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Institute dinner and awards

The Security Institute hosted their second Summer Awards Gala and Dinner, at ZSL London Zoo. The evening, sponsored by Institute corporate partners ICTS Consult and Excellentia, was attended by over 80 guests and supported by members, guests, directors and HQ staff. A certificate was awarded to new corporate partners ICTS Consult and Falcon DHQ.

The first of four awards, the President’s Award, was presented to Dan Elstone, a non-member who aspires to begin learning on the Institute’s BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Security Management. Dan was nominated by Lee Garner, an NHS Regional Security Manager for north Wales, for demonstrating his potential in the security sector. Dan has been Security Supervisor with Ribby Hall Village since last year. He has written policies for security procedures on the site and for CCTV in relation to data protection principles with GDPR considerations, as well as recently passing his IOSH qualification and Fire Safety, becoming a Fire Safety Officer for the holiday park near Preston. He also initiated new technology for the facility and negotiated the purchasing of body cams for security officers.

The second award was accepted by the Institute’s Education Partners, PerpetuityARC, on behalf of Stephen Mangan. He was awarded the John Aplin Award for achieving the highest score on the Institute’s BTEC Level 3 Certificate distance learning. The award of a £100 cheque and certificate is named after IISec’s (the International Institute of Security, with whom the Institute merged with in 2008) former director and deputy chairman who played a major role in producing the first levels of the national vocational qualifications (NVQs) for the industry. On behalf of IISec he was responsible for its important relationship with C&G to ensure that a high standard of examination was maintained.

Christina Kent (left) and Keeva Gilchrist (right) of PerpetuityARC are pictured accepting the John Aplin Award on Stephen Mangan’s behalf from Dr Alison Wakefield, Institute chairman, centre.

The third award of the night was given to Ashton Kingdon, a student at the University of Portsmouth who was recognised for her research in her dissertation, “Seductions of the Caliphate: A Cultural Criminological Analysis of Online Islamic State Propaganda”. She was awarded the Wilf Knight Award for her distinction in academic study, during her Master’s degree via distance learning, while she was working full time. She’s completing a second Master’s degree and PhD in Web Science at the University of Southampton.

Baroness Ruth Henig CBE, president of the Institute, presented the final award of the night to Andrew Nicholls, for this year’s George van Schalkwyk Award; for his contributions to security management in the previous year. Andrew as a long-time friend of the Institute was nominated by Chief Executive, Rick Mounfield, for his years of service to the wider security community. Andrew was the interim Chief Executive before Rick’s appointment in spring 2017. Andrew encouraged the board to expand its reach into the public sector, and secured two partnerships with the Foreign Office and Civil Aviation Authority, that led onto further engagement from agencies across the Government in general and MoD in particular.

Andrew now volunteers his time as chair of the East Midlands region of CSSC (the Cross-sector Safety and Security Communications hub).


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