UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards 2018: Category finalists announced

The 2018 category finalists for the UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) have been announced. The OSPAs are currently offered in eight countries and showcase the excellent work and outstanding contribution that companies, teams and individuals alike are making to the security industry across the world.

This year has witnessed a significant increase in the number of UK entries received and, according to the organisers, all of the finalists should feel very proud in passing a score threshold to take them through to the next phase of the competition.

Winners will be announced at the UK OSPAs Awards Dinner to be held on Thursday 1 March 2018 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in central London.

The 2018 category finalists are as follows:

Outstanding In-House Security Manager/Director

Letitia Emeana (Amazon), David Cox (Andrews International), Mike Lees (Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust), Matthew Hollick (Broadgate Estates), Kuldeep Kainth (CIS Security) and Neil Eley (OCS)

Outstanding In-House Security Team

Adidas Profit Protection Team, Croma Vigilant Broadgate Estates/Glasgow Fort Team, Incentive-FM Bluewater Security Team, Kier Group Information Security Team, OCS Gracechurch Shopping Centre Security Team, pladis Security Risk and Crisis Management Team, Printworks Security Team, Sodexo Control Room Team, Sodexo Repsol Sinopec Security Team and the Wilson James Team at the Francis Crick Institute

Outstanding Contract Security Company

Axis Security, CIS Security, Croma Vigilant, ENGIE, FGH Security, GMS Security Services, Magenta Security Services, VSG and Wilson James

Outstanding Security Consultant

CornerStone GRG, IJA (Ian Johnson Associates), Abbey Petkar (Magenta Security Services), Alexander Pennington (Protectus Security Solutions), Peter Boyes of Securitas Security Services (UK), Eoin Morgan (Sodexo) and QCIC 

Outstanding Customer Service Initiative

Barnsley ‘Hospital Eyes’ – Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, FGH Security, G4S Street Ambassadors, G4S Re-Solutioning Shopping Centres, ProtectED Code of Practice – The University of Salford, BikeRegister – Selectamark Security Systems, Wilson James – Tate and VSG – Smile 

Outstanding Security Training Initiative

Aviva – ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ Training Awareness, CIS Security, Critical Cinema, FGH Security, innogy SE, pladis Training Initiative, RBS – ‘Friends Against Scams’ Team, Securitas – Learning and Development, Specsavers in partnership with The Security Company International and The SES Group Academy

Outstanding Security Installer

2020 Vision Systems, Building Protection Systems and WASP Security

Outstanding Event Security Team

Atomic Weapons Establishment FD17 Security Team, Croma Vigilant – Edinburgh International Conference Centre Team, FGH Security Team, G4S Events – One Love Concert Team, Wilson James – Museums Consortium Team and Wilson James – Facebook Team

Outstanding Security Partnership

Brighton Community Guarding Project, Cardiff University Partnership, CornerStone GRG and Google – ‘Partnering for Excellence’, FGH Security Partnership Initiative, Jaguar Land Rover and GMS Security Services, Kings Cross Estate Services and Andrews International, London Borough of Havering ‘Safe and Sound’ Partnership, SelectaDNA working in partnership with Merseyside Police and the Southwark Joint Enforcement Team

Outstanding Cyber Security Initiative

Kier Group – Information Security Team, SGN in partnership with The Security Company International and The IASME Consortium

Outstanding Security Equipment Manufacturer

BikeAway, Brisant Secure, Frontier Pitts, Gallagher Security, GJD Manufacturing, Insafe International, StaySafe, Tensor, Verint Systems and Vismo 

Outstanding Security Officer

Luke Etherington – Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Mel Watt – Croma Vigilant, Damola Abayomi – Interr, Muhammad Fahim – Mitie Total Security Management, John Griffiths – Mitie Total Security Management, Matt Bolger – Securitas Security Services (UK), Samir Benakmoum – Securitas Security Services (UK), Allan Web – Sodexo, Lukasz Wolek – Wilson James and Junior Scott – Wilson James

Outstanding Young Security Professional  

Lucy Payne – Aviva, Jade Davies – CIS Security, Sophie Harper-Booth – Sight & Sound Security and James M Wilson

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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