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George van Schalkwyk Trophy

At its annual Christmas curry night in London, the Security Institute presented this year’s George van Schalkwyk Trophy to the institute’s immediate past chairman Mike Bluestone MA CSyP FSyI.

Mike, who was nominated jointly by Institute directors Andrew Nicholls and Mike Hurst, joined the Security Institute in 1999, and was several years on the Validation Board before becoming chairman in March 2009. During his four years at the helm he supported the introduction of student membership, the continuing professional development scheme and mentoring, and was instrumental in the development and launch of the Register of Chartered Security Professionals.

Mike said: “I am deeply honoured and humbled to receive this very special award. The Security Institute has been part of my DNA since I joined in 1999 as member No 20, and I will continue to do my bit as a Vice President. I had the honour of setting up the Remembrance Lecture during my tenure.”

Mike is Director of Consulting at Corps Security, and acknowledge the support received from the firm, and in particular CEO Peter Webster, during his term of office.

Mike is pictured with Institute Chairman Emma Shaw CSyP. She said: “The George van Schalkwyk Trophy is awarded annually to the Institute member making a significant contribution to security professionalism and Mike has been recognised for all his years of dedication and commitment to not just to the Institute but also to the security industry.”

George van Schalkwyk was an Institute member who was killed in a helicopter accident in Afghanistan in 2006. The award is made in his memory, and sponsored by Institute Fellow Bruce Braes of Organisational Resilience Pty Ltd, in Western Australia.

Recipients, who are chosen by the membership, receive an etched de vecchi silver dish along with a commemorative certificate. Visit

About the Security Institute

A not for profit organisation, it was established in 1999 for the benefit of individuals working in the security sector. It promotes the art and science of security management and works to drive standards, educate and spread best practice across the security sector.

The Institute is managing and operating the Register of Chartered Security Professionals on behalf of the WCoSP. With the Registration Authority it sets standards, provides quality control, appointment and management of licensees, and admitted registrants. The Security Institute has processed over 60 applications; there are 43 Chartered Security Professionals.


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