The Security Institute celebrates with new Chartered Security Professionals at The Inner Temple

The 2017 edition of the annual black tie dinner* for Chartered Security Professionals and their guests was held at the iconic Inner Temple in London on Thursday 16 March. Lord Alex Carlile QC CBE, chairman of the Register of Chartered Security Professionals’ Registration Authority, hosted the event and spoke in glowing terms of the respect held for the professional Register and those who have successfully gained admittance. The evening also included excellent speeches from Barra McGrory QC (director of public prosecutions for Northern Ireland) and Garry Evanson CSyP (chairman of The Security Institute).

In line with tradition, Lord Carlile presented the celebrated new Registrants with their Certificates of Admittance. As ever, this was a particularly special occasion and a very proud moment for all the recipients and their guests.

A total of 11 new Registrants were warmly applauded. They included Badar al Mamari, the first Omani national to achieve Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) status, and international CSyPs Adrian Nessel (from Albania) and Peter O’Connell (UAE). They join a growing list of internationally-based Registrants now spanning 15 countries.

Others receiving their certificates were Paul Kelly, Mike Lees, Rick Mounfield, Peter Shepherd, Dr David Boyd, Tom Parkhouse, David Buston and Dr Richard Botten. These individuals are representative of the diversity of CSyP backgrounds, themselves being employed by the NHS, the MoD, in information security, the nuclear sector, in retail, as consultants, in schooling and within the oil/gas sector.

With a current total of 117 registered Chartered Security Professionals worldwide, it’s evident that the Professional Register is becoming increasingly recognised as a true marque of excellence and pre-eminence in the professional security business sector.

It was also good to see many of the mentors and assessors in attendance, as their much-valued support of the application process is a vital element of the Register and its continued success.

Chartered Security Professionals not only have to demonstrate a high level of knowledge, practice skills and probity, but they must all commit to represent the highest professional standards across the many spectrums of security.

For those readers of Risk UK seeking to develop their professional career and who are keen to understand more about becoming a Chartered Security Professional, contact anyone on the published list of Registrants ( and they’ll readily assist you.

Alternatively, The Security Institute and ASIS UK are both licensed to admit applicants and offer assistance and guidance for those wishing to put forward an application.

Chartered Security Professionals represent ‘The Gold Standard’ in security.

*The event was generously sponsored by Dallmeier UK and Pilgrims Group


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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