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

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

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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