Now in its ninth year, The Security Institute’s Annual Conference and Exhibition is the premier educational event for the organisation. With the aid of an array of high profile speakers, this year’s gathering – for which Risk UK is the Official Media Partner – is designed to explore the security issues that have arisen in 2016 and which will impact on security practice into 2017 and beyond.
Until now, tradition has dictated that The Security Institute always selected themes for its popular Annual Conference and subsequently chose speakers to deliver presentations that ably supported those themes. However, the security situation is now characterised by a fast-evolving set of circumstances, and events can suddenly become hugely important.
“This year,” explained Andrew Nicholls MSyI, deputy chairman of The Security Institute and conference organiser, “we’ve placed the emphasis first and foremost on securing authoritative speakers and acknowledged experts who will present on up-to-the-minute issues that affect the security situation. This allows us enormous content flexibility, and also means that attendees can be guaranteed insights into what are the live and pressing issues of the moment.”
The conference will run under the heading ‘The State of Security 2016’ and review the key trends, issues and threats facing society. Chairman for the event – which takes place on Thursday 22 September at the Amba Hotel, Bryanston Street, Marble Arch in central London – is Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI, one of the leading researchers into security and its related issues and director of PRCI.
“I’m delighted to be associated with an event that’s gradually becoming a ‘must attend’ on the security calendar,” enthused Professor Gill. “What makes this conference interesting? The topic marks a departure from what has typically been offered. The 2016 conference is focused on society and, from that, we can expect the speakers to draw out the security implications. I’ve attended some good conferences over the years, but the key is having good speakers. Andrew Nicholls has done an excellent job here. All of this year’s presenters are hugely knowledgeable, and they’ll be wholly focused on offering their own salient insights.”
Expertise and authority
The list of speakers assimilated does indeed reflect a significant level of expertise and authority. Professor Gill is going to be introducing a line-up of presenters that includes Sir David Veness CBE QPM (former Assistant Commissioner of Specialist Operations at the Metropolitan Police Service and United Nations Under Secretary-General for Safety and Security).
Sir David will be joined on the platform by Major General Chip Chapman CB, former head of counter-terrorism for the Ministry of Defence and a regular commentator on counter-terrorism, counter-radicalisation, Government counter-terrorist policies and Middle East strategies. The title of Chapman’s presentation is ‘Privacy and Security in the Era of Big Data and Terrorist Threats’.
“In the digital era,” said Chapman, “and as we move further towards the Internet of Things, risks to individual privacy and security will be amplified. Information assurance and privacy assurance are frequently at odds. Who owns the risk, and should we be concerned about these issues? We should, for they’re at the very heart of a liberal democracy. The cursor on where risk should lie in front doors, back doors, encryption and State surveillance are all live issues as technological advances afford an unparalleled ability to see and know individual and corporate moves.”
Other speakers include Sean Cunningham OBE (former head of the New Scotland Yard Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Unit and now group operations manager for The Inkerman Group), Lord Evans of Weardale KCB DL (Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and an Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews), Baroness Ruth Henig CBE (president of The Security Institute, a Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords and former chair of the Security Industry Authority) and Dr Karin von Hippel (director general of the Royal United Services Institute).
Brett Lovegrove FSyI (CEO of City Security and Resilience Networks) and Sue Fish OBE QPM (chief constable of Nottinghamshire Police and the National Policing Lead for Business Crime Reduction) are due to make thought-provoking presentations.
Referencing his own subject of choice, Lovegrove observed: “For the avoidance of doubt, leaders are definitely created. Selected leaders are traditionally entered into a plethora of command courses designed to ensure that they adhere to the thinking processes, policies and procedure that would hopefully make them good at responding to crises. Equally, a huge number of books exist that help to identify what type of leader is the best and whether they fit other people’s expectations.”
Lovegrove continued: “All of these courses and books are important and highly recommended, but this preparation isn’t the whole story. Good leaders become great leaders if they’re able to identify what elements in their life have contributed towards the leadership traits they harbour today. It’s other people’s influences that make great leaders. This means it’s critical for them to understand that truism if they’re to fully comprehend where their strengths and vulnerabilities are to be found. Being able to come to terms with how they as individuals ‘tick’ will provide an insight as to what strengths they can rely upon when spontaneous crises occur.”
Sharing good practice
Sue Fish is delighted to have been asked to speak at The Security Institute’s Annual Conference. “It’s a significant event for all of us engaged in security to reflect on the challenges we face professionally and organisationally, as well as locally and globally,” explained Fish. “Some of the challenges set by the current levels of global instability make it even more important that good practice is shared such that we can manage and mitigate the threats facing us in an ever more effective and sophisticated manner.”
Fish has been asked to speak “with candour” about her career to date. “Having worked closely with colleagues from the security and business worlds, I do hope my words will have real resonance with members of the audience.”
Also speaking on the day are Neil Robertson (group head of security at Unilever) and Bill Fox, founder and executive chairman of Maybo and a leading specialist in the prevention and management of conflict and violence.
“From a business perspective,” outlined Robertson, “an unchecked terror threat can have a rapid impact on the local operating environment, while also undermining the confidence and creativity of the people that every organisation relies upon. My presentation will capture an analysis of how to protect a global business against the full gamut of threats, including organised crime and natural disasters. It’s also a story of how to lead and communicate the security agenda in a highly diversified and autonomous company.”
Conflict exists in different forms at all levels, of course, both internally and at the interface with the public. In his presentation for The Security Institute, delivered under the banner ‘Testing Times: Developing Our Ability to Manage Conflicts’, Bill Fox will look at where the challenges now reside for organisations and their front line personnel. He’ll focus on some of the more complex settings and challenging roles and behaviours experienced, in turn identifying the key steps to be taken to improve performance and reduce risks.
“We really do have a stellar line-up for ‘The State of Security 2016’,” concluded Andrew Nicholls. “I can absolutely promise attendees an illuminating series of presentations focusing on matters of direct concern current on the day of the conference.”
Event logistics and booking
Tickets for the conference are priced at £149.00 for Institute members and £199.00 for non-members. The conference runs from 9.00 am through until 5.00 pm and will be followed by a drinks reception.
The evening welcomes a formal black tie dinner to mark the Women in Security Awards 2016. These awards are designed specifically to recognise and honour the accomplishments, value and contributions of females within the wider world of security.
Sponsors and exhibitors
Sponsors of The Security Institute’s Annual Conference 2016 are Insafe, Heras UK and SecuriGroup. Exhibitors at this year’s event are Associated Security, Dallmeier, Emerge Poverty Free, Esoteric, Gallagher, the International Secure Minds Training Academy, Paxton, QCC Global, The City of London Crime Prevention Association and City Security.
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