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Institute vice-chairmen

The Security Institute has two new vice-chairmen.  Institute finance director Emma Shaw becomes Vice-Chairman (Business) and Garry Evanson, previously responsible for standards, Vice-Chairman (Operations).



Emma is the Managing Director of Esoteric Ltd, an Electronic Sweeping, Counter-Espionage and Intelligence gathering company, founded in 1998, based in Woking.  An MBA graduate, and a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) Emma’s early career was spent with the Royal Military Police, followed by a career in the Security Service (MI5). Emma is also a Board member of the Defence Industry Security Association (DISA); a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of the Advisory Council for CSARN.  


Emma says: “I have had the privilege of being a Director of the Institute for a number of years largely responsible for Finance and Validation.  As Vice-Chairman (Business), I aim to ensure that the Institute continues to operate profitably and is prepared for continued growth. I aim to review and develop the on-going strategy of the organisation ensuring it meets the needs of our members; achieves our aims of Chartered Status and allows the Institute to be viewed as the pre-eminent Security body.”


Garry is Head of Security at Westminster Abbey having been Head of Security Operations for the banknote and passport manufacturers DeLaRue. Earlier he was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Military Police having served in Iraq, Bosnia and West Africa. He gained a MSc. in Policing Science (Portsmouth), a Pg.Dip. in Security Management (Loughborough) and PGCE in Higher Education (Surrey). His previous Institute activity has included participation in the Academic Board, launch of the new Standards remit, and he is the Institute lead on the annual Wilf Knight Award for students.


Garry says: “The introduction of a Vice Chairman post for Operations is key to providing a focus on all Institute issues which are not part of the working business/financial framework. This therefore encompasses Standards, Academic and Student issues, Membership and Validation as well as Publications, Mentoring, Continuing Professional Development, Cyber Security and the newly added Public Sector Development (PSD) work stream. The Vice Chairman (Operations) will also take a lead part in planning and spearheading the Institute’s journey towards chartered status.”


Institute chairman Mike Bluestone said: “Although all Directors are volunteers, we run the Institute as a business, and for that reason it is vitally important we continue to development the strategy and management structure to deliver the core aims of the Institute. I am extremely fortunate to have a wealth of experience on the Board of Directors, which has been democratically elected by the membership. We all share the passion to help the Institute grow and provide a natural home for security professionals across the breadth and depth of the sector. I very much look forward to working closely with Emma and Garry, supported by the rest of the Board and staff to ensure we continue to meet member expectations.” Both Emma and Garry are CSyPs, and have become Interview Assessors for the Register. 


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