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The Security Institute has crossed the 2000 member-mark. Garry Evanson CSyP, Chairman of the institute, said: “In the past 18 months we have been recruiting at record levels and this reflects our strategic shift towards representing members of the profession at all stages of their career, not simply when they have reached the higher branches of the tree. In the past I believe some people may have been deterred from seeking to join us because of the perception that we were in some way elitist and that one had to wait to be invited in order to become a member; that’s simply not the case, as this landmark achievement shows.”
Founded in 1999, the Security Institute reports that it offers all the services of a mainstream professional body such as Continuing Professional Development, education, events and networking.
Gary said: “We will always want to attract those who believe they are amongst the best at what they do, wherever they may be in the hierarchy. One of the main roles of a professional body is to offer support in the development of skills and to give tangible assistance to those who have ambitions to build a long-term successful career in this field. There’s no doubt about it in my mind that membership of a professional body and the letters after your name that it bestows is a great signal to employers and clients that you are serious about professionalism.”
The actual 2000th member, as determined by the Institute’s Validation Board is Peter Rees, the Chief Operating Officer of Guarding UK Ltd. He says: “I see membership of the Security Institute as a strategic advantage at this point in my career and look forward to meeting and interacting with my peers, in what is and will continue to be a demanding profession. The focus of the Institute on developing and nurturing talent chimes very much with my own view that a career in security can be hugely rewarding. Over half our senior managers at GUK have been promoted from within the company, having proved their worth and shown potential for promotion. I believe that this benefits, not only the individual, but also GUK. Having dedicated, hard-working staff has enabled me to steer their careers, allowing them to benefit from the many years of experience people like myself have. Membership of the leading professional body in the sector is a logical part of that development, for them and for me.”
Evanson added that the institute won’t be resting on its laurels and the next milestone is 3000 members.