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Queen’s birthday honours

The security industry has been sending congratulations to those who gained awards in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

ASIS UK Police Liaison, Insp Richard Stones CSyP was made OBE “for services to Policing and the business community, particularly in the East Midlands”. He’s a Nottinghamshire Police man and staff officer to the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead on business crime.

Andy Williams CPP, Chairman of the ASIS UK Chapter, said: “With the police service in the UK being subject to further budget reductions, the pressure on non-front line departments to reduce expenditure whilst improving efficiency is huge. In that context, it is particularly gratifying to see work that Richard has undertaken being rewarded in this way. As a former police Officer myself, I am especially proud to have Richard working as part of the ASIS UK team in his police liaison role.”

Richard was the first serving police officer to be awarded Chartered Security Professional status (CSyP), in 2011. He’s also a Fellow of the Security Institute and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. Richard said: ‘it’s great to be recognised in this way, I was shocked when I received the letter and initially thought it was a windup. I hope it will help raise the profile of ASIS particularly in policing circles where a closer collaboration with business and industry standard would help us all.’

The long-time stadium safety management man Jim Chalmers, was made MBE. The stadium manager at Conference club Kidderminster Harriers (and is pictured inside the control room at the Harriers’ Aggborough ground), he was match day commander at Aston Villa during a West Midlands Police career; and then a ground inspector for the then inspectorate the Football Licensing Authority. He was given the award as the president of the Football Safety Officers Association (FSOA) and has written on sports ground safety.

Another former policeman, from North Yorkshire, Malcolm Dawson, acting head of security at the University of Leeds, was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to higher education and students. Malcolm has a football connection; as a Vice-President of York City. He’s the northern regional rep for the association for university heads of security, AUCSO.

More in the August 2015 print issue of Professional Security magazine.

Alastair Murray, until recently Security Office Operations Manager at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, was made MBE; and Colonel Jeremy Brown, Head of Operations and Security, at the Tower for London, for work towards the commemorations of the centenary of the outbreak of the 1914-18 war, including the remarkable and much-visited field of poppies in the Tower’s moat in November 2014.


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