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Sarah on board

Sarah Austerberry has been co-opted onto the Security Institute’s board of directors. Sarah, pictured, is a holder of the CSyP (Chartered Security Professional) certification and is a fellow of the Institute.

Sarah had a career of 20 years working in UK Government in the field of personnel security. She’s now the Director of Au Security Consulting. Her role includes auditing, designing and developing innovative personnel and people security risk mitigation for the critical national infrastructure and crowded places (government and private industry) in the UK and overseas.

Through her work with the Institute and a number of universities, Sarah has shown commitment to championing professional development, as well as encouraging young professionals to enter the industry, the Institute reports. Her online seminar about security culture was featured in the October print edition of Professional Security magazine. In October, Sarah co-hosted the Institute’s Virtual Conference Week.

Institute Chair Prof Alison Wakefield PhD CSyP FSyI said: “Sarah is a longstanding supporter and active member of the Institute who brings significant expertise and profile in national and organisational security to the Board of Directors. As we seek to build our capability and prominence as thought leaders in the ever-widening security domain, Sarah has a significant amount to contribute and we very much look forward to working more closely with her.”

The Institute’s Chair Elect Peter Lavery FSyI added: “On behalf of the Institute membership and the Board I am delighted that Sarah has accepted our invitation to join the Board of Directors. Sarah has already made a significant contribution to the Institute with her work on insider risks and we also greatly appreciated her co-hosting of our annual Virtual Conference Week. Sarah brings considerable experience from her former career in HM Government and as a subject matter expert in personnel and people security risks.”

Sarah said: “I am delighted to be have been asked to join the Board of the Directors of the Security Institute. This is my opportunity to give something back to the Institute, which has supported my career in security over many years. I very much look forward to this role helping to shape and steer the Institute and developing a portfolio that will add value to our members.”

She will formally stand for election at the Institute’s AGM in April 2021.


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