The renowned industry awards are currently in their nineteenth year and have been sponsored by Camberford Law plc – specialist insurance brokers to the security industry – since their inception. The awards themselves serve to recognise the talent, dedication, skill and bravery exhibited by security personnel in their roles each and every day.
This year, there was a special commendation, runner up and overall winner for each of the five categories: Outstanding Act, Best Newcomer, Best Use of Technology, Service to the Customer and Best Team.
Discussing the value of the awards, James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA commented: “The past year has been extremely testing for the United Kingdom, with numerous terror events shocking the nation. In times like these, it is important to recognise the true value of security personnel, who are often the first responders in times of emergency and play a vital role in keeping our country safe. This year’s winners are a perfect testament to the truly high calibre of personnel we have working within our industry.”
James went on to add: “We received a high number of fantastic nominations this year, making the judging process a tough one; this year’s winners should be extremely proud of their achievements.”
The award presentations took place at the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon, held at the Grand Connaught Rooms near Covent Garden on 12th July 2017. As well as being a celebration of the outstanding achievements of security personnel, the Luncheon was a particularly special occasion as it was also a celebration of the Association’s 50th anniversary.
This year’s keynote speaker was renowned publisher, writer and broadcaster, Andrew Neil, who entertained guests with discussions about the political climate in the United Kindgom, Europe and the United States.
Discussing their long standing support of the awards, David Ottewill, Managing Director for Camberford Law plc, commented: “Camberford Law plc is delighted to be involved in the sponsoring of the BSIA’s Security Personnel Awards 2017. We applaud and encourage the promoting of professionalism within the industry and also the hard work and dedication required by the entrants to achieve such an award.
“We have been insuring security companies for over 30 years and all too often the work of the security company and their individuals is overlooked, despite the fact that they play such a crucial role in public life and we feel it is only fair to recognise the outstanding achievers in this field. Well done to all the finalists.”
Service to the Customer
Special Commendation: Phillip Hillman – Mitie Total Security Management
Runner Up: Winston Cooper – Mitie Total Security Management
Overall Winner: Tom Lewis – The Westgrove Group
Special Commendation: Charles Stewart – SecuriGroup Services
Runner Up: John Atkins – Vision Security Group (VSG)
Overall Winner: Megin Dorrian – The Westgrove Group
Special Commendation: John Moore – Robinson Services
Runner Up: Erin Jackson – SecuriGroup Services
Overall Winner: Simon Searle – Vision Security Group (VSG)
Best Use of Technology
Special Commendation: Jason Thomas – The Westgrove Group
Runner Up: Steven McKenzie – SecuriGroup Services
Overall Winner: Andrew Horner – Kings Security Systems
Special Commendation: JLL Bridgewater Place – Vision Security Group (VSG)
Runner Up: North Bristol Trust Southmead – OCS UK Ltd Group
Overall Winner: Union Square Security Team – Vision Security Group (VSG)
The British Security Industry Association is the trade association covering all aspects of the professional security industry in the UK. Its members provide over 70% of UK security products and services and adhere to strict quality standards. For more information see www.bsia.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0845 389 3889/020 3585 1444.