Robert Knights MBE MSc CPP PSP SIRM CAS AdCertED&CP FSyI LCGI: An Obituary

Robert Knights MBE

Robert Knights MBE

David Clark CPP PCI PSP (chairman of ASIS International’s UK Chapter) has written to inform Chapter members of the tremendously sad news that ASIS UK and security industry stalwart Robert Knights MBE has passed away. Knights bravely fought and overcame, but finally succumbed to cancer, displaying a great deal of courage, optimism and very typical humour right until the last.

“Bob was very highly regarded by his fellow security professionals,” explained Clark. “He was always incredibly positive and pragmatic.”

After a career within the Metropolitan Police Service, Knights became a successful independent consultant and trainer. Having worked in both the public and private sectors throughout the UK and worldwide, he developed a sound understanding of corporate security and the need for highly efficient and cost-effective security programmes.

“Bob was a strong proponent of designing out crime in the built environment and systems application, which was an early predecessor of Enterprise Security Risk Management,” continued Clark. “He also held a retained position with the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority as a security auditor and also for an American standards organisation as their European security auditor.”

A passionate and enthusiastic trainer and mentor, Knights excelled in sharing knowledge and competency, helping many ASIS members achieve certifications in both the respected CPP and PSP qualifications.

“Bob will be sadly missed by all and our sincere and heartfelt thoughts and sympathies are with his loved ones at this difficult time,” concluded Clark. “There will be a further notification with regards to the funeral and the family’s wishes. ASIS will be represented and send flowers/make a donation as appropriately advised.”

All of us here at Risk Xtra and Pro-Activ Publications convey our sincerest condolences to Bob’s family and his many friends and industry colleagues within the security business sector at this very sad time.



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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