Women in Security Awards 2017: Winners announced

Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
September 18, 2017

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Picture above, left to right:  Richard Jenkins (NSI), Michelle Bailey (Active Response ) Keeley Watson (Wilson James), Samantha Bamford (Pelco by Schneider), Siobhan Plunkett (GSLS), Roy Cooper (Professional Security magazine)

Samantha Bamford from Pelco by Schneider, Michelle Bailey from Active Response, Siobhan Plunkett from GSLS and Keeley Watson from Wilson James have triumphed in the Women in Security Awards 2017.

Hosted by the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) and organised by Professional Security Magazine, the ceremony took place on 14 September aboard the Harmony cruise boat of Bateaux London on the River Thames.

The awards were founded six years ago by Una Riley, CEO of iAudit Consultants, to recognise the outstanding achievements of women working in the security sector.

Here is confirmation of the victors, chosen from among more than 150 nominations, across four categories:

  • Technical – Samantha Bamford, Pelco by Schneider
  • Contribution to industry – Michelle Bailey, Active Response (NSI Guarding Gold-approved)
  • Best manager – Siobhan Plunkett, GSLS
  • Frontline – Keeley Watson, Wilson James (NSI Guarding Gold-approved)

Left to right: Richard Jenkins (NSI), Dianne Gettinby (NSI), Javeria Ayaz Malik (ActionAid International), Roy Cooper (Professional Security magazine)

Some 120 guests attended the black tie event, which featured a welcome address from NSI CEO Richard Jenkins and a four-course dinner.

And Javeria Ayaz Malik, international security advisor and head of the staff security department at ActionAid International, delivered an address on coordinating the organisation’s safety and security policy and establishing external relationships with global security networks.

Roy Cooper, publisher of Professional Security Magazine, and Una Riley introduced the awards.

“It was a pleasure to host these awards and see so many people gather to celebrate achievements of women within our industry,” said Richard Jenkins. “The evening was a huge success and we were delighted with the number of nominations received.

“The security sector has a wealth of varied and fulfilling roles, including product development, technical support, managerial and frontline and it’s encouraging to see more and more women choosing careers which have been traditionally male dominated.

“I congratulate last night’s winners and finalists on their outstanding achievements and contribution and have no doubt they will help to inspire other women to take forward their careers in the security sector.”

NSI certifies security companies by auditing their compliance with relevant British and European standards, codes of practice and certification schemes.

The IFSEC International team

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