Influencer Awards

2022 IFSEC Global Influencers in Security & Fire judges are revealed!


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January 26, 2022


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We are delighted to announce that the process has begun for the 2022 IFSEC Global Influencers in Security and Fire – public nominations have now closed and results will be released in May! 

The awards are designed to generate positivity across the industry by recognising the talent and efforts of some of the leading individuals tirelessly working to develop the security and fire safety sectors.

The judges, many of whom have been named as previous top influencers in the awards, all play prominent roles in the security and fire sectors across the globe. The panel consists of individuals from an array of different countries and fields of expertise – many have additional years of overseas experience – with more details about the individuals selected below.

Lead Judge and co-founder of the prestigious awards, Grant Lecky, returns for 2022, commenting: “Last year’s awards were bigger than ever, and I’m thrilled to say we once again have an exceptional and highly respected team of international judges from several disciplines in the field of physical and cyber security. The ‘Influencer of the Year’ award, introduced for the first time last year, adds an extra bit of recognition to proceedings as well, and as always we look forward to reading all the nominations that come in!”

Grant has held the lead judge position since 2018, working to ensure there is wide international representation and liaising regularly with the judges to maintain a fair and balanced process.

The 2022 influencers will be announced in the IFSEC Security Briefing (which you can register for here) in early May, ahead of IFSEC and FIREX International, taking place at London’s ExCeL on 17-19 May.

Categories for 2022 IFSEC Global Influencers

  • Security executives (the senior most official in an enterprise, whose primary duties encompass leading and managing security for the enterprise)
  • Security – end users (e.g. heads of security, managers of security teams)
  • Security – manufacturers/vendors/installers/integrators (those displaying exemplary work in the field of installation or specific projects, as well as technological innovation)
  • Security – thought leadership (e.g. association figures, academics)
  • Cyber security professionals and thought leaders
  • Security – One to watch (Specifically for championing the sector’s rising stars, nominees should have worked in the industry for no longer than five years)
  • Fire – all disciplines (UK only)
  • Fire – One to watch (Nominees should have worked in the industry for no longer than 5 years)

And, the overall ‘Security Influencer of the Year’ Award will once again be announced at the Security & Fire Excellence Awards, set to take place in London, UK in November. The winner will be chosen between the top influencers in the first five security categories listed above.

You can find out the winners of the 2021 awards, here.

How do we define influential?

This could be anyone:

  • Who has played a key role in driving technological innovation
  • Who has been a driving force in changing regulation, standards/guidance or best practice in their location/market
  • 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


The criteria for installers is slightly different, being an individual – not a company – who has done some or all of the following:

  • Consistently provided exceptional customer service
  • Delivered a particular project, or many projects, to exceptionally high standards
  • Been an innovator (e.g. cutting average installation times/costs through adoption of new tech or change of process)
  • Played a pivotal role in the success of their company (whether that is growing revenues, diversification into new markets, growing market share or reputation for excellence)

The 2022 judging panel

Lead Judge: Grant Lecky

Grant Lecky MSc. CSyP, F.ISRM, AARPI, CBCP is the co-founder of the Security Partners Forum (SPF), a network of security professionals that fosters greater communication and collaboration between the public, private and not-for-profit sectors across the globe.

In addition to the SPF, Grant, also currently serves as an Expert Network Member (Risk & Resilience) at the World Economic Forum, as member of the global advisory council of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management (ISRM) and is a winner of numerous accolades including a spot on the Canadian Who’s Who and the Bill Zalud Award through the IFPO and Security Magazine.

View Grant’s LinkedIn profile to find out about his other accolades and accomplishments.


Andrew Seldon, Editor, Hi-Tech Security Solutions

With a BSc in Computer Science, Andrew’s IT career included programming and running a support department before joining the world of technology journalism in 1995.

He has subsequently been editor of various publications in South Africa and Germany, where he was asked to provide an introductory lecture on Total Quality Management to the Excellence Masters Programme class at Ludwig-Maximillian’s University in Munich.

In 2014, Andrew attained his MBA in Leadership & Sustainability from the University of Cumbria. He is currently Editor of the premier security publication in Africa, Hi-Tech Security Solutions.

Antoinette King, Founder, Credo Cyber Consulting LLC

Antoinette King, Founder of Credo Cyber Consulting, LLC, has 21 years of experience in the security industry. Drawing on her 2+ decades of experience, Antoinette founded Credo Cyber Consulting in 2020 with the goal of providing clients with a holistic perspective on security, bridging the gap between the physical and cybersecurity domains with a focus on privacy and protection.

Antoinette holds certificates such as Board-Certified Physical Security Professional (PSP), certified Data Privacy Protection Specialist (DPPS), and has her SIA Security Industry Cybersecurity Certification (SICC). She has also published and presented on data privacy and cybersecurity in several capacities including Keynotes, webinars, and in-person engagements.

Antoinette actively participates in many security industry associations including ASIS, holding positions such as Chapter Chairperson of the Hudson Valley Chapter, member of the Women in Security (WIS) Global Council, and Co-Chair of the WIS Publications Committee.

Antonio de Barros Mello Neves, Country Security Manager, Heineken

Antonio is the Country Security Manager of Heineken Brasil and Vice-chairman of ASIS International – Chapter São Paulo Brasil (American Society for Industrial Security). Responsible for the management of the Corporate Security Team, with a focus on asset protection, units (breweries, distribution centres and offices), executives, events and logistics security, in a country of continental dimensions. Planning and cascading strategy to protect people, assets and image, definition of security solutions for application of electronic protection systems, security companies, internal investigations, loss prevention activities and others. All activities aligned with the strategy of the global security area (Netherlands), with elaboration and application of clear policies and procedures.

Brine Hamilton, Systems Engineer, Omnigo Software

Brine has spent over 15 years in the security industry, focusing primarily on the healthcare vertical in roles ranging from frontline security to a number of leadership positions.

Currently, Brine is a Systems Engineer at Omnigo Software, and part of the faculty at Fleming College, where he has twice been named a Top 10 Professor, and Seneca College. In addition, Brine serves on the Board of Directors as 2022 President of the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety.

Additionally, Brine is the host of three podcasts, the recipient of the 2020 IAHSS Ontario Chapter Security & Safety Leadership Award and named in Canadian Security’s Top 10 Under 40 in 2020.

Chris Kumeroa, Management Director, GRC Group

Chris Kumeroa, former Military Special Forces operative, now runs several global security consultancy and natural disaster technology firms based out of Aotearoa, New Zealand. He is now Management Director at GRC Group, New Zealand. There are a significant number of transferable skills Chris has carried over from his military background into the private sector, identifying gaps across the security risk management space and applying a methodology across a range of other sectors including the COVID-19 response and natural disaster risk.

As the world changes around us, including food and water security, mass-migration, climate change, natural disaster increase, super-power tension, economic challenges, racial tension, deprivation surge becomes all the more important for get an understanding about the drivers and how security has the important interface role, believes Chris. He argues that as an industry, we must continue to seek ways and means to help first understand the risk and the drivers, but also how we improve systems and people that help mage the risk.

Christopher Painter, President, The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise Foundation

Chris Painter is a leading expert on cybersecurity and cyber policy, Cyber Diplomacy and combatting cybercrime. He has been on the vanguard of US international cyber issues for over 30 years, first as a prosecutor of some of the most high-profile cybercrime cases in the country, and then as a senior official at the Department of Justice, FBI, the National Security Council, and finally the State Department.

In his most recent government role as the nation’s top cyber diplomat, Chris coordinated and led the United States’ diplomatic efforts to advance an open, interoperable, secure and reliable Internet and information infrastructure. He also established  the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues.

Chris is currently President of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise Foundation, serves on the Board of the Centre for Internet Security, is a non-resident Senior Advisor at the CSIS, and Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and is a member of the Public Sector Advisory Board for Palo Alto Networks.

Dan Goldberg, Executive Partner, Cybza

Dan Goldberg is an Executive Partner at Cyber Security firm, Cybza, and, for over two decades, has led Global Transformation and Cybersecurity programmes. Dan is also President and Chairman of Cyber Volunteers Australia, and Cyber Volunteers Emergency Services.

He is a dedicated advocate for championing diversity and inclusion, collaborating to establish opportunity for all looking to start in Cybersecurity.

In 2020, Dan was a judge for Cybersecurity Woman of the Year, and Top Women in Cybersecurity Singapore. In 2021, Dan was awarded Ally of the Year, as a male champion for change. He was also a Male Champion finalist in the Australian Women in Security Awards 2021.

Dave Tyson, President, Apollo Information Systems

Dave Tyson is the President of Apollo Information Systems, a Cyber Security consultancy with operations across the USA and Canada. He is also Co-Founder of Cyber Easy Learning, an online and classroom based Cyber Security training program that teaches Cyber Security in plain English.

His previous role was as a Chief Information Security Officer for SC Johnson, prior to joining SCJ he led programs for the largest Power Utility in the USA, was the Global Security operations lead for the largest E-commerce company in the world, and the Chief Security Officer for the Host City of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Dave currently serves as Co-Chair for the National Cyber Security Initiative for the Private Director’s Association, engaged in enhancing Board Cyber Security governance practices.

Francel Margareth Padilla-Taborlupa, Consultant & IS Officer, National Task Force Against Covid-19

Francel Margareth Padilla-Taborlupa, was recently named as one of the Top 30 Women in Security in ASEAN 2021, and one of the Top 10 Women in Cybersecurity in the Philippines for 2020. Her career has taken her through 25 years of security, study, research, teaching and administration.

She has served as an aide-de-camp to a Philippine President, security officer, operations officer, logistics and communications officer, visiting both Heads of State and dignitaries on notable occasions.

Francel is also a top VVIP Protection graduate, currently serving as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Philippines. She has worked on the front lines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as the former head executive assistant, and is now a Consultant to the Chief Implementer of the National Action Plan Against COVID-19 and Vaccine Czar.

Gabriela Reynaga Vargas, Consultancy Director, Holistics GRC

Gabriela Reynaga Vargas, CRISC, CISA, CDPSE, GRCP, is Consultancy Director at Holistics, providing a risk driven approach to cybersecurity, consulting for strategic and tactical cybersecurity needs. In addition to 20+ years of experience as an auditor and consultant, Gabriela also has a degree in Public Accounting. From 2018-2020, she served as a Member of the Advisory Board of the GFCE (The Global Forum of Cyber Expertise) and was also the past President of the ISACA Guadalajara Chapter.

Gabriela is currently a member of Fundacion CAPA 8 and was previously a board member of the ISACA Board of Directors for three years. She is an international speaker with ISACA, ASIS, OAS and other organisations, and has also contributed to several articles about cyber security, IT and corporate governance.

Hilary Walton, Chief Information Security Officer, Kordia Group

Hilary Walton is responsible for the business-critical connectivity, cybersecurity and cloud solutions for Kordia clients in both Australia and New Zealand.

Previously, she worked for both the Mi5 and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, leading the information security programme.

Hilary has a background in organisational psychology, security and risk management. She has also been a uniformed officer in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and has both written a book and developed an app on how to improve security culture.

In 2020, she won the Reseller News, Women in ICT Rising Star, she was also a finalist in the Women of Influence in New Zealand 2020 in the Board and Management category and was named the Reseller News: Women in ICT – Diversity and Inclusion Champion 2021.

Hong Sin, Kwek, CEO & Founder, Sinwattana Crowdfunding Corperation Ltd.

Hong Sin, Kwek, is a self-taught entrepreneur. During the COVID-19 outbreak, she initiated the new-norm of online conversations to continue engagement with CIO’s and expertise through a weekly live chat.

The ASEAN Green Communities Exchange program is her brainchild, set to be launched with the intention of supporting the conversation on a better liveable world.

Hong Sin, Kwek, is currently CEO of Sinwattana Crowdfunding Corporation Limited, in Thailand, a leading full-fledged crowdfunding portal offering social innovations and investment options for both equity and soon, debt securities. She works with government agencies to support huge sectors like Agriculture, F&B, Future Food, Manufacturing, Renewables Energy, Bio Life Science and more.

Hussam Khattab, Head of IT Audit, Arab Bank

Mr. Hussam Khattab is head of IT audit for a regional bank in Middle East and North Africa, and he has more than 15 years of experience in information assurance fields covering governance, digital transformation, cybersecurity and privacy. Holding Post Graduate Dipolma in Digital Business from Columbia Business School, MBA, and BSc degree in electrical engineering. He has multiple professional certifications, and he is CISA, CGEIT, CDPSE, PMP, ITIL and COBIT certified.

Hussam is the founding president for ISACA Amman Chapter, and he is currently the immediate past president. Hussam led the efforts of forming ISACA Amman Chapter from the very early start till becoming a global award-winning chapter. He has also participated in many taskforces for authoring a reviewing cybersecurity whitepapers and guidelines, magazine articles and participated in speaking roles at various international conferences.

James Willison, Founder, Unified Security Ltd.

James Willison, Founder of Unified Security Ltd., is a recognised International leader in security convergence and enterprise security risk management. In 2020, he was named #8 Cyber Security Professional in IFSEC Global’s Security Influencers.

James is currently a project manager for the IFSEC Converged Security Centre, and a reseller of Kaseware, an innovative cyber-physical investigative tool. He has more than 20 years of management experience in the physical and information security industry, including posts as Advisor on Convergence to the Mitie TSM Board, Senior lecturer in Security Management at Loughborough University, and Digital Security Expert with the European Union.

He has helped develop and build partnerships and relationships in numerous projects between security professionals including writing new content in published International Standards. James also regularly writes articles for IFSEC Global and is an established speaker at international security conferences.

Jeffrey A. Slotnick, President, Setracon ESRMS

Jeffrey A. Slotnick, CPP, PSP, is an internationally known Enterprise Risk Consultant with over 28 years’ experience. Jeff is an ISO credentialed Master Auditor, responsible for some of the latest developments in quality management programs for Enterprise Security Risk Management, All Hazards Disaster Development, and Resiliency Information Management Processes.

He has extensive experience in the Public Works and utility field, including, Water, Dams, Transportation Infrastructure, Light and Heavy Rail, Supply Chain, Faith-Based Institutions, Schools, Data Centres, and Medical Facilities.

Jeff is also a Senior Regional Vice President for ASIS International, Faculty Advisor for the University of Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security and Security Management Degree Program and is also a recently retired 20-year Reserve Law Enforcement Officer for Centralia, Washington.

Leticia Gammill, Global Security Go-To-Market Sales & Compete Programs Lead, Microsoft

Leticia Gammill leads the Global Security Go-To-Market Sales & Compete Programs at Microsoft, responsible for creating, launching and executing strategic programs that drive the acceleration of the Microsoft cybersecurity portfolio across all geographies and segments.

Leticia has over 15 years of experience in the cybersecurity industry, consulting with customers and partners across the Americas in all phases of their cybersecurity strategy. Her management and cybersecurity experience includes leading sales and channels at Cisco and Palo Alto Networks, leading Avaya’s Business Development team for the Networking portfolio in Latin America and Canada, and launching the cloud platform partnerships at AppDirect.

She is also the Founder and President of WOMCY, Latam Women in Cybersecurity, a non-profit organisation focused on the development of opportunities for women in the cybersecurity industry, through talent and mentorship programs.

Lina Tsakiris CPP, IPTM, Director, Strategic Security Partnerships, Corporate Security

Lina Tsakiris CPP, IPTM is responsible for leading and collaborating with key international security partners on top global threats to drive innovation that inspires organisational security and safety.

As part of a global corporate security leadership team for a large multinational bank, the scope of Lina’s work includes strategy creation, insider risk programme planning & implementation, enterprise security risk management and overall innovation building.

Lina has over 25 years’ experience in the field and has spent the last 17 years in the financial services sector. She also serves as a volunteer director for the ASIS Professional Certification Board. In 2021, Lina received the Canadian Director of Security Award (Canadian Security).

Luigi Rebuffi, Secretary General & Founder, European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)

Luigi began his career working in Germany on the development of high-power microwave systems for the next thermonuclear fusion reactor (ITER). He then continued his career at Thomson CSF/Thales in France where he took on increasing responsibilities for European Affairs (R&D) in different sectors.

Luigi created EOS and coordinated its establishment in 2007, being its CEO for 10 years. Until 2016, he was an advisor to the European Commission for the EU Security Research Programme and President of the Steering Board of the French ANR for security research.

In 2019, he created the Wome4Cyber Foundation to promote participation of women in cybersecurity and became its Secretary General and member of the administrative body. In 2020, he was nominated in the list of “IFSEC Global’s Influencers in Security Executives”.

Malini Rao, Global Head – Cyber Security Engineering Operations & Investigations

With more than two decades of experience in cybersecurity, Malini Rao brings in extensive experience and expertise working globally for Fortune 500 clients in various areas of cybersecurity such as Security engineering, Cyber Defense, application security, cloud security, DevSecOps, security operations, governance, risk and compliance management, cyber risk management, IOT security and identity and access management. Malini has managed large multimillion dollar projects and large teams globally. She has rich experience working in various industry verticals like financial services, healthcare, information technology services, retail, consumer goods, energy as well as for oil and gas industry clients.

She has taken up challenging roles and worked up her way through the corporate ladder with both hands on and leadership roles as a program manager, CISO, Head of Cybersecurity operations and as global practice head in the various roles she has taken on over the years. Ms Rao is also a global woman in cybersecurity influencer and board member of women in cybersecurity community. She has received many recognitions and awards for her contributions as cybersecurity influencer and mentor. Malini Rao is a CISSP, CISM, C|CISO, CCSK certified security professional and an international speaker.

Niel Harper, CISO & DPO at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Niel Harper is an award winning, globally recognised expert in cybersecurity, technology risk management, privacy and data protection, ICT policy, and digital transformation.

Niel has leadership and advisory experience in over 20 countries, with organisations such as AT&T, Bemol, Canonical, CIBC, Deloitte, European Union, among others. Niel is also the recipient of the ISJ Caribbean Security & Resilience Award, ISACA Technology for Humanity Award, and is recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.

He is a frequently sought-after speaker and regular contributor to technical journals, industry publications and expert blogs addressing the complex issues at the intersection of technology, policy and business.

Niel Harper

Olivier Hassid, Senior Advisor, K2 Integrity

Olivier Hassid is a Senior Advisor at K2 Integrity. After gaining a PHD in Economics, Olivier began lecturing in Criminology at the University Paris Panthéon Sorbonne.

He was also a partner at PwC and headed the main association of security directors in Europe, the CDSE.

Olivier is currently Senior Advisor at K2 and runs a security company. He has written several books relating to corporate security.

Orlando Toniolo, President, CAPSI

Dr. Orlando Toniolo has vast experience in the security industry. Over his career, he has graduated as a lawyer from the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, graduated in Special Operation Forces as Tactical Operator – Santa Fe Province Police, graduated in Security Issues in both Israel and Germany, graduated as Military Observer for U.N. Missions – C.A.E.C, amongst many others.

Orlando is also Chairman of the NGO, C.A.P.S.I and Chairman of the Public Security Commissioned in Colegio de Abogados de la Ciudad de Rosario. He is spoken at world summits and industry events, while also working as a Teacher and Trainer in the Detective Academy of Santiago del Estero Police Department and Professor on the Seminar Planning Techniques and Strategies at Universidad del Salvador.

Paul Barnard, Managing Director, Solace Security Consultancy

Paul Barnard, Managing Director at Solace Security Consultancy, has a significant background in counter terrorism, delivering risk mitigation against threats and is an adept speaker, presenter and panellist.

Following his police career, Paul was appointed Director of Security, Risk and Mitigation for a national security provider in 2018. Most recently, Paul was a National Account Director for a global security company, responsible for a global client in the aero-space sector. He was responsible for client engagement, team development and building a new security strategy.

Paul is now the owner of Solace Security Consultancy, a company developed to provide independent risk mitigation advice and leadership modules for dealing with crisis and developing teams. He is also Vice Chair of the Security Institute, where he has developed and introduced two National programmes, Next Generation in Security and Secure Futures.

Ou Phannarith, Director of ICT Security, Founder, ISAC-Cambodia (InfoSec)

Ou Phannarith is the Director of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Security of the Ministry of Post and Teleccomunications (MPTC) of Cambodia. He has been involved in the development of Cybersecurity, ICTs and related regulations in Cambodia for the past 16 years.

He was named in the Top 100 Global CISO 2020 by Forcepoint, Information Security Leadership Achievements (ISLA) in 2016 by (ISC), and as one of the top 10 Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) in ASEAN in 2012 by the International Data Group (IDG).

Ou Phannarith is also a Professor of Cybersecurity at Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE). In addition, he is the founder of cybersecurity think-tank Cyber Studies Network (CSN), which contributes to improving policy for strategic decision making through research, dialogue, public debate, policy engagement, forum, and training on cyber-related issues, emerging and critical technologies. He is also founder of the cybersecurity community known as Cyber Youth Cambodia and ISAC-Cambodia.

R.Nanda Kumar, Founder & CMO, Active Total Security Systems (ATSS)

Tech entrepreneur, R.Nanda Kumar, is the Founder and CMO of Active Total Security (ATSS). The company initially manufactured a wide range of security alarm products but, as ATSS grew, it became one of India’s top providers of electronic security solutions.

Since 2003, Kumar has developed the business into one which offers a full suite of electronic security and automation products and services. He aims to ensure customers can feel a sense of security and peace knowing their people, their data, their inventory, and anything else they want to protect is kept safe from intruders and thieves.

R.Nanda is also the Founder and President of the Electronic Security Association of India (ESAI), alongside being a member of the Rotary Club of Chennai Gems.

Ricardo Pulido, President, ALAS International

Ricardo Pulido is an Industrial Engineer with a 21-year long career in international sales, channel management and business development, including senior management roles in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has a passion for developing and coaching empowered and high-performing teams.

Ricardo currently serves as President of ALAS International, the largest non-profit organisation in Latin America and the Caribbean that unites companies and experts in the physical and electronic security space with the mission to grow the ecosystem for associates by setting and promoting industry standards via education, networking and events in each key market and vertical.

Saltanat Mashirova, Advanced Cyber Security Architect/Engineer, Honeywell

Saltanat Mashirova is an Advanced Cyber Security Architect/Engineer at Honeywell (Critical Infrastructure). She was awarded a Presidential Scholarship in Kazakhstan to study at University of California Irvine. She has since graduated UC Irvine with a master’s degree in Network Systems. She is certified in CISSP, GICSP, CISA, CISM and TOGAF.

Previously, Saltanat worked as an Information Security Officer at Astana International Exchange, where she implemented ISO 27001/27032 and managed large-scale IT security projects with the stock exchange in Kazakhstan.

She is a also mentor for schoolgirls from rural areas, helping them access education and earn university degree’s/skills. Moreover, she also volunteers at local universities, developing their cybersecurity program.

Scott Schober, President & CEO, Berkeley Varitronics Systems

Scott Schober is the President and CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems, a 50-year-old provider of advanced, wireless test and security solutions.

He is the author of three best-selling security books: “Hacked Again”, “Cybersecurity is Everybody’s Business”, and “Senior Cyber”. Scott is a highly sought-after author and expert for live security events, media appearances, and commentary on the topics of ransomware, wireless threats, drone surveillance and hacking, cybersecurity for consumers, and small business.

Scott often appears on ABC News, Bloomberg TV, AI Jazeera America, CBS This Morning News, CNN, and many more networks. He also serves as the CSO and Chief Media Commentator for Cybersecurity Ventures and sits on several cyber advisory boards for various companies.

Simon Banks, Chairman, BSIA and Founder & Director, CSL Group

Simon Banks, Founder and Director of CSL Group, is considered an expert within the security industry, often speaking on behalf of the sector as part of his many roles.

In 1996, Simon founded CSL, to manufacture communications providers with a proven track record of innovation and excellence. In 2013, Simon was appointed to the NSI Board of Directors, to represent the security sector’s product innovations and trends, bringing the NSI closer to their approved installers.

In 2016, he was appointed to the board of BAFE, and has since worked to bring the fire sector in line with the security sector for blue light response and, in wake of the Grenfell disaster, Simon sought industry support for increased skills and competency standards.

In 2018, Simon was appointed Chairman of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), leading the board of 15 section head directors in line with advancing technology and changing attitudes towards securing lives and property.

Stéphane Nappo, VP & Global CISO, Groupe SEB

Multicutural leader and renowed Global Chief Information Security Officer, Stéphane Nappo is passionate about people, risk management, and problem solving. As a proactive business strategist and advocate for the constructive deployment and implementation of digital technologies, Stéphane assembles talented, professional, and skills-based teams to carry an organisation’s transformation.

Mr. Nappo believes in digital transformation as a means to fight the industrialisation of cybercrime. It is his lifelong objective and the foundation of his professional pledge to those he works with. Stéphane’s innovative research, investigative analytical methodologies, and managerial international experience have allowed him to develop and implement proactive and defensive cybersecurity strategies for a wide range of stakeholders. It is his passion to share knowledge through writing and public speaking, including multiple keynote addresses. Mr. Nappo has both a curiosity and thirst to learn and discover anything he can about reducing cyber risks around the world.

Susanne Skov Diemer, CEO, Praesidio Group

Susanne is an international security specialist and advisor, CEO & founder, board member, author and speaker with extensive risk, crisis, security, intelligence, consulting and management experience gained over a more than 25-year long career.

She is the CEO of Praesidio Group and serves as a security & intelligence expert within the private, public and corporate sector, organisations and communities. Among others, she is an expert on the Advisory Committee for the European Forum for Urban Security (EFUS).

Susanne is the recipient of various U.S. government awards for her work with the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security, and recently published a book titled, “Your Urban Crisis Survival Planner” – a handbook to practical disaster, urban survival planning and emergency preparedness for private individuals with step-by-step guidance, inside knowledge and personal anecdotes.

Terry Cutler, CEO, Cyology Labs

Terry Cutler is the CEO of Cyology Labs, author of the #1 Amazon Best Seller “Insider Secrets to Internet Safety: Advice from a Professional Hacker”, and the creator of the family-based Internet Safety University training program. Terry is also a federal government cleared cybersecurity expert.

In 2018, 2019 and 2020, Terry was named in IFSEC Global’s list of the Top 20 Most Influential People in Cybersecurity. He has also been named in the CISO Platform Global Top 100 List and was previously awarded the 2017 Cybersecurity Educator of the Year Award at the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards, a ceremony which recognises companies, products and individuals that demonstrate excellence, innovation and leadership in information security.

Victoria Nkemdilim Ogbuehi, Senior Risk & Resilience Manager, Coca-Cola HBC

Victoria Nkemdilim Ogbuehi is a Nigerian security, intelligence, law enforcement and risk expert with over 14 years of combined experience in both the public and private sectors.

In 2019, Victoria joined Coca-Cola and is the current Country Senior Risk & Resilience Manager for the multi-national. She is also an author, public speaker, facilitator, reviewer, and editor who has made several appearances at the Global Security Exchange undertaking these tasks.

She is also a Certified Protection Professional, a Professional Certified Investigator, a Certified Business Continuity Professional, and a RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional.

Victoria, a global volunteer leader, became the first African to be appointed Director of the Professional Standards Board of the most prominent security organisation globally, ASIS International. In 2020, she emerged as one of IFSEC Global’s Top-20 Industry Influencers in the ‘Thought Leadership Category’.

Fire judges

Andy Frankum, Chair, National Social Housing Fire Strategy Group and Director of Health and Safety and Compliance, Concept Housing Association

Andy Frankum has been working in the charitable social housing sector for the past 12 years, and prior to that in the logistics sector. Andy chairs the National Social Housing Fire Strategy group which represents over 260+ member organisations across the social housing sector in England and Wales. He is also a member of Working Group 8, and the HSE Interim Industry Competence Committee, and was named #4 Global Influencer in the 2021 Fire Safety Global Influencers list.

Andy works closely with the social housing sector, construction and fire safety sectors and is passionate about ensuring that effective fire safety practices, including competence, are well understood and enhanced.

His aim is to drive consistency across the sector, encouraging safer outcomes which, in turn, will enable residents and their families to have a safe place to call home.

Hayley Burgess, Managing Director, HB Safety Consultancy

Hayley Burgess has been a Principal Fire Safety Consultant in private consultancy for the last 10 years, and prior to this Hayley worked in local Government carrying out Fire Risk Assessments for a wide range of Government occupied buildings. Currently, Hayley works with a range of clients developing Fire Strategy Designs, completing Fire Risk Assessments, Fire Safety Inspections and providing Consultancy on all aspects of Fire Safety.

Hayley’s specialism lies in Fire Safety Consultancy within the Social Care Sector advising Clients on meeting the Fire Safety Standards of NIHTM 84, and various others. Hayley is also a trustee of the Institution of Fire Engineers board, a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner and currently holds the post of Vice Chair of the Northern Ireland IOSH Branch, as well as being a Chartered Building Engineer.


Nick Coombe, Protection, Policy and Reform Unit, NFCC

Nick’s 40 years’ service for the London Fire Brigade has spanned across many roles including Head of Fire Safety Training, Enforcement Manager and Head of Fire Safety Policy.

He has helped write DCLG guides and, as the Chair of CFOA Enforcement working group, helped produce policies and guidance on the RRO to Fire & Rescue Services.

Nick is currently NFCC Protection Vice Chair and Deputy Head of the Protection, Policy and Reform Unit in which he leads the Building Safety Programme. He is also a member of the Joint Regulators Group and the newly formed Protection Board and is also a member of the Industry Safety Steering Group led by Dame Judith Hackitt to hold the industry to account on the progress of post-Grenfell change.

Previously, he was a founding member of the Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council and is also the Chair of IFE Fire Risk Assessment Register. In the 2019 New Year’s Honours list, he was awarded an MBE for services to fire safety.

Will Lloyd, Technical Manager, FIA

Will Lloyd, Technical Manager at the Fire Industry Association (FIA), is a technical expert and secretariat to the FIA Fire Engineering Council & Fire Risk Assessment Council. Will was recently appointed Chair of the British Standards Committee FSH/12 and has previously worked for the Fire and Security Association, representing them on numerous British Standards Committees.

Formerly, Will was Scheme Manager for the BAFE SP203 and SP205 certification schemes operated by the ECA certification company. For two years prior to joining the FIA, Will worked at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) as Product Development Manager for the Electronic Security Team.

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February 4, 2022 8:16 pm

The Link to nominate someone for 2022 awards is forwarding to SurveyMonkey registration page. Please correct the link