Wilson James wins Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award

Wilson James, the provider of security, logistics and aviation services, won the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative of the Year Award at the 2019 IFSEC Security and Fire Excellence Awards. The win recognised a pioneering partnership between the business, The Shaw Trust and Google to provide work experience and career opportunities in the security industry to individuals with visible and hidden disabilities.

Gemma Quirke, managing director for security and aviation at Wilson James, stated: “Our goal in developing this programme with our partners was to literally change the face of the security industry, which often suffers from stereotyped perceptions. In the 21st Century, security risks are more complex than they’ve ever been and require a wider set of skills and expertise to understand and manage. Diversity efforts are therefore not a PR exercise, but a necessity in our field. We need new and more diverse talent and ambition more than ever, and we need to be proactive about seeking and developing that talent. It’s about doing the right thing: for our clients, our industry and for the people who choose to build their careers within it.”

Richard Steel from Google’s global security and resilience services team, commented: “We’re proud to partner in this initiative and demonstrate our commitment to bringing down barriers that exist due to physical or hidden disability. Our mantra remains clear: we should consider what an individual can do, not focus on what they cannot.”

Jon Smith, head of the work and health programme at The Shaw Trust, concluded: “The Shaw Trust is pleased to have been involved in this partnership. As one of the Top 25 largest charities in the UK, we recognise the importance of working with a diverse set of stakeholders and champion the value of collaboration with forward thinking employers in order to provide increased opportunities for the participants on our programmes. I would like to congratulate Wilson James on winning this award. I look forward to working with them, and other like-minded employers, to help in closing the disability employment gap.”

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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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