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Nominations open for David Clark Award 2023 – Recognising exceptional contribution to the UK security sector

The Security Commonwealth is encouraging security professionals to put forward nominations for the David Clark Award 2023 – designed to recognise ‘Exceptional Contribution to the UK Security Sector’.

The award is dedicated to the legacy of David Clark, former Chair of the Security Commonwealth & ASIS UK

The award is in memory of the late David Clark, a well-known and respected figure in the security sector. Clark was the former Chair of the Security Commonwealth (SyCom) and ASIS (UK Chapter), and made exceptional voluntary contributions across the UK security profession.

Jayne King FySI, Chair of the UK Security Commonwealth, commented on the award: “In 2021 The Security Commonwealth (SyCom) Committee launched a new annual award for Exceptional Contributions to the UK Security Industry.

“The award is known as the David Clark Award In recognition of his standing and voluntary contribution across the UK security profession before his untimely death in 2019. The award will build upon David’s efforts, both as an outstanding chair of SyCom and more widely, to encourage continuous improvement within the UK security sector.

“This is a really important initiative for the Commonwealth and a fitting way to remember David Clark. We need to get a range of worthy entries. To this end, please consider entries from your own organisations or those who you would wish to support. Please also spread the word within your organisations and beyond.”

Criteria for entry

There are two David Clark Awards, which when adjudicated, may be made in relation to each of the following categories:

  • Any individual on the recommendation of a SyCom membership organisation
  • Any programme or initiative, including cross-organisational programmes and initiatives, on the recommendation of a SyCom member organisation

Completed nominations should be forwarded by email to [email protected] by 24 September 2023.

The judging process

Objective adjudication will be undertaken by a panel comprising SyCom membership organisations and other industry professionals, overseen by a SyCom Moderating Panel.

Entries will be judged according to the following criteria based on SyCom’s high-level aims and objectives:

  • Achieves effective “Collaboration, cooperation and communication”
  • Shares good practices and promotes continuous improvement
  • Supports industry development and engagement
  • Brings the UK security profession together – “Stronger Together”
  • Demonstrates SyCom’s commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Provides evidence of ‘exceptional contribution to the UK Security Sector
  • An independent adjudicator will be invited to demonstrate consistency and transparency

DavidClark-Award-SecuritySector-23Commercial and income-generating activities will not normally be considered. Initiatives directly related to SyCom Board members will also be excluded.

Further details of the Award and entry forms can be found on the SyCom Website here.

Written entries should be of no more than 650 words and must address the bullet points listed above.

The winners of the 2023 David Clark Award will be announced, and presentations made at the IFPO networking event on 1 November 2023.

Mike Hurst CPP CPOI, Regional Director, IFPO Europe, added: “We are delighted that the IFPO will be hosting this year’s David Clark Awards.

“On a personal note, having worked with Dave on the Boards of both ASIS and SyCom, I am excited that we have the chance to honour Dave by recognising Exceptional Contribution to the sector. I would encourage everyone to nominate both individuals and organisations for these awards.”


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