Corporate security, technology, manpower and business leaders from across London attended the Summer Security Conference hosted by The Shield Group in June at the museum ship HMS Belfast. Chaired by Ken Stewart, The Shield Group’s Corporate Risk Director and a Former Detective Chief Superintendent at the City of London Police, over 100 senior customers and guests joined The Shield Group’s team of experts for an afternoon of networking, high-tea and presentations from dynamic speakers from the public and private sectors. Tony Porter, Surveillance Camera Commissioner for England and Wales at The Home Office, discussed the importance of surveillance cameras and the challenges in using such technologies. Porter began his career at Greater Manchester Police and was subsequently appointed Head of CID for South Manchester. In his role as Commissioner, he is currently responsible for encouraging compliance with the surveillance camera code of practice, reviewing the effectiveness of the code and providing advice on the appropriate and transparent use of surveillance camera systems, all of which he discussed at the Summit. Detective Chief Superintendent Jeff Davies, Head of Crime and Counter Terrorism at the City of London Police spoke about the importance of CCTV surveillance in tackling crime and terrorist threats. Speaking about the event, The Shield Group’s Ken Stewart says,” The Conference was yet another fantastic opportunity to emphasise the most pressing security issues currently facing the UK and abroad.”
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.