Secretary of State for Business to address delegates at OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit

Greg Clark MP: Keynote speaker at the OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit

Greg Clark MP: Keynote speaker at the OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit

The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, is set to provide the Keynote speech at the upcoming Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) Thought Leadership Summit, which takes place on Thursday 1 March at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in central London.

Speaking under the heading ‘An Industrial Strategy and Brexit: Thinking About Opportunities for the Security Sector’, Clark will review the Government’s recently-launched Industrial Strategy and outline the current state of play in relation to Brexit, while also offering some in-depth thoughts on the implications and opportunities presented by the latter for business in general and the security sector in particular.

Born in Middlesbrough, Clark studied economics at Cambridge University before earning his PhD from the London School of Economics. Clark was elected Conservative MP for Royal Tunbridge Wells in 2005. He was appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 11 May 2015. Previously, he had been appointed Minister of State on 7 October 2013 and as the Minister for Universities and Science on 15 July 2014.

Interestingly, Clark served as director of policy for the Conservative Party from March 2001 for three successive leaders – namely William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard – before being elected as an MP in 2005.

Clark was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in October 2008, having previously been Shadow Minister for Charities, Social Enterprises and Volunteering. He then took up the position of Minister of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, with direct responsibilities for decentralisation and planning policy.

Clark was appointed Minister for Cities in July 2011 and as Financial Secretary to the Treasury in September 2012.

Before entering politics, Clark worked for the Boston Consulting Group, one of the world’s top business strategy firms. He was posted to the USA, Mexico, South America and Iceland, as well as working for clients in the UK. He has also served as head of commercial policy at the BBC.

Public and private sector partnerships

Ian Dyson QPM: Commissioner of the City of London Police

Ian Dyson QPM: Commissioner of the City of London Police

‘A Police Perspective on Private and Public Sector Partnerships in the Security Industry’ is the subject of Ian Dyson QPM’s delivery at the Thought Leadership Summit.

Like other sectors, the police service is expanding into the online world at a time when cyber security has never been so critical to business success. What are the barriers to greater collaboration with law enforcement, though, and what lessons can be learned from the public/private partnerships that exist in the physical security space? Answering these key questions will be a focus for Dyson’s delivery.

Joining the Metropolitan Police Service in 1983, with service as assistant chief constable in Surrey Police from 2008, Dyson moved to the City of London Police as commander in 2010.

Leading on organisational change and economic crime, he also led the national roll-out of the 101 non-emergency number. Assistant commissioner from 2012 leading on performance, cultural change and leadership in general across the force, Dyson was promoted to commissioner of the City of London Police in January 2016 and later awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year Honours List.

From June 2016, Dyson stepped up further from his information assurance portfolio and took on the role of national policing lead for information management and IT-related issues.

Transformation of the security industry

Craig Robb of Securitas UK

Craig Robb of Securitas UK

‘The Transformation of the Security Industry’ will be discussed by Craig Robb, chief commercial officer at Securitas UK. Security is transitioning from a traditional guarding and transactional commodity approach towards value-driven, predictive total security solutions. Investment in new technologies will be essential here, as indeed will a change in perception of the security officer’s role and the security industry as a whole.

Robb is responsible for all UK commercial functions at Securitas including sales, marketing, communications, bid management and commercial process/compliance. Working with both UK and international customers alike, Robb’s role involves drawing upon global Best Practice from across the 54 countries in which Securitas operates, ensuring all the while that customers benefit from Best in Class protective services.

With over 12 years industry experience, Robb has held both operational and commercial positions within a variety of roles across the business.

Also speaking at the Thought Leadership Summit is Andrew Thomson, director of property services at The Shard in London. Thomson will be talking about dealing with the Board in relation to security.

Challenging good and bad perceptions 

Speaking about the Securitas-sponsored Thought Leadership Summit, Perpetuity Research’s director Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI, founder of the OSPAs, informed Risk UK: “The programme will challenge good and bad perceptions about security and certainly promises to generate a lively debate.”

Doors will open to the event at 11.45 am. Luncheon will be provided, and an exhibition of products and services will be on display. The event is due to conclude at 5.15 pm, with the UK OSPAs 2018 Awards Ceremony following at 6.45 pm.

*Delegate places are available at a cost of £100 + VAT per person. To book your place and find out more information visit

**The OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit event is organised with the support of the Security Commonwealth

***Risk UK is an Official Media Partner of the UK OSPAs 2018

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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