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The Security Institute unveils all-new format for Annual Conference entitled: ‘The State of Security 2016’

by Brian Sims

Now in its ninth year, The Security Institute’s Annual Conference and Exhibition is the premier educational event for the organisation, its members and specially invited guests. This year’s gathering will, with the aid of several high profile speakers, explore the security issues that have arisen in 2016, not to mention those set to impact on security practice into 2017 and beyond.

Introducing the changes to be made this year, Andrew Nicholls (The Security Institute’s deputy chairman) explained to Risk UK: “With past conferences, we’ve always selected a theme and chosen speakers to deliver presentations that supported those themes. However, the security situation is a fast-evolving set of circumstances, and events can suddenly become hugely important. In days gone by, we’ve not had the flexibility to include them in our flagship event. This year, we’re putting the emphasis 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 is to be titled ‘The State of Security 2016’, with the list of speakers reflecting a significant level of expertise and authority.

Chairman for the event – which takes place on Thursday 22 September at the Amba Hotel, Bryanston Street, Marble Arch, London W1H 7EH – is Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI, one of the leading researchers into security and related issues and director of PRCI.

Professor Gill is going to be introducing a line-up of speakers that already 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 analyst/commentator on counter-terrorism, counter-radicalisation, Government counter-terrorist policies and Middle East strategies.

Other speakers include Brett Lovegrove SyI (CEO of the City Security and Resilience Networks) and Sean Cunningham OBE (former head of the New Scotland Yard Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Unit and now group operations manager for the Inkerman Group). Further speakers will be announced in due course.

Nicholls added: “We really do have a stellar line-up for ‘The State of Security 2016’, and I can promise attendees an illuminating series of presentations and discussions focusing on matters of direct concern current on the day of the conference. To my knowledge, no other conference has this degree of flexibility in tailoring content to match real world events in real-time.”

Topics to be discussed will be announced shortly before the event takes place. They’ll be influenced by real world developments in order to ensure the content is absolutely up-to-the-minute.

Event logistics and booking details

The conference runs from 8.30 am through until 5.00 pm. This is followed by a formal black-tie dinner to mark the Women in Security Awards 2016. The latter presents an ideal opportunity to network with delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors, but also recognise and honour the accomplishments, value and contributions of women within the wider world of security.

*Early Bird Rates (Book by Friday 1 July 2016)

Conference and Dinner: £162.50 per SyI member/£222.50 per non-member

Conference only: £120.00 per SyI member/£170.00 per non-member

Dinner only: £75.00

Payment must be received no later than Friday 1 July 2016 or Early Bird Rates will not apply

*Standard Rates (from 2 July 2016)

Conference and Dinner: £201.50 per SyI member/£261.50 per non-member

Conference only: £149.00 per SyI member/£199.00 per non-member

Dinner only: £75.00


Conference only: £99.00

This rate is available for student members, new members (since October 2014) and unemployed members (who must actively be seeking work)

*All prices are inclusive of VAT where relevant

Book your place for The Security Institute’s 2016 Annual Conference

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