Register of Chartered Security Professionals welcomes 14 new registrants

24 June 2020

THE REGISTER of Chartered Security Professionals was very fortunate to be able to hold its Annual Celebratory Dinner for registrants on 12 March, just a few days before the lockdown started. Hosted at the magnificent Stationers Hall in the City of London, the attendees were able to celebrate another successful year for the Register and witness certificate presentations to 14 new Chartered Security Professionals (CSyPs).

The host was Baroness Henig of Lancaster CBE DL, chairman of the Registration Authority. Guests included Mike Barley (Master of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals), Commissioner Ian Dyson QPM of the City of London Police (who served as the after-dinner speaker), compere Bob Martin JP CSyP, CSyPs and guests, as well as members of the Register’s Management Board.

Two key supporting organisations (ie the Security Industry Authority and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure) were also represented, alongside leading universities which provide academic qualifications in security. Unable to attend in person was Lord Alex Carlile, who had previously accepted a position as Patron of the Register of Chartered Security Professionals during 2019.

In welcoming guests, Baroness Henig made reference to the rising levels of 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 running weekly in order to meet demand for participants across the globe. Recruitment success in 2019 could also be measured in the additional number of volunteers trained who are now participating in assessing applicants.

The Baroness also thanked the generosity of event sponsors Dallmeier UK, The Security Event, Wagestream and Bidvest Noonan, all of whom were represented.

The remainder of 2020 will focus on delivery of the agreed Business Plan which was developed and published last year. All CSyPs will have the opportunity to contribute towards this. The 2021 Annual Celebratory Dinner will be held on 11t March, with the intention being to return to The Stationers Hall.

It was an extra special evening for those Chartered Security Professionals receiving certificates from Baroness Henig, while the Registrar David Gill CSyP read citations which demonstrated their diversity, impressive backgrounds and achievements.

The new Chartered Security Professionals include 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 (of the University of West London and current chair of The Security Institute).

Citations for new registrants

Professor Alison Wakefield 

Alison is a leading light across the whole sector, not only for her academic prowess and ability to richly advise and feed into Government and other organisations, but also by dint of her chairmanship of The Security Institute. A renowned academic in security and criminology, Alison is an exemplar of thought leadership and professionalism. She olds a PhD in Criminology from the University of Cambridge and is the third Professor to be admitted to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals alongside Professor Martin Gill and Professor Phil Wood.

Allan Parry

Allan is the lead national inter-agency liaison officer for the Scottish Ambulance Service and directly responsible for co-ordinating liaison and support to all domestic and international partner agencies on serious and organised crime and counter-terrorism issues. With a distinguished military background, he continues to practice in public protection, where his extensive academic pedigree in security disciplines as a graduate of the universities in Bristol and St Andrews will underpin his doctoral research into the psychology of counter-terrorism operations undertaken with Liverpool University.

Amanda Seevaratnam

Amanda is an extremely experienced senior security professional with a background in the defence industry, more recently in the Ministry of Defence. Amanda’s abilities and management expertise have led to her being the strategic lead on many high-level security and defence projects. Amanda is an ASIS Certified Protection Professional and holds an MSc in Security Management.

James Eaton

James is a cyber risk specialist advising a major financial institution. He is a former intelligence officer in the Armed Forces with commendations from the National Crime Agency and the Metropolitan Police Service. 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 and Emergency Management and a Diploma in Management and Leadership.

Matthew Hatchard

Matthew is a technical specialist and expert in ICT with a leading European security and risk management group. He is a Chartered IT Professional and a Prince 2 practitioner and holds a BSc in Computing, Network Security and Communications. He also holds an MSc (with distinction) in Project Management.

Nick Davies

Nick is the strategic lead for security for commercial entities within the Kings Cross area of London. Prior to his current role he served with the Metropolitan Police Service as a Borough Commander. Nick was the national lead on some major technology-based crime prevention and research initiatives. In addition to completing numerous police senior command courses, Nick also holds a number of advanced qualifications in counter-terrorism, international security management, occupational Health and Safety and in management (via the Institute of Chartered Management).

Paul Barnard

Paul served with the City of London Police attaining the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent. He led on numerous multi-agency projects including serious and organised crime and cyber crime. Paul is currently a director of a national security company and is also on the Board of The Security Institute with a keen interest in mentoring young people from across the sector. Paul holds a Master’s degree in Applied Criminology from Cambridge University.

Peter Jones

Peter is a subject matter expert in access control. He designs and delivers advanced high-tech integrated security solutions to some of the UK’s largest commercial businesses. Peter holds an MBA, his dissertation being related to the introduction of new security technologies. He is currently undertaking a Master’s degree in Cyber Security at Cardiff University. Peter is a member of The Security Institute.

Rob Kennedy

Rob Is a senior member of a major security company. He 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 Special Interest Group as well as being an active member in the Business Continuity, Emergency Planning, Crisis Management and Resilience Special Interest Groups.

Simon Harris

Simon’s successful admission is thoroughly deserved given his outstanding career and academic achievements. His career started by him serving as a police constable. His talents were quickly recognised and led to him being selected to join the Serious Organised Crime Agency. Simon eventually chose to change his career path from law enforcement and went into commercial security. He has since worked in corporate security for some high-profile organisations. Simon is currently the EMEA director of security and Health and Safety for one of the largest film and entertainment businesses in the world. Simon’s academic achievements include a BA in Criminology and Politics and an MSc in Criminology

Spencer Bowdler

Spencer is a highly experienced security professional and 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 for the nuclear industry).