forward their best and brightest candidates for well-deserved recognition. Over the years there have been many deserving winners of both the Peter Greenwood Security Award and the Ian Marsh Fire Award, and we look forward to recognising another duo of industry champions this year.”

The FSA consists of members of the ECA, the leading electrotechnical and engineering Trade Association, and Scottish electrical trade body SELECT. That said, the awards are open to the entire industry.

The FSA is an official partner at IFSEC’s Security and Fire Excellence Awards. The winners of both FSA awards (plus one guest each) will be given free places on the FSA’s table on the evening.

*The deadline for all FSA Awards nominations is Friday 13 September at 5.00 pm. The nominations will be reviewed by an independent panel of Judges in the autumn. For more details, or to nominate an individual for either award, click here

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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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