Geoff Tate” CEO at the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB)” is the recipient of this year’s Peter Greenwood Award. Sponsored by the Fire and Security Association (FSA), the Peter Greenwood Award is designed to recognise professionals in the security systems sector who have made an outstanding contribution. The accolade was set up in memory of Peter Greenwood, former head of the Electrical Contractors’ Association’s (ECA) Security Group, after he passed away back in 1995. Tate has won the 2014 award for his work with the SSAIB over the last 15 years. After taking over the CEO’s role from founder David Hinge, Tate built the SSAIB into a body with more than 1,500 registered firms. He also expanded its remit within the sectors of security guarding and electronic security systems, fire protection, environmental management and occupational Health and Safety management systems, in addition to telecare monitoring equipment for social alarms. Speaking about this tremendous accolade, Geoff Tate said:” I’m delighted to have won this award, and that my peers feel so strongly that my work merits winning it. The past 15 years have been significant for the SSAIB as we’ve tried to strike a balance between expanding our offerings and services without losing sight of the qualities that set us apart from other certification bodies. Despite our increase in size and scope, I’m pleased that we have been able to preserve this vital aspect of our identity and culture.” Pat Allen, the FSA’s chairman, commented:” Geoff is a very worthy winner of this award, having grown the SSAIB from a relatively small organisation into one which is recognised as the primary certification company for firms in the security services sector. I congratulate him on his win, and hope the industry will continue to benefit from his extensive knowledge and experience when he moves into the role of chairman of the SSAIB later this year.”
SSAIB CEO Geoff Tate wins prestigious Peter Greenwood Award
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.