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.
June 6, 2017

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A lifetime of positive influence in the security industry: Mike Tennent, Tavcom Training

The security industry was saddened to hear in early May of the passing of one of its finest, most influential and nicest people: Mike Tennent, the founder of Tavcom Training.

We have just revealed our Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017 and we thought it a fitting and well deserved tribute to recognise Mike with a special ‘lifetime of influence’ accolade.

Our criteria for ‘influence’ encompasses not just an individual’s impact on the organisation he or she runs or works for but on the wider industry too. Mike undoubtedly ticked both boxes.

Founding Tavcom Training in 1994 Mike Tennent built his business to become the clear leader in security systems training in the UK and one with an increasingly global footprint. With the help of local partners Tavcom courses are now available to students in Dubai, Ghana, Singapore, Kuwait, Oman, South Africa and the US.

But Mike never expanded for expansion’s sake. Growth was never pursued at the expense of quality, as this tribute from Jon Laws, a lecturer at Tavcom, attests.

Insisting on the highest standards Mike played a pivotal role in the professionalisation of an industry where many aspects of regulation, licensing and training were once minimal or non-existent.

Tavcom offers technical and non-technical training in a wide range of fields like security management, control room operations, system planning and project management, structured cabling, disaster recovery, counter eavesdropping, PAT testing and covert CCTV. They provide award-winning BTEC-certificated courses to installers, operators, managers and designers of CCTV, network IP, intruder alarm, access control, fire alarm and more.

Recognised, respected and well liked across the industry, Mike will be hugely missed. IFSEC Global extends its condolences to Mike’s family and friends – we hope this tribute does him justice.

Read a tribute to Mike Tennent by Jon Laws, Tavcom lecturer and MD of the Lyndhurst Consultancy on the Asscoation of Security Consultant’s website. 

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David Gill

A lovely and fitting tribute for Mike, much respected and greatly missed.