Adam Bannister

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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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Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017: Security management, education and thought leadership

After extensive consultation with a panel of judges from across the industry, we are delighted to reveal our roll call of the Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017: Security management, education and thought leadership (UK and international).

You can meet and greet with some of the influencers over drinks at IFSEC International 2017, held in association with the BSIA. This networking event takes place between 14:30-15:30 in the Security Management Theatre on day three, 22 June. IFSEC takes place at London ExCeL between 20-22 June 2017. Get your free badge now.

The BSIA is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It’s a trio of 50s because we’ve also designed a graphic featuring all influencers based on the cover of the Beatles’ seminal Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, which also celebrated its 50th anniversary last month.

We’ve also added a special ‘lifetime of influence’ tribute in recognition of the enormous contribution to the industry of Mike Tennent, founder of Tavcom Training, who sadly passed away last month.

Among the judges for this category was James Willison BA, MA, MSyI. A big thanks to James, a security convergence and ESRM specialist and founder of Unified Security Ltd, for his insightful and substantial contribution. James is speaking, with Sarb Sembhi of Virtually Informed, on 20 June at IFSEC International 2017 about ‘How vendors can support ESRM and CSM strategies’ between 14:00-14:40 in the Borders & Infrastructure Theatre. The next day (21 June) he is presenting, alongside Steven Kenny of Axis Communications, on ‘What security managers need to know about cybersecurity’, between 13:30-13:55 in the Security Management Theatre. Willison and Sembhi have co-written a white paper on the same subject that you can download here.

Scroll down for the top 10 influencers in the security manufacturers/service providers category and find out results of the other categories below.

Top 50 influencers: Beatles tribute visual

Lifetime of influence tribute: Mike Tennent, Tavcom Training

Security manufacturers/service providers

Cybersecurity (UK and international)

Fire safety

Installer/integrator excellence

Security management and thought leadership UK

#10 gary evanson

10. Garry Evanson Westminster Abbey, Head of Security & Emergency; chairman, Security Institute

Garry is the Head of Security & Emergency Planning for Westminster Abbey having previously been Head of Group Security Operations for DeLaRue plc and prior to that a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Military Police where he saw service in Africa, Iraq and the Falklands.
This broad professional background has been complemented by him holding several Boardroom appointments in the SyI including Standards Director, Deputy Chair, External Relations Director and now Chairman, as well as leading on the Wilf Knight Academic competition for several years. He achieved registration as a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) in 2011 having initially been a member of the working party for writing the CSyP framework.

Notable nominations:

“Garry Evanson demonstrates vision and passion as the Chairman of the Security Institute, driving it to become and inclusive membership organisation to promote professionalism, an expert voice in security management and a trusted focal point for those of us in the industry who believe that security deserves to be recognised as a respectable profession requiring knowledge, education and leadership skills.”

#9 mike hurst ASIS

9. Mike Hurst, vice chairman of the ASIS UK chapter

ASIS, which has chapters in 70 countries, has been influential in shaping standards and certifications worldwide since 1955 and instrumental in the industry’s professionalisation in recent decades.
Hurst is vice chairman of the ASIS UK chapter, which runs regular seminars and training days for security professionals, publishes a quarterly newsletter with contributions from respected security professionals and champions its members and the security profession in government and public forums.
In his role as ASIS UK vice chairman Hurst is influential in shaping the organisation’s professional development, education and networking programmes.
In 1992 he also founded recruitment firm HJA Fire and Security, which specialises in in executive and mid to senior-management level roles HJA Fire and Security fills vacancies in a wide range of disciplines and sectors. Hurst is also a director at the Security Institute and a member of the ASIS European Advisory Council.
Notable nominations:

“Mike is Vice Chairman – Strategy, of the UK chapter of ASIS International promoting professional development, education and networking. He is also a member of the ASIS European Advisory Council and a Director of The Security Institute with the Events portfolio. He probably does more to promote the security industry in the UK at conferences and on social media in a ‘voluntary’ role than anyone else.”

james kelly BSIA

8. James Kelly, CEO, BSIA

As CEO of the British Security Industry Association James Kelly leads the biggest trade association for the professional security industry in the UK. Its members account for more than 70% of privately provided UK security products and services (by turnover) including the manufacture, distribution and installation of electronic and physical security equipment and the provision of security guarding and consultancy services.
Now at the helm for seven years has overseen strong growth in media activity. In 2013-14, the Association’s messages reached an audience of 410 million people, a seven-year high and a 72.9% increase on the previous 12 months.
James has driven the leading trade association of the UK’s private security industry for seven years and has been influential in engaging with law enforcement, the Government and other key industry stakeholders in order to represent the interest of the UK’s private security industry.
Under his leadership, the Association has continued to be a key driver of British, European and International Standards, with the BSIA sitting on over 30 standards development committees. Within the past year, the BSIA contributed to over 70 new and revised standards.
James has worked hard to revitalise the BSIA’s training arm, Skills for Security, which was recently accepted onto the Register of the Government’s Apprenticeship Training Providers

#8 david clark

7. David Clark CPP PCI PSP, ASIS UK Chapter Chair; head of security, The Francis Crick Institute

David Clark CPP PCI PSP has held several senior corporate security positions. His latest role is Head of Security for the Francis Crick Institute, a globally renowned unique scientific research centre in London.
He is also Chair of ASIS UK Chapter 208, a member of the CSO Roundtable and Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO), and is Chair of the Project Griffin Practitioners Board and Chair of the Security Commonwealth on behalf of ASIS UK.
Notable nominations:

David has been instrumental in driving forward and leading some great initiatives in both the ASIS UK chapter and also the Security Comonwealth over the past few years […] He has a fresh approach to the sector and on top of his truly exceptional professional capability he spends time mentoring new people in to the sector ensuring that fresh ideas and approaches to security are embraced […] Influencer and thought leader

Professor Martin Gill

6. Martin Gill, director, Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International

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.”

“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.”

#5 tony porter

5. Tony Porter (CCTV Commissioner), Surveillance Camera Commissioner, UK government

A regular in our most-influential countdown since becoming Surveillance Camera Commissioner in March 2014, Tony Porter is responsible for the evolution and promotion of the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice.

The code provides guidance to businesses, government and local authorities on the deployment of CCTV systems. Porter’s remit includes encouraging compliance, reviewing the code’s effectiveness, advising ministers and providing relevant information to the general public and system operators about the effective, appropriate, proportionate and transparent use of surveillance camera systems.

He brings a wealth of business and law enforcement expertise to the role. An intelligence specialist (most recently within the financial sector) and retired senior police leader, Porter’s experience spans community and business engagement, international counter-terrorism and serious and organised crime.
Porter has pulled no punches in his analysis of the industry’s shortcomings in deploying CCTV. Speaking to BBC News in 2015, he said too many organisations and local authorities failed to conduct annual reviews as prescribed by the code of practice. This was despite the potentially huge savings: one West Midlands local authority reduced the number of ineffective cameras and saved £250,000 following its audit. “You can still maintain the balance of excellent surveillance but not have a propagation of surveillance that is actually useless,” said Porter. “Surveillance can be an extremely good thing and run well, it’s a useful tool for society. But to quote a former information commissioner, ‘we should not sleepwalk into a surveillance society’.”

#4 pat allen

4. Pat Allen, chairman, FSA; director, Abel Alarms

Joining as an engineer in 1974 Pat Allen has been with the Abel Alarm Company for 43 years, in which time he has moved more into the sales side of the business. He joined the Board of Directors in 1997.

As director he oversees Abel branch operations, quality assurance, conformity, company fleet and health and safety and directs operations at their Communication and Monitoring Centre (CMC) in ARC and RVRC functions.

Allen was propelled up the rankings partly thanks to his contribution to the launch of the sector’s new trailblazer apprenticeship, which is designed to help plug the industry’s severe and worsening engineering skills gap.

Pat is lead on the fire, emergency and security systems trailblazer employers group, which was put together as a collaboration by the FSA, FIA and BSIA.

In 2012 Pat won the FSA Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Fire Systems Industry.

He has also been chairman of the Fire and Security Technical Committee, the FSA representative on the Technical Development Committee at the Electrical Contractors’ Association, FSA representative at the ACPO Police Security Systems Group and been on various CFOA committees.

He was a trustee for Summit Skills, the sector skills council for building services engineering, and has also been a member of the ECA Education and Training Committee and a member of the Skills for Security Mechanical, Fire and Systems Sector Consultation Group.

“Pat has been a champion of the fire and security sector throughout his entire career. Pat has played a major part in building up the Fire & Security Association, helping it reach the status and reputation it now accords […] Pat also has a major interest in developing the skills of young people in engineering. The sector’s new trailblazer apprenticeship, which formally launched in February this year, came after two years of tireless work from Pat and the other members of the employers group.”

#3 alison wakefield

3. Dr Alison Wakefield, senior lecturer, security risk management, University of Portsmouth

Dr Alison Wakefield is course leader of the BSc Risk and Security Management and the Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management at Portsmouth University.
As Vice Chairman of the Security Institute, the UK’s main member association for security practitioners, Alison has chaired a Security Institute working group that mapped out the pathways to becoming a Chartered Security Professional.
Alison is a prodigious author, having written Selling Security: The Private Policing of Public Space (Willan Publishing, 2003), which was shortlisted for the British Society of Criminology Book Prize 2003, and she is editor of The Sage Dictionary of Policing with Jenny Fleming (Sage, 2009).

“Alison has provided a key and ongoing link between the academic community and the security sectors; inspiring security professionals to gain substantive qualifications, but also inspiring students in Higher Education to engage in the wider field of work, to undertake relevant and applied research projects, to collaborate and cooperate with the security sector community. Going a step further her impact is amplified via good personal use of media to highlight opportunities and examples of effective joint work.”

#2 paul tennent

2. Paul Tennent, group sales director, Tavcom Training

Paul has built on the success of his father, Mike Tennent (who sadly passed away recently and is recognised with a lifetime of achievement accolade), in cementing its place as the UK’s leading provider of training in security systems and growing its international reach.

Tavcom was acquired by Security consultancy firm Linx International in May 2015, as part of which Tennent – then sales director – was appointed group sales director for Linx International.

Tavcom offers technical and non-technical training – undertaken in the classroom and online – 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 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), Network IP, intruder alarm, access control, fire alarm and all other types of electronic security systems.

Tavcom Training has long been the preeminent provider of accredited security systems training courses in the UK and has an increasingly global presence. With the help of local partners Tavcom courses are now accessible to students in Dubai, Ghana, Singapore, Kuwait, Oman, South Africa and the US.

“Paul is slowly teaching the world how to perform security. With major clients in many countries, Tavcom has changed the industry for the better. With over 20 years’ experience, Paul continually strives to continue delivering world-class technical training and works tirelessly to raise and maintain professional standards in the technical security industry.”

#1 andrew nicholls

1. Andrew Nicholls, deputy chairman, Security Institute

As Head of Security and Licensing at Mitchells & Butlers PLC until January 2016, Andrew Nicholls managed security requirements and licensing compliance across an estate of almost 2,000 premises. A regular speaker at trade conferences and sitting on several national working groups, Nicholls has continued to be influential as a director of the Security Institute since his retirement from that role.
Andrew, who is also a Fellow of the British Institute of Inn Keeping, has helped to develop a number of security initiatives in the licensed trade and is a keen supporter of the Cross sector Safety and Security Communication project where he is a member of their senior management board. He is also a member of the Metropolitan Police Strategic Business Crime Forum and Chairman of the Food and Drink Security Association. In 2015 Andrew received a Chief Superintendents Commendation for his work during National Counter Terrorism awareness week. In 2016 Andrew was made a Freeman of the City of London.

Andrew has been a member of the Institute since 2009 and a board director since 2011. He was appointed deputy chairman in 2015. The sheer volume and sincerity of his nominations help to explain his position at the summit of this category.

“Andrew’s experience, knowledge and wisdom within the security sector is second to none and is tantamount to the high level of respect he has earned among so many, at all levels within the industry and authorities.”

Security management, education and thought leadership international

#10 grant lecky

10. Grant Lecky, Security Partners’ Forum

Amiable and supremely well connected in the security industry – not just in Canada but internationally too – Grant Lecky has been influential in connecting disparate disciplines in the security industry.

Speaking to CSO in 2013 he reflected on his decision to co-found – with #1 influencer in this list Bonnie Butlin – the Canadian Security Partners’ Forum (CSPF) in 2011. “I kept hearing that the industry is fragmented. People don’t know how to find other experts in security in Canada,” says Lecky. “There was no means to connect people. There was no body of knowledge.”

A year after its birth, the organization already had 80 association members and the model has been emulated elsewhere in the world. “We’re a friend to the associations,” he continued. “In some cases, we are a magnifier for them. People have their associations, but they also have the forum to tap into and share best practices. It’s about cross pollination and making security [and] public safety more professional.”

Lecky is also co-founder of the Canadian Cybersecurity Alliance and has held various Corporate Security, Resilience and Intelligence-related positions for the Government of Canada.

He has a Corporate Security Executive Master Class Certificate from the Burrill Green Corporate Security Business School and an MSc in Security & Risk Management from the University of Leicester.

“I don’t like being bored,” Lecky has also said. “The reward right now is a job well done. I’m furiously stubborn. If there’s something I feel needs to be done, I will just go and do it.”

#9 Paul Wood MBE

9. Paul Wood MBE, CRO & Chief Compliance Officer, Bloomberg

Appointed Chief Risk & Compliance Officer for Bloomberg in Jan 2014 Paul Wood took on a newly created role to lead the oversight of all risk, corporate compliance, client data security, and security globally for Bloomberg. Reports to the Bloomberg CEO.

Wood, who is also a speaker and Board Advisor on Cyber and Operational Risk, was previously CISO at Bridgewater Associates and has held senior security and risk appointments at Aviva, UBS, CAA/NATS.

As well as physical security he is an expert in Operational Risk, IT Risk, Personnel Security, Information Assurance, Business resilience and crisis management. He is also interested and active in promoting equality and LGBT issues in the workplace.

He was listed in the FT Top 100 Out LGBT business leaders in 2014/15 and #15 in 2016.

#8 volker wagner

8. Volker Wagner: German Association for Security in Industry and Commerce (ASW)

“Since 2014 my focus is on the development and implementation of security strategies for the German economic community,” says Volker on his LinkedIn profile.

He is chairman of the German Association for Security in Industry and Commerce (ASW)) and board member of the German Association for Security in the Economy North Rhine-Westphalia (VSW-NW). Between 2011 to 2016 he was on the board of the Subcommittee on Economic Protection of the Federation of the German Industry (BDI). Influential in ASIS International organisation he is a member of the European Advisory Council, the international CSO Roundtable and chairman of the European Convergence Subcommittee.

In 2010 and 2016 he attended high level courses for international security policies at the Federal College for Security Studies in Berlin, Germany’s highest-ranking inter-ministerial institution for advanced education and training in the field of security policy. He holds a business management degree from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and successfully achieved a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership certified by the Chartered Management Institute (UK).

He is Senior Vice President at Deutsche Telekom Headquarters. From 2008 until 2014 he was in charge of the realignment of Group Business Security at Deutsche Telekom AG. As the telecoms giant’s Chief Security Officer he dealt internationally with the group’s security and Business Continuity Management and I was therefore responsible for business security in 50 countries.

#7 John P. Wagner

7. John P. Wagner, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

John P. Wagner has been Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Field Operations since April of 2014. In this role, Mr. Wagner oversees nearly 30,000 employees including approximately 23,000 CBP Officers and over 2,400 CBP Agriculture Specialists that protect U.S. borders. An annual operating budget of $4.8 billion provides for operations at over 330 ports of entry, and many programs that support the national security, immigration, customs, and commercial trade-related missions of CBP.

In his 25 plus years of service, Mr. Wagner has worked on a wide variety of operational and policy issues. Mr. Wagner has been a leader in developing many successful transformative efforts for the organization, including the development of the internationally acclaimed Global Entry program and the Automated Passport Control kiosks for international travelers. He is recognized as a driving force behind many of CBP’s resource saving and time saving initiatives, while simultaneously enhancing security operations at the ports of entry.

A native of Long Island, NY, Mr. Wagner graduated from the State University of New York at Albany, with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. He began his Federal law enforcement career in 1991 when he joined the U.S. Customs Service as a Customs Inspector, and has worked at the New York/New Jersey seaport and the land border port of Laredo, TX before being assigned to Headquarters. Mr. Wagner is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows course at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University, and was honored as a finalist for a Service to America’s medal in 2015.

#6 Tácito Leite

6. Tácito Leite, DSE, ASE: Director of Security at Indra (Brazil)

Tácito Leite has more than 23 years of experience in the security market. He is director of t-Risk, Author of the book Risk Management in Asset Security, Television Commentator, Director of the Brazilian Association of Security Professionals, Founder and Maintainer of bibliotecadeseguranca.com. and Articulista in specialized newspapers and periodicals.

A graduate in Corporate Security from the Comillas Pontifical University of Madrid he also has an MBA in Corporate Security Management from Anhembi-Morumbi University; MBA in Information Systems with emphasis on Information Security from Potiguar University – UnP; Course of Management of Defense Resources by the Superior School of War – ESG; Risk Management and Risk Based Training Course (ISO 31000) – QSP, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Course by the Universiteit Leiden of the Netherlands, Graduation in History – Degree and Bachelor Degree from UFRN. DSE Certificate (Business Security Director) by UPCO, ASE Certificate (Business Security Analyst) by ABSEG and ADESG, Certified ISO 31000 Risk Management Professional – C31000. Officer of the Reserve of the Brazilian Army and former president of the Brazilian Association of Safety Professionals – ABSEG.

His specialisms include Corporate Security; Risk Management; Loss Prevention; Strategic Business Security Planning; Business Continuity; Security audit; Private Security Company Management; Electronic Security Company Management; Security Engineering; Security Projects; Security of Information and Knowledge; Safety Director Plan; Development of people; Construction of high performance teams; Director of Security; Regional Director of Security; CSO; Information Security; And Physical Security Risk Management.

peter j o neill

5. Peter O’Neil, Executive Vice President, ASIS International

Joining ASIS International as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer in December 2015 Peter J. O’Neil, FASAE, CAE is an accomplished association management executive.

Previously, O’Neil served as executive director of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), an international professional society representing 10,000 occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. O’Neil also had oversight of three limited liability companies, a related education oriented foundation and a foundation that establishes guideline values for exposure limits.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in International Relations from Syracuse University and completed additional post-graduate work in public administration, knowledge management and association management.

Speaking about his goals for ASIS he said: “As an association executive, I have always encouraged people to join a professional society. We hope that security professionals choose ASIS, of course. But we will only move the security industry forward if we stand together.”

#4 Lynn Mattice

4. Lynn Mattice: Mattice & Associates

Lynn Mattice’s specialties include Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Program Reviews & ERM Program Development; business Risk Intelligence Program Development; Enterprise Level Risk Profile Development; Information Asset Protection Programs (Logical and Physical); and Cyber-Security Assessments and Program Development.

He is Professional Board Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls (CRISC), Certified as an Expert Witness at both the Federal and State Court level, Guest Lecturer at FBI Academy, Quantico, VA. – National Executive Institute (NEI) and Law Enforcement Executive Development Series (LEEDS), and Guest Lecturer at Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program, and Co-Chairman of the Private Sector Liaison Council for the Major County Sheriffs Association.

thomas langer #3

3. Thomas Langer CPP, Vice President, Security at BAE Systems, Inc; and 2017 ASIS International President

Thomas J. Langer CPP is the 62nd president of ASIS International.

Tom Langer is vice president of Security for BAE Systems, Inc., headquartered in
Arlington, VA. In this position Tom is responsible for the overall security program for the
Company’s facilities in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, South Africa, and Israel and the Company’s compliance with the Special Security Agreement between BAE Systems, Inc. and the U.S. Government.

Previously, Tom served as Director of Security for BAE Systems, Inc.’s Information and Electronic Warfare Systems and Sector Director of Security for BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration, as well as in a number of program and management positions. He also served as a sworn officer and detective in the Juvenile Division of the Manchester, New Hampshire Police Department.

Tom received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from St. Anselm College. He has served as chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association Industrial Security Committee and was a member of the National Industrial Security Program Policy Advisory Committee of the Information Security Oversight Office within the National Archives.

“Tom is leading a massive change programme in the association, refocusing on current and future trends, rather than doing the same old thing over and over again.”

#2 Martin Smith MBE

2. Martin Smith MBE, Chairman and Founder of both The Security Company (International) and The Security Awareness Special Interest Group

Martin Smith gained his degree in behavioural psychology before spending 15 years as a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force, mainly assigned to counter-espionage and counter-terrorism duties throughout East and West Europe. After being awarded membership of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for this work, he left the Service to carve out a second career in the commercial sector. He joined Touche Ross Management Consultants before becoming the Senior Director of Corporate Security for Kroll Associates, the world’s foremost commercial counter-intelligence and security organisation. He then joined the Standard Chartered Bank as Head of Information Security before (in 1997) forming The Security Company (International) Limited.

“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.”

#1 bonnie butlin

1. Bonnie Butlin, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Security Partners’ Forum

Bonnie Butlin is co-founder and executive director of the Security Partners’ Forum (SPF), a platform for professionals in the security, resilience, public safety, defence, intelligence and law enforcement domains across Canada and internationally.

In 2016 Bonnie helped launch the Canadian Cybersecurity Alliance (CCA), a network of more than 100 professional associations with a vested interest or affected by cybersecurity, and confirmed to be the first of its kind globally, providing unparalleled contextual understanding of the cyber landscape in Canada and internationally. Also in 2016, Bonnie was on the development team that helped launch the International Council of Security & Resilience Educators (ICSRE), which seeks to enhance the global body of knowledge in security and resilience through the creation of a sharing platform for educators from the community college through PhD levels. The Development Team is comprised of the top-tier educators in security and resilience body of knowledge development from around the world.

Named ‘Canada’s First Lady of Security’, no less, by SecurityInfoWatch.com, Bonnie is a champion of women in what is historically – and still – a male dominated industry. She is the International Coordinator of the Women in Security & Resilience Alliance (WISECRA), a global organisation.

Bonnie is a thought leader too, penning articles for security and defence publications not just in her native Canada but also in the UK, US and Australia.

She has an Executive Certificate in Corporate Security Leadership, a Masters of Arts Degree in International Affairs from Carleton University and a BA with Distinction in Political Science from the University of Calgary.

Topping the top 10 influencers for security management internationally, she now has another accolade to add to her many awards, not least being named in 2017’s Canadian Who’s Who, a list of outstanding Canadians from business, academia, politics, sports, the arts, and sciences who have made significant contributions to life in Canada. She also won the Professional Security Magazine’s Women in Security Award in 2015.

Bonnie attracted high ratings from most of the judges and the number and persuasiveness of the nominations from her peers helped to catapult her to top position.

“In a relatively short period in the security profession and reflecting her enviable intellectual capacity, she has acquired an in depth knowledge of security across both the public and private sectors, and across international and cultural regions. She understands the crucial social and cultural factors that influence successful outcomes, and has, philosophically and practically, focused on relationships among individuals and groups.”

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