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Chartered Security Professionals presentations

The Register of Chartered Security Professionals held its Annual Celebratory Dinner for its registrants on Thursday, March 12, days before the Covid-19 lockdown. Hosted at the Stationers Hall in the City of London, the evening saw certificate presentations to some 14 new Chartered Security Professionals.

The host was Baroness Ruth Henig of Lancaster CBE DL, Chairman of the Registration Authority; guests included the Master of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP) Mike Barley. An after-dinner speaker was City of London Police Commissioner Ian Dyson; compere Bob Martin JP CSyP. Two supporting bodies, the Security Industry Authority (SIA), and Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure were also represented, alongside universities which provide academic qualifications in security. Unable to attend was Lord Alex Carlile, who had accepted a position as Patron of the Register in 2019.

In welcoming guests, Baroness Henig made reference to the rising interest in the Register, as seen by the number of attendees at the CSyP Application Workshops. These continue to be held online for potential applicants with free sessions held weekly. Success in 2019 could also be measured in the volunteers trained who are now participating in assessing applicants.

The Baroness also thanked the event sponsors Dallmeier electronic UK, Wagestream and Bidvest Noonan, all represented.

Plans for the remainder of 2020 will focus on delivery of an agreed Business Plan which developed and published in 2019; CSyPs will have the opportunity to contribute to this. The 2021 dinner is due on March 11, and it is intended to return to Stationers Hall.

New CSyPs who received certificates from Baroness Henig, while the Registrar David Gill CSyP read citations, included Simon Harris (Sony Picture Entertainment), Richard Spence (FCO), Adam Reed (Sky), Amanda Seevaratam (DE & S Abbeywood), Paul Barnard (Ward Security), Spencer Bowdler (Strategic Security Consultant), Matthew Hatchard (Scutum), Pete Jones (Third Millenium), Rob Kennedy (Securigroup) and Professor Alison Wakefield (University of West London).


The Register of Chartered Security Professionals is managed and operated by the Security Institute on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, who were granted the exclusive right to a professional register in a Royal Charter granted in 2010. As at July 1, 2020 there are 172 Chartered Security Professionals; based in UK, USA and Canada, Africa, Australia, Middle and Far East and Europe. Chartered Security Professionals, CSyPs for short, have to complete annual continual professional development and adhere to a code of professional conduct. Visit

New CSyPs in brief

Professor Alison Wakefield – Alison is chair of the Security Institute. An academic in security and criminology; she holds a PhD in Criminology from the University of Cambridge and is the third Professor to be admitted to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals after Prof Martin Gill (Perpetuity) and Prof Phil Wood (Bucks New).

Allan Parry – Allan is the Lead National Inter-agency Liaison Officer for the Scottish Ambulance Service, responsible for co-ordinating liaison and support to domestic and international partner agencies on Serious and Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism issues. With a military background, he continues to practice in public protection. His doctoral research is into the psychology of Counter Terrorism Operations, with Liverpool University.

Amanda Seevaratnam – Amanda’s background is in defence, more recently in the MoD. She’s an ASIS Certified Protection Professional and holds an MSc in Security Management.

James Eaton – James is a cyber risk specialist advising a financial institution. James is a former Intelligence Officer in the armed forces with commendations from the National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police. James is a Fellow of the Security Institute; and a Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Continuity, Security & Emergency Management and a Diploma in Management & Leadership.

Matthew Hatchard – Matthew is a technical specialist in Information Communication Technology with a European security and risk management group. Matthew is a Chartered IT Professional, a Prince 2 practitioner and holds a BSc in computing Network Security & Communications’ he holds an MSc in Project Management (Distinction).

Nick Davies – Nick is the strategic lead for security for commercial entities within the Kings Cross area of London. He was a Metropolitan Police Borough Commander and was the national lead on some technology-based crime prevention and research initiatives. He holds a number of advanced qualifications in: Counter Terrorism, International Security Management, Occupational Health & Safety and in Management via the Institute of Chartered Management.

Paul Barnard – Paul served with the City of London Police attaining the rank of Det Chief Supt; he led on numerous multi-agency projects including serious and organised crime and cyber-crime. Paul is on the board of the Security Institute with an interest in mentoring young people from across the sector. Paul holds a Master’s degree in Applied Criminology from Cambridge University.

Peter Jones – Peter designs and delivers integrated security solutions to some of the UK’s largest commercial businesses. Pete holds an MBA; his dissertation related to the introduction of new security technologies. He is taking a Master’s degree in Cyber Security at Cardiff University. Pete is a member of the Security Institute.

Rob Kennedy – Rob specialises in physical security protection and Training. Rob studied at Leicester University and holds a BA and Master’s degree in Security and Risk Management. Rob is a member of the Security Institute and chairs the Security Education Accreditation Training and Standards SIG (special interest group) as well as an active member in the Business Continuity, Emergency Planning, Crisis Management and Resilience SIG.

Simon Harris – Simon started as a police constable, and was selected to join the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA, now NCA). Simon chose to change his career path from law enforcement and went into commercial security and has since worked in corporate security; he is the EMEA Director of Security and Health & Safety for a film and entertainment business. Simon has a BA in Criminology and Politics and an MSc in Criminology.

Spencer Bowdler – Spencer is a lead consultant for a national security company. Spencer has advised on a range of security and risk measures on some of the UK’s major construction projects including the nuclear industry.


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