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Adam Bannister is a contributor to IFSEC Global, having been in the role of Editor from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam also had stints as a journalist at cybersecurity publication, The Daily Swig, and as Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
June 15, 2018

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IFSEC Global influencers 2018: Security thought leadership

After consultation with a panel of highly respected judges, we’re delighted to reveal the IFSEC Global influencers 2018 – security thought leadership category.

The roll call of influencers across the security and fire industries is broken down into seven categories – which you can click on below to reveal the final rankings.

We defined ‘influence’ in the following ways:

  • Someone who has played a key role in driving technological innovation
  • Someone who has been a driving force in changing regulationstandards/guidance or best practice
  • Someone whose insights/opinions are widely respected and which are influential in shaping debate around industry issues
  • Someone who has been instrumental in the success of the organisation or business they lead or are employed by
  • Someone who has helped to raise the industry’s profile or been an influential voice in the national media

We’d like to thank Grant Lecky, co-founder of the Security Partners Forum, for his tireless efforts as lead judge. Lecky, who himself featured in IFSEC Global’s list of top influencers in 2014 and 2017, appointed the panel of judges (which you can also view below) and coordinated the nominations and judging process. Thanks also to Bonnie Butlin, also co-founder of the Security Partners Forum and number one in last year’s international thought leader rankings, for helping to coordinate the process.

You can network with some of the influencers during a meet-and-greet session during IFSEC International, 19-21 June 2018, ExCeL London – between 4-5pm on Wednesday 20 June in the ASIS Lounge.

IFSEC Global security & fire influencers 2018 – the other categories

Security manufacturers/service providers

Security management

Security executives


Fire safety

System design, installation & integration

Security thought leadership

Jara Franco Presidente da Associação de Diretores de Segurança de Portugal

20. Jara Franco, Presidente, da Associação de Diretores de Segurança de Portugal (President, Association of Portuguese Security Officers)

Jara Franco is also been professor, consultant and director of security, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa sine 2012. Before that he was a Member of the General Council Company Name Cardinal Cherry Tree Foundation for three years. Prior to that he was Vice President, President and member of the Deontological Council at the Association of Officers of the Armed Forces.

He has a degree in Management and Security Direction and doctorate in International Relations, Geopolitics and Geoeconomics from University of Lisbon.

In his own words (translated): My interests lie within the scope of safety & security education and consultancy and human resources management. I am organized, entrepreneurial and determined to achieve my goals. I like to have a strategic approach to problems, teamwork. I place special emphasis on the goals and the empathy necessary to have an effective relationship with others.

Mark Folmer -TrackTik

19. Mark Folmer VP, Security Industry, TrackTik

Mark Folmer previously worked for consulting firm BECQ Group and Bell Canada and is now VP Security Industry at Tracktik, a Montreal-based Security Workforce Management software provider. Since 2010, Mark has been involved in the Standards and Guidelines process. He has held active roles on the Private Security Officer Standard Technical Committee, the Private Security Company (PSC.1) working group and the Security Service Council.

Mark Folmer took the post of Senior Regional Vice President, Group 6 (Canada), ASIS International, in 2017 and has been involved with ASIS in Canada for two decades. His focus is on supporting the more than 2500 members in Canada, driving the relevance of the association and sharing international initiatives to advance the security industry in the country. His views were reported in media outlets such as Security Management Online, Professional Security Magazine and Risk UK.

A business school graduate Mark has acquired operations experience all over Canada and certifications such as Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and from The Security Institute (MSyI).

“Apart from being an engaged industry volunteer, Mark is a mix of security services specialist, security practitioner, consultant, workforce software, technology proponent, thought leader and university teacher who strives to make links and connections between business goals and security programs industry-wide. Seeing the need for security professionals to harness data.

“Mark’s approach to Enterprise Security Risk Management is a critical component of the technological innovations behind the TrackTik platform. Mark is focused on sharing his industry knowledge and security expertise across the company contributing to the overall mission of delivering the industry standard when it comes to Security Workforce Management Software. Mark’s expertise brings a competitive edge for the TrackTik technology, making it grounded to the industry’s reality and compliant with the legislation in many regions of the world.

“Mark addresses industry issues with his peers aiming to find solutions and define industry best practices. His innovative approach on security technology, data use, ESRM and industry improvement are also at the center of his contribution when teaching the next generation of security professionals: his students of the Security and Police Studies program at Université de Montréal.”


18. Marcy Jose de Campos Verde, ABSEG

“Marcy José de campos Verde is one of the most important security professors in Brazil. He is one of the greatest consultants we have and is always open to teaching others. Has two books published with other professionals, which are: Security in the Industry – Debates on Strategy and Management; safety booklet for children and adolescents. Is part of and helped to found the group in Excellency in Security of the Regional Council of Administration of the State of São Paulo. Lecturer at several security congresses.”


17. James Willison, founder, Unified Security Ltd

James Willison is an International thought leader in Security Convergence and Enterprise Security Risk Management and an Associate Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University. James was awarded the Imbert Prize for an ‘outstanding contribution to the Security Industry in 2011’ for his work on convergence with ASIS Europe and the Information Security Awareness Forum. Following his MA in Security Convergence with Loughborough University and BP in 2005 he has proactively campaigned for a unified cyber physical security response to all security risks.

In 2008 he was appointed Convergence Lead for ASIS UK and the Information Security Awareness Forum and brought together over 20 security associations to write the content for a new security standard. As a result of this collaboration, together with Alessandro Lega, James ensured that Security Convergence was defined and discussed for the first time in a security standard and the ANSI ASIS PAP Standard was published in 2012. He promoted this converged approach to security with Alessandro Lega and Volker Wagner in the ASIS European Convergence/ESRM committee so that the strategy has become widely known and understood across Europe.

James worked closely with Professor Martin Gill on a Cyber Crime report in 2016 which evidenced that security convergence is the preferred strategy for security professionals. He is working with UBM on the first cyber physical security operations centre to be featured at IFSEC in June 2018. This will demonstrate a real time response to security attacks on cyber physical/IOT systems and will be a central focus of IFSEC.

“James Willison has made his mark on the security industry on a global basis. His work in the advancement of security management spans academia, domestic and global security associations, and practical application of the advancement of security convergence and enterprise security risk management. He is recognized not only in the UK, but many other countries as a strong voice for the positive advancement and evolution of security management”. 

“I have known James Willison for over 10 years and I enjoy working with him. James is my Deputy Chairman of the Sub-Committee Convergence / ESRM at ASIS International.I got to know him as one of the most important know-how carriers in the field of enterprise security risk management. James also passes on his extensive knowledge to others in order to increase security in the economy as a whole. He has published numerous articles, worked on standards and international projects, and talked at conferences”. 

Mark Tucknutt -Toren Consulting Ltd

16. Mark Tucknutt, founder, Toren Consulting Ltd

Mark has a Masters degree in Security Management (and one in Physics) and is Co-Chair of the Security Institute’s Built Environment Security Special Interest Group. His “nomination is based upon the combination of his career as a security consultant and the impact of that group on the security of buildings and public spaces in the UK.”

Although still in its infancy, the Security Institute Built Environment SIG’s aspirations include influencing the inclusion of UK planning policy and local plans and increasing recognition of the value that security manufacturers, installers, managers and consultants bring to the provision of high quality buildings and public spaces.

Through a career spanning the Home Office, the London 2012 Olympic Games and the UK’s leading security design consultancies Mark has consistently worked on projects for the most prestigious buildings in the country. Initially working for the Home Office Scientific Development Branch (latterly CAST), Mark tested and developed security equipment and provided security training for UK Government customers.

He moved to the Protect team of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, where he led projects providing protective security measures to the Royal Household and other VIPs. In the private security consultancy sector Mark worked at Control Risks and QCIC before founding Toren Consulting in April 2017. Mark initially worked for CR on the London 2012 Olympic Park’s biometric access control system, a precursor to the types of site management systems that are now prevalent on construction sites.

As an Associate Director for QCIC, Mark led the security design team on some of the most prominent commercial, residential and hotel developments in London. In April 2017 Mark founded Toren Consulting, focussed on providing pragmatic and proportionate security consultancy services to construction projects in the UK. Toren aims to gain maximum value for its clients from their investment in security consulting, through alignment with schemes such as BRE’s SABRE. Ultimately, Toren aims to demonstrate that security is an integral consideration in the design of buildings, by educating our clients and providing high quality security design services. Mark has been published in City Security Magazine (twice) and the RICS Commercial Property Journal. His blog can be found here.

“Mark has consistently worked on projects for the most prestigious buildings in the country. Initially working for the Home Office Scientific Development Branch (latterly CAST), Mark tested and developed security equipment and provided security training for UK Government customers”

4 - Martin Gill

15. Professor Martin Gill, director, Perpetuity Research

Martin Gill FSyI is a Professor of Criminology, an author of 13 books and more than 100 articles and editor of the Security Journal.

Gill won many plaudits for the second edition of his book the Handbook of Security, which was published in 2014. “Martin Gill has done more to advance the science and practice of security than anybody else around,” wrote Dr Marcus Felson, a professor of Criminal Justice at Texas State University. “Gill has used his considerable professional networks and knowledge of the field to assemble generalists and specialists to produce the most thorough array of chapters on security that I have seen so far.”

More recently Martin Gill is credited a the mastermind being the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs).

In 2014 Perpetuity Research undertook a project to examine the factors which contributed to outstanding performance in the security field, resulting in Aspiring to Excellence: The Case of Security Suppliers and Corporate Security by Gill himself and Amy Randall. The research was conducted because despite there being an abundance of research on business excellence, very little research focuses specifically on the security sector.

From these findings, the idea for the OSPAs was born.The OSPAs are based on the identified factors which contribute to security excellence and are designed to promote the security field and show the world that security is a fundamental and vitally important factor in business success.

“Works tirelessly to promote best practice in the security sector most recently with the launch of the OSPAs”

“Professor Martin Gill has been a leading light in security, both as a consultant and academic, for the longest time. His views often shape the industry and represent the balanced view without any commercial bias. Along with his other activities with trade associations, he is an incredible contributor to the industry.”

Paul Drury- The Security Institute

14. Paul Drury, head of corporate security, Experian

Paul has a proven track record of mitigating security risks in significant projects including the review of the businesses travel security and safety programme, the implementation of a pre-employment screening matrix to mitigate insider risks and a regulatory gap analyst to ensure compliance to security legislation.

Paul is also a Fellow and Vice Chairman of the Security Institute.

Paul professes to keeping track of trends in security, criminal and employment law. Paul writes a popular and informative blog “Chatback Security” which has a large following.

“Paul has been instrumental in making the Security Institute refocus and to concentrate on its members. He makes the time to be available for members, attends regular events and is extremely approachable. He really has made a significant improvement at the SyI since being elected as a Director and now Vice Chairman. He is also prolific on social media, sharing news, views and advice for peers across the industry.”

“A crucial part of several key initiatives this year. He is dedicated to the increase in standards across the Security Industry in general and has become a huge figure in his field professionally.”

Tatiana Diniz ABSEG

13. Tatiana Diniz, ABSEG – Associação Brasileira de Profissionais de Segurança (Brazilian Association of Security Professionals)

ABSEG – Brazilian Association of Segment Professionals was created in 2005, Tatiana Diniz, CPP, ASE assumed the presidency in the management from 2008 to 2010, continued its voluntary activity in the following administrations, acting strongly in the follow-up of the approval of the Seg. and returned to assume the presidency in the management from 2016 to 2018. He worked and works in the recognition of the professional of sec. trained in security management course by CRA / SP. He supported the cycle of lectures in colleges, where professionals of sec. give lecture to students of university courses of management in Mon. in several faculties, aiming to bring the practical experience to the future managers.

Focused on the expansion and participation of ABSEG in the Brazilian security fairs (ISC and Lasec), in addition to the booth in each fair, with content generation by organizing congresses and seminars (Seminar ISC ABSEG and COBSEG), aiming at the training of professionals in safety, meeting of authors of sec. as well as networking activities. It made it easier for ABSEG to support numerous safety events. in Brazil, with a view to its dissemination to professionals. It enabled technical visits in various companies for members, aiming at training and networking. In 2016 he coordinated in partnership with DESEG / FIESP – Depto. the Industry Seminar (2-day event (21 and 22 June 17) – 1 open to the public and the other with round tables of each panel), and the information generated in this event allowed a team of ABSEG and of DESEG generated the edition of a book “Safety in Industry – debate on strategy and management – more than 100 pages.”, released in November 17 at FIESP – Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo. Made events (lectures) for professionals of sec. in several states of Brazil.

Through contacts, with the CRA / SP- Regional Adm. Council and with the support of other professionals of sec, made possible the creation of the GESEG – Group of Excellence on Monday at 10abr17 – inside Ilha do Conhecimento – initiative of the CRA, coordinating this group, gathering professionals of seg . administrators, aiming to generate and share knowledge of the adm. of sec, to spread the best practices in seg. and the importance of the sec. and GESEG participated in ENCOAD 2017 (Meeting of Knowledge in Adm., 8th edition, multidisciplinary event organized since 2009 by CRA / SP), and GESEG has already done 2 events (lectures – legislation and high performance team). in the edition of 2017 gathered more than 1100 people, being 500 in the headquarters and the others in 8 cities with more than 50 speakers. In 2017 ABSEG released a video clip about the sec.

Ray Bernard - Ray Bernard Consulting Services

12. Ray Bernard Ray Bernard Consulting Services

Ray Bernard is a security consultant and author who has provided pivotal direction and advice in the security industry and the security profession for over 27 years.

Ray is President and Principal Consultant of Ray Bernard Consulting Services (www.go-rbcs.com), a group of highly expert corporate, physical and IT security consultants with outstanding track records in their fields of expertise. Ray has led many noteworthy security projects for international airports, nuclear disarmament facilities, sports stadiums, water districts, manufacturing plants and multiple-tower high-rise facilities.

He is also the Convergence Editor for Security Technology Executive magazine (formerly Security Technology & Design), for which he writes the monthly “Convergence Q&A” column as well as a highly-regarded articles about the Convergence of Physical Security and IT. He is a regular contributor to Security Dealer & Integrator magazine, for which he pens an article series about cloud computing for physical security systems. He also writes the Real Words or Buzzwords bi-weekly article series for SecurityInfoWatch.com.

Ray was named one of security’s Top 10 Movers and Shakers of 2006 by Security Technology & Design magazine. Ray is a Physical Security Professional (PSP) , a designation awarded by ASIS International, of which Ray is an active member. Ray sits on the educational committees both the Physical Security Council and the IT Security Council. Ray is also Board-certified in Homeland Security (CHS-III) by the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI). Ray has recently authored the book, Security Technology convergence Insights, published by Elsevier and available on Amazon and elsewhere. He is a contributing author to the Encyclopedia of Security Management, Second Edition (2007), covering the topics “The Convergence of Physical Security and IT”, “Access Control Levels”, and “Authentication, Authorization and Cryptography.”

“Provided pivotal direction and advice in the security industry and the security profession for over 27 years.”

peter french

11. Peter French SSR Personnel

Peter French MBE CPP is Managing Director of SSR® Personnel and has been employed within the service sector since l979. As a Founding Director he has used his past experience to develop, with our clients, specific initiatives. He holds a number of non-executive posts advising on human resource planning, motivation and psychometrics. He is the Chair of the ASIS European Advisory Council, European Member ISMA, and former Board Member London Crimestoppers. He is a Past Master and Trustee of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. He currently advises a number of community employment projects in the UK and overseas. Member of a regional taskforce committed to returning heritage buildings to achieve use by raising £10m supported by the Princes Trust BITC.

Peter has been a prominent figure in all matters relating to corporate security for some 30 years, he is founder and past Master of the WCoSP and has raised over £300k for charitable causes in the last 10 years.

Malcolm Reid - Brison LLC

10. Malcolm Reid Brison LLC

Malcolm Reid is a Board-Certified Security professional and has been a driving force for professionalism within the Security Industry globally. His influence has spanned multiple organizations having been featured in Security Management magazine, featured as a Volunteer leader of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and was a finalist for Personality of the Year for the Business Continuity Institute Awards- Americas.

He is currently a Commissioner on the ASIS Standards and guidelines commission, a Regional Vice President with ASIS International and on the Council for Business Continuity and Crisis Management. He has also been a member of the CPP Job Analysis Taskforce whose work keeps the Board Certification legally defensible.

Malcolm is also the Chairman of Chapter 182 for the ACFE. He has done Security assessments for critical infrastructure at the country level and has done organizational impact assessments and Enterprise program development for some large global organizations.

This graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point has been a speaker in multiple countries on various aspects of security. He has spoken to groups of Security professional, Business chambers, as well as students from the graduate level all the way to Elementary school on Security related and career enhancement topics. He recently formed two chapters for ASIS in the international space.

“He continues to be a strong voice for standards in the security field and expanding the profession by coalescing the expertise in regions that are struggling with security issues. He recently formed two chapters for ASIS in the international space. There is no doubt in my mind that he is indeed among the most influential people in the Security field globally.”

jacq lou

9. Jacqui Loustau, Head of Security Influence and Outreach, ANZ

Jacqui Loustau completed a Bachelor of Information Systems at Monash University and has since worked for various government agencies, European Commissions, financial institutions and utility companies on a range of security projects.

Now she is Head of Security Influence and Outreach for ANZ.

In 2015 she started the Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN), which aims to connect, support and inspire women to pursue careers in security through collaboration. This is now a national group of 1000 members across Australia with linkages to 22 other women in security groups and partnerships to other local women in IT groups.

Her words on the main challenges in her field for Bluenote: “I think collaboration with external companies, organisations and people is the only way we can win the battle against cybercrime and fraud. I think we need to work harder and more creatively to make security easy, seamless and understandable to the general public. Humans are our weakest link, we need to build a secure culture which people are aware and report fraud scams. I think teams need diversity of thought and skillset (UX, marketing, HR, legal, business and technology working together) in order to help achieve this.”

Ron Worman -The Sage Group

8. Ron Worman, founder and MD, The Sage Group

Ron Worman is the founder and managing director of The Sage Group®. He has been intimately involved with consultants, integrators, technology vendors and security executives in developing new models of value creation for the risk, resilience and security industry. The approach Worman developed for value creation is called The Path to Value™. Sage is also the producer of The Great Conversation in Security™, an executive leadership forum and community that focuses on leading innovation and change in the industry.

In the 80’s, Worman was with McDonnell Douglas Automation Company in the early days of Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing, Robotics, and Product Life Cycle Management. The division was later called McDonnell Douglas System Integration that marketed solutions under the moniker Unigraphics. Unigraphics became one of the dominant brands in the market during this time.

In the 90s, Worman helped a series of technology start-up companies develop a path to value. Two of the companies were successfully acquired and another went public on NASDAQ.

Worman has also helped develop partnerships and mergers between organizations within the security ecosystem creating a force multiplier in value.

Worman is a past board member of Seattle Pacific University and occasionally teaches in the MBA program as well as mentors graduate level students.

“Ron produces The Great Conversation in Security conference, which has transformed how security executives interact with security manufacturers and intergrators. Developing good coomunications between these diverse sectors enhances the development of products and services to meet the needs of secuerity practitioners.”

Brian Harrell - The George Washington University

7. Brian Harrell The George Washington University

Brian Harrell, CPP, is a Senior Fellow at The George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security (CCHS) where he provides insight and analysis on homeland security, counterterrorism, and cybersecurity issues. He is the former Operations Director of the Electricity ISAC and Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) where he was charged with helping protect North America’s electric grid from physical and cyber-attack.

Brian is the creator of the NERC Grid Security Exercise (GridEx) and the thought leader behind many of the physical and cybersecurity CIP standards used today by utilities. He has helped critical infrastructure companies protect their IT systems, industrial control systems (ICS), and facilities from attack. Brian has spent time during his career in the US Marine Corps, US Department of Homeland Security, and various private sector agencies with the goal of protecting the United States from security threats. Brian was recently recognized by Security Magazine as one of the most influential people in security.

Rowena Fell -EY

6. Rowena Fell EY

Her nomination: “One of the most dedicated, professional and personable individuals I have come across. Her approach to security and threat is always refreshing and she is one of those individuals who silences a room when she speaks. Her drive and determination to go that little bit extra, sets her apart from many of her peers (and superiors) and what I loved was her ability to get the best out of a close knit and often multinational team and frequently in very difficult and dangerous circumstances.

“When she worked for me she was responsible for facility, personnel and asset protection, interpreting and implementing a raft of different security policies that frequently have to be redefined to meet local conditions. She has taken that experience and driven it into better practice in the corporate world. She has had to liaise with many security organisations and agencies to ensure an overall coordinated approach to dealing with complex and challenging threats.

“She always has a fingertip understanding of the mandated processes, complex legal frameworks and freedom of interpretation that she must work under. Her work, judgement, advice, tenacity protected thousands of multinational military and civilian personnel on bases in hostile environments and in a peacetime location over 30 sites in many European countries. She never let me down.

“I have had the pleasure of working with her during her time at EY as I have introduced some organisations and sought her thoughts and advice on complex issues. I have also included her in select round table discussions where individuals at Chief Security Officer level with large organisations have debated many current issues. Rowena holds a room with her depth of thought, confident arguments and logical thinking. I have had several people mention privately that they wished she was on their team.

“Delivering in work is never enough for Rowena and that is why she helped found the Women’s Security Society (which I am a member), promoting gender equality in the industry and is an active member of ASIS and The Security Institute and is active with other professional events. She recognises the value of being part of the right networks and many of those networks which I work closely with, all recognise the value she adds, she has a strong reputation across many industry verticals. Now is the time for the industry to recognise her contribution.”

Major Manjit Rajain -Tenon

5. Major Manjit Rajain, chairman, Tenon Group

His nomination: “Major Manjit Rajain is Co-Chair at the Private Security Industry Committee of FICCI, India’s largest and oldest apex Industry Body. He is a member of ASIS & CII and is often invited by them to speak on issues related to the security industry.

“He was commissioned in the 11 Armoured Regiment of the Indian Army in 1984. During his 7 years of service he was actively engaged in operations in Rajasthan and Jammu & Kashmir. Subsequent to his service in the Army, he joined the Police force and rose to the level of Assistant Commissioner of Police, stationed in Jammu & Kashmir. Using his knowledge based security experience he forayed into entrepreneurship and incorporated Peregrine Security in 1995, which has been independently rated by KPMG, EY, Deloitte and Grant Thornton as amongst the top 4 security companies in India.

“A Paul Harris Fellow who served Rotary International as an Assistant Governor thrice has also been a recipient of many prestigious awards including The Security Entrepreneur of The Year, 2007 & ‘Security Leader of the Year’ in 2013. He has been nominated as the Global Advisor to the Yale School of Management, USA. He received the Global Achievers Award in Dubai in 2016. In January 2018 he received Asia One’s Greatest Leader Award in Singapore, the selection of which was done by PwC.

“As a member of various Industry Forums such as FICCI, He conceptualized and launched for the first time in the Security industry, Peregrine National Command Center (PNCC), which offers advisories and alerts on security situations. Under his leadership The Group developed an Innovative Platform for Quality & Compliance known as TAG (Technical Advisory Group) that comprises of subject matter experts across the spectrum of FM.

“Through his abled leadership, the organization has grown both organically and inorganically. Tenon today is a security and facilities management partner to major blue chip companies and is associated with more than 11 of the top global companies in the world. His entrepreneurial tenacity has evolved Tenon into a Multinational Corporation offering enhanced level of global services.”

“He foresaw the paradigm shift in the security domain and realized the importance of applying analytics to business and launched Soteria. As a financial mentor to the Group, he has charted its journey of growth and expansion through successful acquisitions. Through his tactical foresight & business acumen he expanded the arena of Tenon and acquired O&G & Elite two FM Companies in UK and Frontline in Singapore.”

Baroness Ruth Henig- Henig

4. Baroness Ruth Henig CBE SecuriGroup

Baroness Ruth Henig, President of the Security Institute and former Chair of the Security Industry Authority, has spent a lifetime in public service, spanning academia, local government, police authorities and government bodies. In recognition for a successful 24 year career in local government, including 10 years chairing the Association of Police Authorities in England and Wales, Ruth was awarded a CBE for services to policing. She was also appointed as Deputy Lieutenant for Lancashire in 2002 and made a life peer in 2004 as Baroness Henig of Lancaster.

Baroness Henig is now also a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, taking her place on the European Security Committee on Foreign Affairs and continuing to be an active member of the Independent Policing Commission. In a recent speech to the House of Lords, Ruth provided an argent defence of the crucial role that the Security Industry Authority has played in raising the standards of private security and how it needs further government support in order to modernise for the changing threat and the challenges faced by the modern security industry.

In 2006, Ruth was appointed Chair of the Security Industry Authority in which role she served six years, overseeing the introduction of the SIA’s role of regulating the private security industry and processing licences for individual security officers. In her role as a peer, Ruth has continued to focus on matters relating to policing, local government, criminal justice and in particular the regulation of private security. Baroness Henig was delighted to announce in April 2016 that she had been chosen to succeed Lord Alex Carlile as President of the Security Institute.

“In recognition for a successful 24 year career in local government, including 10 years chairing the Association of Police Authorities in England and Wales, Ruth was awarded a CBE for services to policing.”

Gavin Jones BRE UK

3. Gavin Jones BRE UK

His nomination in full: “Although classically trained as a mechanical and fire engineer, in 2009 Gavin Jones started to work in the security industry in the UAE. While employed at the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, he was instrumental in the development of the Abu Dhabi Safety and Security Planning Manual, the legislation and guidance that required security to be an integral part of every new development in the Emirate. This innovative manual was awarded the Security Excellence Award in 2014 for the category of International Achievement, and its use to secure the three high profile museums on Saadiyat Island received the award for the Counter Terror Solution of the Year, the first time it had been awarded to a planning process rather than a CT product.

“On his return to the UK, Gavin Jones did not sit on his laurels, commencing work at BRE UK. There he set about developing a security risk management process, mirroring the strengths and successes of the BREEAM system for sustainability. Towards the end of 2017 this was translated into SABRE, the first and only global security risk management standard for the built environment, which can be applied to projects in design, construction and live operations.

“Until now, there has been no way for a client to determine ‘what good security looks like’, or to determine the effectiveness of their security risk management processes. Security consultants have been able to deliver to their own standards, rather than to a global standard subject to third party review. While some have performed admirably during that time, the standard for others has fallen short, leaving clients exposed and with security strategies and systems that are not fit for purpose. SABRE has the potential to resolve many of these issues and could revolutionise the security industry. While some in the industry are fearful of its introduction, many organisations (including senior government planners, police and security organisations) view this as the methodology to help raise standards across the board, to bring together single element processes such as Secured By Design and Park Mark into a much wider, more encompassing, effective standard to guide and assess security risk management in the built environment.

“This standard is new and innovative, it has never been attempted by any other leading private or public security organization and the end product is well thought out and technically sound. Furthermore, as it is based on the BREEAM system for sustainability, developers and clients should be able to understand its foundation, which may help with its introduction and growth. SABRE, once fully adopted, will change the scope of works for security consultants, will raise the standards of those involved in the development of security designs for the built environment and will ultimately result in higher levels of security assurance to the senior business decision makers.”

Black and white photo of Dr Alison Wakefield, Senior Lecturer at Portsmouth University and Vice Chairman of the Security Institute.

2. Alison Wakefield The Security Institute

Dr Alison Wakefield FSyI is Chairman of the Security Institute, the UK’s largest association of security professionals. Alison is an academic criminologist based at the University of Portsmouth, where she runs the BSc Risk and Security Management and the Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management.

In 2011, Alison chaired the Security Institute working group that designed the pathways to becoming a Chartered Security Professional, and she now serves on the Chartered Security Professionals Registration Authority. Alison is also a member of the advisory council for the International Security Expo, held at London Olympia every November, and she was recently appointed an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a world renowned defence and security think tank.

Alison is a prodigious author, having written Selling Security: The Private Policing of Public Space (Willan Publishing, 2003); and she is editor of The Sage Dictionary of Policing with Jenny Fleming (Sage, 2009) and Ethical and Social Perspectives on Situational Crime Prevention with Andrew von Hirsch and David Garland (Hart Publishing, 2000). Alison currently serves on the editorial boards of Security Journal, the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, and the Internet Journal of Restorative Justice, and the international advisory board of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology.

Prior to joining the University of Portsmouth in January 2010, Alison taught at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She has previously lectured at City University London and the University of Leicester, and worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant. Alison was Executive Secretary of the British Society of Criminology from 2004 to 2008.

“For many years his was a lone voice. It would have been more lucrative to sell security technology solutions, pen-testing or ‘magic boxes’, but for nearly 20 years The Security Company (International) Limited has stuck to its mission of raising employee security awareness – along the way working with a stellar cast of forward-thinking blue-chip clients […] Without doubt one of the most inspirational people I have ever met.”

Richard Chase - ASIS International

1. Richard (Dick) Chase, President, ASIS International

Richard (Dick) Chase, CPP, PCI PSP is the President of ASIS International, and the VP for Environmental, Health and Safety, Human Resources, International Trade Compliance and Security for General Atomics and Affiliated Companies.

Dick was formerly the Chief Security Officer for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for the Department of Justice. His experience makes him a recognized thought leader in the areas of security, information assurance, life safety, protection of assets and executive leadership.

His contributions to the security profession are numerous through his memberships in ASIS International where he serves as a member of the Board of Directors and the 63rd President, a member of International Security Management Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Dick’s professional focus is on developing new members in the security profession, aiding with career pathing for members of the security profession (both first and second careers), and developing security strategies around emerging topics such as artificial intelligence and enterprise security risk management (ESRM).

Helps security professionals shape their professional careers around anticipating and countering threats in a proactive manner.

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