IFSEC Global influencers in security and fire 2019

Nominations are now open for the IFSEC Global influencers in security and fire 2019.

Grant Lecky, co-founder of the Security Partners Forum, is once again leading the judging process. Lecky, who himself featured in IFSEC Global’s list of top influencers in 2014 and 2017, has appointed a diverse range of respected industry experts and thought leaders to the panel of judges and will coordinate the nominations and judging process. Both in geographic spread – with 12 countries represented – and stature, it’s arguably the most impressive list yet. Scroll down to check out who’s on the judging panel.

As with last year, nominations only count if accompanied by a reason for the nomination. There is a word limit of roughly 250 words. All nominations deemed legitimate by the judges will be included in a prize draw in which three will win a £100 Amazon voucher. Our panel of judges, drawn from across the industry and barred from featuring in the list themselves, will then draw up final rankings based on the nominations and their own judgement.

 

 

New category: ‘One to watch’

A new category is being introduced for 2019: ‘One to watch’, which will champion the security sector’s rising stars: professionals who are already making a big impact despite being relatively new to the industry.

This category is open only to nominees who have worked in the commercial security sector for no longer than 5 years. This doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be below a certain age; they might have joined the security sector from a different industry, for instance.

Judges will score candidates based on their career achievements so far, the ways in which they’ve impressed their peers, and their potential to be the influencers/security leaders of tomorrow. Nominations can be enhanced by including any relevant qualifications, accreditations, memberships or grades.

Lead judge Grant Lecky commented: “We have a whole new panel of distinguished judges for 2019 from across the globe, and just like last year, these judges have been appointed based on a combination of strong recommendations from across the security and fire industries, and are of course award winners themselves in their respective fields within our shared industry.

“Many of the judges have themselves appeared among IFSEC’s influencers in previous years and with the new category ‘One to Watch’ being introduced, these judges could hardly be better positioned to identify the current and future generations of influencers coming through.”

You can network with some of the influencers during a meet-and-greet session during IFSEC International 2019, 18-20 June, ExCeL London – details to be confirmed.

Judging panel 2019

Lead judge: Grant Lecky, co-founder, Security Partners Forum

Grant Lecky Msc, CSyP, CBCP, CMCP, CORP is 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 Canada. Lecky is also business continuity and strategic planning officer at the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in the Canadian government.

Grant, an Expert Network Member (Risk & Resilience) at the World Economic Forum, won five prestigious accolades in 2017 alone, including a spot on the Canadian Who’s Who and an Outstanding Achievement in Global Cybersecurity (OAGCS) Award from the Ontario College of Management and Technology.

His latest award is the the Bill Zalud Memorial Award for professional excellent/outstanding service in the security profession.

As well being named the 10th most influential professional in the security management category in IFSEC Global’s 2017 rankings (and 12th overall in 2014), Grant was included in Security Magazine’s Most Influential People in Security in 2012.

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

Abeer Khedr, information security director, National Bank of Egypt

Egypt

LinkedIn profile

 

Anders Hemli Rimstad, chief security officer, Aker ASA

Norway

LinkedIn profile

 

Andrew Thorburn, national brand manager, security, Atlas Gentech NZ

New Zealand

LinkedIn profile

Bonnie S Michelman, executive director, police, security and outside services, Massachusetts General Hospital

US

LinkedIn profile

 

Chenxi Wang, managing general partner, Raid Capital

US

LinkedIn profile

 

Dave White, president, Institute of Fire Safety Managers

UK

Biographical information

 

Eddie Reynolds, president and CEO, Iluminar Inc

US

LinkedIn profile

 

Dr Eduardo Fulgencio, president and CEO, Cure Unlimited Resources Inc

Philippines

LinkedIn profile

 

Emerald de Leeuw, CEO and founder, Eurocomply

Ireland

LinkedIn profile

 

Francisco Ramirez, country manager, Mexico, Central America & The Caribbean, Axis Communications

Mexico

LinkedIn profile

 

Jerome Pickett, executive vice president & chief security officer, National Basketball Association (NBA)

US

LinkedIn profile

 

Joe Connell, chairman, Association of Security Consultants

UK

LinkedIn profile

 

Jonathan O’Neill OBE, managing director, Fire Protection Association

UK

Bio info

 

Kirsty Bradley-McMurtrie, director, safety and security, Conestoga College

Canada

LinkedIn profile

 

Magda Chelly, managing director, Responsible Cyber Pte

Singapore

LinkedIn profile

 

Malcolm B Reid, managing director, Brison

US

LinkedIn profile

 

Neil Sutton, editor, Canadian Security and SP&T News

Canada

LinkedIn profile

 

Phil Brownhill, head of training, Association of Specialist Fire Protection

UK

LinkedIn profile

 

Dr Roger Harrison, technical director, Fire Safety, BRE

UK

Bio info

 

Rowena Fell, global and EMEIA technology risk operations leader, EY

UK

LinkedIn profile

 

Sandi Davies, executive director, International Foundation for Protection Officers

US

LinkedIn profile

 

Sandra Ragg, first assistant secretary for cybersecurity, Australian Department of Home Affairs

Australia

LinkedIn profile

 

Stephen Ackroyd, senior lecturer in aviation security, Buckinghamshire New University

UK

LinkedIn profile

 

Stephen Martin MIET, head of specialist groups, Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA)

UK

LinkedIn profile

 

Lord Toby Harris, House of Lords

UK

Wikipedia entry

 

Dr Vallop Kinchansilp, APSA International president & APSA Thailand chapter president, GUTS Group of Companies

Thailand

Bio info

Warren Spencer, managing director, Blackhurst Budd Solicitors

UK

Bio info

 

Wesley Simpson, chief operating officer, (ISC)2, Inc

US

LinkedIn profile

 


 

Categories of influencers

  • Commercial security – manufacturers/vendors
  • Commercial security – end users (ie heads of security, directors of security, etc)
  • Commercial security – association figures, academics, thought leaders
  • Commercial security – Security executives
  • Cybersecurity professionals and thought leaders
  • Fire – entire supply chain, from manufacturers of life safety equipment to consultants, fire risk assessors and individuals who shape guidance and standards
  • Installers – fire and security
  • One to watch – commercial security

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
  • 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

Installers (fire and security)

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 (eg, 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, market share or reputation for excellence)
  • Played a pivotal role in their company’s diversification into new markets (eg IP, home automation, fire, etc)

The results will be announced in the IFSEC Security Briefing (which you can register for here) during May 2019.