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David Clark Award

The umbrella body the Security Commonwealth is asking for nominations for the David Clark Award for Exceptional Contribution to the UK Security Industry’, the David Clark Award for short.

David Clark CPP PCI PSP FISRM FinstLM, pictured, a former Chair of the Security Commonwealth (SyCom) and ASIS (UK Chapter), made exceptional contributions across the UK security profession before his early death in autumn 2019. This award will serve as a legacy, building upon David’s efforts to encourage continuous improvement within the UK security sector.

You can nominate any individual or initiative on the recommendation of a SyCom membership group; or any programme or initiative of any SyCom membership body or cross-organisational programme or initiative.

Adjudication will be by a panel from SyCom membership bodies and others from the security industry, overseen by a SyCom Moderating Panel. Entries will be judged according to these 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’

When to enter

Entries are open between Friday, August 6, and September 12, 2021. Written entries should be of no more of no more than 650 words and must address the bullet points listed above. Entries should be forwarded to

Award ceremony

The 2021 David Clark Award will be announced at presentation made at CONSEC 2021, the annual conference of the Association of Security Consultants (ASC) on Thursday, October 21 at Twickenham Stadium in west London. Visit

Jayne King, Chair of the UK Security Commonwealth says: “At the last Sy Com Committee meeting we announced that the Security Commonwealth would be offering a new annual award for Exceptional Contributions to the UK Security Industry. The award will be known as the David Clark Award In recognition of his standing and 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 the new award off to a strong start and to do this we need a range of worthy entries. To this end, please would you consider entries from your own organisations or those who you would wish to support. Please also spread the word within your organisations and beyond.”

And Joe Connell, Chair of Association of Security Consultants and a past chair of the Commonwealth says: “The ASC is delighted to host the Security Commonwealth’s David Clark Award at its annual exhibition and conference CONSEC. David Clark was a friend to many and an inspiration to even more. It’s a real pleasure to see his powerful legacy of making an exceptional contribution live on through this annual award.”

Entry to CONSEC is free. Registrations can be made at


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